Above Suspicion (Anna Travis Series #1)

Above Suspicion (Anna Travis Series #1)

by Lynda La Plante
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Above Suspicion (Anna Travis Series #1) by Lynda La Plante

In the footsteps of Jane Tennison, immortalized by Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect, comes Anna Travis, a rookie female detective about to embark on her first murder case. The murders couldn't be more gruesome. The method of killing is identical, the backgrounds of the girls very similar — all are prostitutes. As the book opens, a seventh body is found, same modus operandi but the victim this time is a sweet young student. Anna stumbles on a vital piece of information that links one man to the killings, a well-known, much-loved actor. His protestation of innocence is convincing, and Anna might be succumbing to his flattering attention. What if he is arrested, the media erupts, and he is the wrong man?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743276856
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Series: Anna Travis Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 497,038
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lynda La Plante was born in Liverpool. She trained for the stage at RADA and worked with the National Theatre and RSC before becoming a television actress. She then turned to writing – and made her breakthrough with the phenomenally successful TV series Widows.
Her novels have all been international bestsellers. Her original script for the much-acclaimed Prime Suspect won awards from BAFTA, British Broadcasting and the Royal Television Society as well as the 1993 Edgar Allan Poe Award.
Lynda La Plante was made an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and was given the BAFTA Dennis Potter Award in 2000. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2008 and was inaugurated into the Crime Thriller Writers’ Hall of Fame in 2009.
Visit Lynda at her website: www.lyndalaplante.com
Twitter: @LaPlanteLynda

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Above Suspicion (Anna Travis Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 8 months ago
My boyfriend bought me the second book and little did I know that there was a series! I found this book for 99 cents and I thought it was great! It held my attention and at times was suspenseful. I really enjoyed reading this book and did have some little twists. I seem to always enjoy UK murder mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book, wish they were a little cheaper!
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CheliD More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.