Duty to the job or personal ambition? Anna Travis must decide where her loyalties lie . . .
Six months ago, London nightclub owner Josh Reynolds was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head, the gun held in his right hand. His death was quickly determined to be a suicide, the investigation was closed . . . a case done and dusted.
A young man, awaiting trial for armed robbery has informed his guards that Reynolds was murdered, and that he has information to share with the police. DCS James Langton tasks DCI Anna Travis to review the case. As soon as she wraps up the investigation, Langton tells Anna, she can join him at the FBI Academy in Virginia for training.
Meanwhile, Senior FBI Agent, Jessie Dewar, crime scene expert, is seconded to Anna's team as part of her research. Dewar's brash manner soon ruffles feathers among the MET, and what should have been a simple case of tying up loose ends becomes a political nightmare as the competence of the original investigation team is questioned.
Anna's trip to America is approaching, but now that the situation at the MET has become so volatile, can she trust Dewar to finish the job in her absence?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
For fans of Anna Travis, book nine of Lynda La Plante’s series is essential reading, giving more insight into Anna’s personal state of mind than in previous books. She’s given what appears to be an interesting but simple case by her single-minded mentor DCS James Langton, along with the promise that once it’s finished, she can move up the career ladder. But she’s thrown a curve ball in the form of Jessie Dewar, a crime scene expert who ruffles feathers, leaving Anna in the middle of a political storm. She’s forced to make a decision—finishing the case with integrity or putting herself and her future first.
In La Plante's convoluted ninth Anna Travis novel (after 2013's Backlash), the English detective chief inspector takes charge of re-examining the months-old suicide of Joshua Reynolds, a London nightclub owner, after a man arrested for assaulting a police officer claims that it's a case of murder. Setting aside plans to take an FBI course in Quantico, Va., Anna teams with Jessie Dewar, a hotshot FBI agent who's in Europe doing research for a doctorate in forensic psychology. Anna and Jessie don't see eye-to-eye, but a bigger problem arises when the competence of the officers who initially investigated Reynolds's death comes into question. Revelations follow rapidly amid copious detail, both about the investigation and the characters' thoughts and personal lives. Some readers may be jarred by British expressions emerging from American mouths, such as Don Blane, an FBI agent, saying, "Transport is just outside." Not bloody likely.
Great book as always could not put it down
Great twist and turns
Excellent, gripping throughout right to the end!
Excellent read yet again from Lynda la plante