HIDDEN KILLERS by Lynda LaPlante (October 20th 2016, Simon & Schuster UK)
HIDDEN KILLERS sees Jane acting as a ‘decoy’ prostitute, with the hope of capturing a suspect wanted for numerous sexual assaults. The attacker is drawn in and put under arrest.
Commended for bravery in the case, Jane is given CID status and moves from Hackney to Bow Street Station as Detective. Her first call-out is to a non-suspicious death. The victim is a young mother, drowned tragically in her bath, leaving a bereft and doting husband and a young child.
The two storylines interweave as Jane begins to doubt the evidence against her assailant in East London, and becomes certain that the young woman in the bath did not drown in tragic circumstances. Two entirely different cases but one common thread – the lingering doubt in Jane’s mind around the evidence, and around her colleagues…
In anticipation for GOOD FRIDAY; the third book in the TENNISON series (Jane Tennison of PRIME SUSPECT, set in her early years as a police offer in the 1970s) being released on August 24th, I thought it about time I sit and read HIDDEN KILLERS.
I loved TENNISON. There was something beautiful about the simplicity of the story, but balanced with enough action, story and character development that I enjoy reading in police procedurals.
Jane has proved once again that she is a force to be reckoned with. She has to fight her way through the male dominated CID team in order to get noticed. And she does get noticed – a lot of the time for the wrong reasons, but she is a tough cookie and never seems to let too much get to her. She can be too professional for her own good at times!
The one aspect that made me want to come back for more is the setting. I’m starting to become ‘anti-technology’, and this is spilling over into what I like to read. There are too many fictional crime stories (both TV and books) where the detectives rely heavily on the techology to solve crimes. HIDDEN KILLERS, mainly due to being set in the 1970s relies more on ‘old fashioned’ policing.
As someone who has been introduced to Jane Tennison through the prequel series, I wait with a nervous and exciting energy as to what she has to face next. I’m looking forward to sharing my views with you on GOOD FRIDAY when the book is released on August 24th.
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