Backlash (Anna Travis Series #8)

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Award-winning and international bestselling author Lynda La Plante returns with the eighth installment in her acclaimed series featuring London's Detective Chief Inspector Anna Travis.

Late night on a notorious high-rise estate in the borough of Hackney. A woman on the street never makes it home after a long night of drinking. A white van is being driven erratically. The driver is pulled over by the police and questioned. A suspect . . . an ...

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Backlash: An Anna Travis Novel

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Overview

Award-winning and international bestselling author Lynda La Plante returns with the eighth installment in her acclaimed series featuring London's Detective Chief Inspector Anna Travis.

Late night on a notorious high-rise estate in the borough of Hackney. A woman on the street never makes it home after a long night of drinking. A white van is being driven erratically. The driver is pulled over by the police and questioned. A suspect . . . an arrest . . . a confession. Case closed?

Five years earlier, a thirteen-year-old girl disappeared in broad daylight on a busy London street. Detective Chief Superintendent James Langton headed the investigation; the case was never solved. It has haunted him ever since. And now comes another confession, to this murder, and to one more besides. But is it too good to be true? After being pulled into the fray, Anna Travis isn't so sure that they have their man.

Then the suspect changes his story. . . .

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Publishers Weekly
08/26/2013
La Plante breaks no new ground in her eighth Anna Travis novel (after 2012’s Bloodline). Anna, now detective chief inspector for Specialist Casework, uses lateral thinking to restart stalled murder investigations, including one involving Henry Oates, the driver of a van that contained birthday party supplies—and a corpse. During his initial interrogation, Oates alluded to having committed other murders, and Anna must help determine the truth of his statements. Dull, routine police work focuses on identifying people who can provide information on Oates’s life and on looking for evidence to connect him with other killings. The interrogations themselves and the devising of strategies to get under the suspect’s skin have been done better elsewhere, including the TV series Prime Suspect (the author’s breakthrough). La Plante takes no risks in this installment. Agent: Gill Coleridge, Rogers, Coleridge & White (U.K.). (Oct.)
Booklist
“In this eighth entry in the Anna Travis series, La Plante offers another fine blend of police procedural and gritty thriller.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062134349
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Series: Anna Travis Series , #8
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 217,929
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynda La Plante's novels, including the Prime Suspect novels, have all been international bestsellers. She is an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and a member of the UK Crime Writers Awards Hall of Fame. She runs her own television production company, and lives in London and Easthampton, New York.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

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    In the 8th entry of the series featuring London¿s DCI Anna Travi

    In the 8th entry of the series featuring London’s DCI Anna Travis, the discovery of a young woman’s body in the back of a van opens up the possibility of finally getting a lead on a cold case that had been handled by her good friend and former mentor and lover, DCS James Langton, five years ago, when a 13-year-old girl, Rebekka Jordan, disappeared. The man the police arrested, when first questioned, confessed to the murder, as well as two others, including Jordan and a girl he refers to only as “Julia,” an exchange student from Dublin. On Langton’s recommendation, Travis has been heading up the Specialist Casework Investigations unit, but he now asks her to take up the investigation of the case that has haunted him for years, which she does. The author makes Langton’s obsession with the Jordan case, and the lingering grief of her parents, palpable.

    Soon after making his confession, however, the suspect retracts it, saying only that he “had made it all up for a laugh,” that “he read about the Jordan girl’s disappearance and he simply made up the name Julia.” But when a missing person report from 18 months ago is uncovered on a 21-year-old girl resembling the man’s description of “Julia,” which happened to be the girl’s middle name, they become determined to investigate further. That investigation leads them to suspect that there may have been even more murders of which the man was guilty.

    Langton and Travis are both slowly recovering from trauma, he a physical one that has put him on sick leave with a severe knee injury, she from the murder of her fiancé. The case becomes more complex as the investigation proceeds. I found the pace slow and at times plodding, much as I imagine real police work might be. That pace, and the tension, amp up considerably as the book nears its conclusion. I had been a great fan of the author’s “Prime Suspect” books, the basis for the wonderful TV series, but have to admit that I was somewhat disappointed in the present novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Well Written

    Excellent Mystery

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