The victim was young. Female. And black. Her skull had been smashed in, her face decomposed beyond all recognition. But for Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, the corpse that had just been found in one of London's poorest communities was only the beginning of a case that would tear apart an already divided city…and embroil the gritty cop and her force in a hotbed of racial strife, shocking accusations, and sudden, wrenching violence. But Jane Tennison was not a woman who let anything get in the way of her passion for justice. Not the racism of some of the boys in the station house, or the slippery politicking of her superiors. Not even when her own stormy love life explodes in sleazy tabloid headlines. Because a brutal and seductive killer was still at large, luring innocent girls from London's midnight streets. And because for Jane Tennison, stalking her prime suspect has become an obsession-one that could send her spiraling over the edge…
©1993 Rene Juillard. All rights reserved. English translation © 1964 by Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd. All rights reserved. (P)2012 AudioGO
As usual Davina Porter does a marvelous job with narration. I liked this book better than the first one in the series. There is still racism and sexism but Jane has proven herself, at least to most of her squad, and so while she is still discriminated against it doesn’t overshadow the entire book as it did the first one. The case the squad is working is the primary focus of the book, and prejudice colors the investigation. In the first book, I felt like the prejudice against Jane was the primary focus. The case they are working on is interesting and has some twists so you’re not sure how it will turn out. I did suspect the villain at one point early in the story but I wasn’t sure and there were several others I suspected as well.
I read that a few other reviewers were unsatisfied with the ending but I thought that the way things left off that that opened things up to a possible better future. I guess I’ll see when I listen to the third book.
The story was engaging and interesting
The narrator was fine except that she had to do so many different male voices it became quite difficult to tell them apart which made the story confusing at times
Once again, those of you who are offended by the use of the "n" word...even when used in context...should avoid this book. (It still shocks me when I hear it.)
wow what an ending. I did not see that coming but I understand how she felt. Jane put in some work solving this case which wasn't easy because there were many people involved in this murder.. I thought when the young man killed himself in custody that she was in for some trouble, but she ended up doing a great job at solving the case, so I was shocked when she got passed up for the promotion. Ready for book 3
Narration was excellent, but story telling was unfortunately poor. Disappointed with an ending that fell flat. Won't be reading any more by this author.
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