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Above Suspicion (Anna Travis Series #1)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A terrific British police procedural

    Having just graduated from Oxford with no experience, Anna Travis knows that the only reason that Detective Chief Inspector James Langton hired her as Detective Superintendent is who she knew. When James was a newcomer, Anna¿s late father Detective Chief Superintendent Jack Travis mentored him so the DCI pays homage to the man who made him a cop by hiring his daughter. Anna plans to work diligently to prove that James was right to take a chance on her.------ A serial killer has murdered six prostitutes over twelve years, but apparently the seventh victim has no record of selling herself. DSI Langton and DS Travis find a suspicious link between the latest fatality, a seemingly innocent teen, and film actor Alan Daniels. Widening the geography of their inquiries, Anna and James analyze homicides at Daniels¿ movie shoot locations where similar deaths to their case occurred in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. Though the evidence is impelling against the actor, no beyond a shadow of a doubt proof surfaces instead the charming Daniels turns his attention on Anna.------ This is a terrific British police procedural that pulls no punches on why Anna gets the job. The investigation on both sides of the Atlantic is fabulous as both cops and other law enforcement types feel that Daniels is their killer, but there is nothing substantial to take before a jury. The triangular relationships add suspense as the audience wonders whether the naive rookie will fall for the seductive charm of the polished actor or will she act on her admiration and attraction to her superior. Lynda La Plante, author of the delightful Prime Suspect series, provides a marvelous first act to the elation of the sub-genre.----- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2006

    La Plante gets it right every time

    Lynda La Plante's books are great. This one is hard to put down. Her characters are believeble and the details of the investigation just carry you along. Well worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2006

    an avid book reader

    I thought this was an excellent book. It was well written and while I didn't want it to end, I couldn't stop reading. Haven't read something this good in a long time. Am definitely going to look into this author's other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

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    Prime Suspect author strikes again!

    DCI James Langton is trying to solve the old cold cases of 6 serial murders of prostitute/drug addicts when a new unlikely 7th victim may have materialized. Having convinced his superiors that he needs a large task force, DS Anna Travis is transferred to his team and together they review old cases and Travis finds a connection that links all the victims except for the newest.

    DCI Langton is a strong character whose handling of the team has some issues that may endanger Anna Travis both physically or emotionally, but together they solve the murders with good detective work.

    Lynda La Plante is the writer who developed the Prime Suspect series that brought Helen Mirren to the attention of many TV viewers and I believe that this series will probably be worth further pursuit. Definitely worth the investment of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2006

    Great new red headed woman detective!!!

    Lynda LaPlante's, ABOVE SUSPICION, is an exquisite planned and penned British detective/ clue driven mystery. Anna is a wonderful new face for this best-selling writer of the PRIME SUSPECT series. Anna is a pesky little red head who wants to be involved in everything, and is not to be deigned her say. Anna's father was with the force and taught her honor and 'guts'. She comes into this new case to meet her sexy, but highly driven boss, who is not above pushing everyone to their extreme limits to search down the clues to capture a clever serial murderer. Anna has a knack for driving herself to the limits in reading her cases for clues, and putting herself on the line with suspects, while remaining vulnerable within herself. The build up of suspense by La Plante is masterful and will not disappoint even the most fervent cynosure of the mystery in any form. A little romantic tension, some interesting interactions amongst police detectives, and a murderer who never lets up, keeps the reader involved right up until the last word!! Hopefully this will be the first in another great series by Lynda LaPlante with her newest heroine, Anna.

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