The groundbreaking thriller from the Queen of Crime Drama and the basis for Steve McQueen's upcoming major motion picture. WIDOWS is a fast-paced heist thriller with an all female cast you won't forget
Facing life alone, they turned to crime together
A security van heist goes disastrously wrong and three women are left widowed.
When Dolly Rawlins discovers her gang boss husband's plans for the failed hijack, an idea starts to form . . .
Could she and the other wives finish the job their husbands started?
As the women rehearse the raid, it becomes clear that someone else must have been involved.
But only three bodies were found in the wreckage.
Who was the fourth man?
And where is he now?
'The perfect summer read' My Weekly
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Before the 2018 Steve McQueen and Gillian Flynn movie, Widows was a classic British TV miniseries based on this 1983 novel by Lynda La Plante, who went on to create the outstanding Prime Suspect franchise about policewoman Jane Tennison. La Plante is a gifted thriller author: As her newly widowed characters, Dolly, Linda, and Shirley, band together to pull off their dead husbands’ planned heist, she keeps the proceedings going with sure-footed pacing and knife-edge dialogue. Her smart, stylish caper with a nothing-left-to-lose edge reminds us of the work of crime masters like Raymond Chandler and Donald Westlake.
A dynamite premise and ample plot twists help compensate for the glacial pace of La Plante's novelization of her breakout TV series, originally published in the U.K. in 1983. After Dolly Rawlins learns that her husband, Harry, died in a fiery wreck while attempting to rob an armored car along with two other men, she discovers that Harry, the gang's leader, stashed a written plan for the failed heist in a safe deposit box. This find inspires Dolly to team up with Linda Pirelli and Shirley Miller, the widows of Harry's two assistants, to try and accomplish what their spouses couldn't. The job requires four people, necessitating the recruitment of street-savvy prostitute Bella O'Reilly and raising the question: why did the authorities recover only three bodies from the crash? Complications include a London cop who's determined to uncover evidence of the crew's prior crimes. La Plante (Good Friday) does a fine job showing the widows rise to the occasion. This reissue arrives just in time for filmmaker Steve McQueen's Hollywood adaptation.
Great book, had me guessing all the time. Love all of the girls.