"More than just an excellent mystery, Above Suspicion provides a dramatic look at victims and victimization. Author Lynda La Plante doesn't stop until she squeezes the last drop of emotion from the situation. The story and characters seamlessly flow into a reader's awareness as a complete and compelling reality. For a little added pleasure, an understated romance filters through the detectives' day-to-day grind. Highly recommended."
Romance Reviews Today
"This is a terrific British police procedural...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."
"Most people hear best-selling British author La Plante's name and think of embattled Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison...here she returns to the familiar (and beloved) police procedural. In this sharp and fast-paced book...as always, La Plante excels at involving readers in the inner workings of a police investigation. Recommended for public libraries."
"Above Suspicion is a really good thriller with a sympathetic heroine."
"A page-turning, nail-biting, and utterly gripping work of crime fiction."
True Romance magazine
"For those who love mysteries, and only wish that American crime writer Patricia Cornwell had a dirtier mind, "Above Suspicion" is their book. With the book's American release, Lynda La Plante, the British author of the "Prime Suspect" novels, is back with more bondage, buggery and blasphemy...This perky detective may not only capture the killer and avenge the virgin, but she also emerges as a woman. In the process, La Plante's dead hooker whodunit has turned into an ugly duckling fairy tale"
Los Angeles Times
"La Plante keeps readers devouring pages at a murderous rate with this mystery starring detective Anna Travis, the clever daughter of a former London police chief."
"snappy...zippy new mystery"
"Lynda La Plante practically invented the thriller. She is without a doubt one of the best writers working today. Above Suspicion blew me away it grabs you and doesn't let go until the last page."
Karin Slaughter, author of Faithless and Indelible
"Battle-scarred Jane Tennyson moves offstage to make room for a fresh, unlined face...La Plante has given us a smart, plucky series protagonist who's enormously likable despite, or because of, her frailties."
La Plante's gripping thriller (after Cold Shoulder, Cold Blood and the Prime Suspect television series) launches the crime-fighting career of another brainy, sexy female homicide detective, fledgling London copper Anna Travis. As the bright and eager young daughter of recently deceased Detective Chief Superintendent Travis, Anna is hired by Detective Chief Inspector Langton, whose murder team has been completely outfoxed by a serial killer with a trail of six murdered prostitutes dating back 12 years. Anna joins the team just as they identify the corpse of a younger victim with no history of prostitution, a casualty that Langton takes as a sign of the killer's escalating blood lust. Further investigation reveals handsome up-and-coming film actor Alan Daniels as a potential suspect, and Anna and Langton widen their inquiry to include Daniels's past movie locations in the U.S., following a trail of victims to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. Suspense builds and circumstantial evidence continues to pile up, but absolute proof eludes Anna and Langton as the sociopathic suspect attempts to turn his seductive powers on Anna. With crime lab authenticity, a sympathetic heroine and an affecting undercurrent of May-December romance between Anna and Langton, this spellbinder spirals down to an edge-of-the-seat denouement. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Most people hear best-selling British author La Plante's name and think of embattled Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison (as played by Helen Mirren) of Prime Suspect fame. While the author's last novel, Royal Heist, was a crime caper, here she returns to the familiar (and beloved) police procedural. In this sharp and fast-paced book, twentysomething Anna Travis is a literary descendent of Jane Tennison. Assigned as a rookie detective to her first murder investigation, Anna experiences a different police climate then her progenitor did. The murder team to which she's assigned is trying to find a serial killer who has moved from preying on prostitutes to killing an "innocent" young woman. Driven to succeed and alternately challenged and charmed by her new boss, Chief Inspector Langton, Anna has her work cut out for her-especially when their prime suspect takes a personal interest in her. Though the mystery is not all that gripping, the cat-and-mouse game between cop and killer is. And as always, La Plante excels at involving readers in the inner workings of a police investigation. Recommended for public libraries.-Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
A new detective heroine from the writer of the acclaimed BBC series Prime Suspect. Battle-scarred Jane Tennyson moves offstage to make room for a fresh, unlined face. DS Anna Travis, 26, an Oxford graduate only months past her uniform posting, is the daughter of a legendary cop. DCI James Langton is willing to gamble on her for his murder squad because he had his own rookie fat trimmed by Jack Travis, a mentor who taught him well. He hopes the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree, because the serial killer his team is after is wily, grisly and dauntingly famous-at least if Langton's guessed right. Ten women in England and the U.S. have been slaughtered with a ferocity worthy of Jack the Ripper. The first nine were prostitutes, but Langton hopes the tenth-heartbreakingly lovely Melissa Stephens, 17-might be the long-awaited critical mistake, the wedge that breaks open the case. Anna thinks so, too. Her growing conviction as she gets more deeply involved in the investigation combines with the good cop's ingrained sense of what's due the victims to make her take on a dangerous role as bait for a cunning, well-connected sociopath. La Plante (Royal Heist, 2004, etc.) has given us a smart, plucky series protagonist who's enormously likable despite, or because of, her frailties. Think Jane Tennyson in her salad days.