In the dark night of the soul…
If Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison hadn't been a woman, she might not have noticed the victim's shoes…and that they didn't match the size given on the info sheet now so obviously misidentifying the dead blonde as a hooker named Della Mornay. Being so thorough, so good at the details, made Jane a top investigator; being a woman made the boys in the squadron want to see her fall on her face. But Jane Tennison was determined to catch the madman stalking women in London's street shadows. She had a prime suspect, and she needed to make the charges against him stick. She also needed to keep her own secret in check: she couldn't let anyone see that she was falling apart inside, as her obsession with cracking this case and breaking out from under the heel of the station house boy's club took over life, destroying her relationship with the man she loved, pushing her closer and closer to the dark urges of a killer…
©2012 AudioGO (P)1991 Lynda La Plante
I knew the story well but was interested in listening to the book after watching the TV drama series. The narrator is an excellent choice because she sounds like the Helen Mirren. I know that shouldn't necessarily be a factor but when you have seen the movie you expect to hear a tone of voice similar to what you remember. The book is brilliant and it was great to hear Linda La Plante talking about how she researched the Helen Mirren role.
Ms. Porter captures the nuances of the text and brings characters to life. She is easy to listen to and I look for books she narrates.
Plot was complex with many layers, as in life in general
Davinia does an excellent job bringing characters to life, no matter who the character is, a great talent.
Prime Suspect is known for the insights it provides into gender dynamics when a woman takes a leadership role in a traditionally male organization. While the story certainly does a good job of this, the descriptions of the emotions experienced by individual technicians while processing a horrific crime scene made me realize how current popular procedurals focus on the science, rather than the human response to the scene.
Jane Tennyson is barely likeable, but somehow she is sympathetic. An usual heroine in an unusual plot. Not the same old same old.
Prime Suspect #2!
Such credible and versatile voices for all characters. Awesome performance.
Masterpiece Mystery. Get it on Netflix.
No, I don't believe I would intentionally select another of Lynda La Plante's books to listen to or read. I didn't find the writing to be all that clever. I find the writing styles of Tana French, Gillan Flynn, Donna Tartt, Adrian McKinty to be far more interesting.
I felt the book to be fairly predictable and at times tedious. I admire and respect the fact that she is interested in highlighting the inequality female detectives are subjected to. However, I found the presentation of it to be mundane.
I tend to enjoy stories with flawed characters with complex backgrounds that allow me to appreciate certain qualities and loath other aspects. In this story, I found the character descriptions to lack depth. The author's descriptions seemed generally limited to relatively concise descriptions that motivated the characters to act as I would expect them to.
No. By the way, the audio book starts with a narrative from the author describing how she came to write a TV script that the book is based on and the real life female detective that helped form the main character.
The book is a New York Times Best Seller, so clearly many people enjoy Lynda La Plante's work. I would guess that the reader who likes a concise story with an "underdog" protagonist, may like this book. A reader that prefers books with complex characters may be less likely to find it a great read or listen.
This book is an effort to portray a woman fighting for respect, a topic that is well worth exploring. But there is no growth of character, no learning that goes on. Her winning of respects comes for no real reason, far too fast and too complete. But that is not the failure of this book. A book needs a plot, a story that develops. This plot might be worth a (very) short story but is painful when spread out to novel length. I do want to say this is very well written, the scenes are believable as are the characters. But I read stories for excitement, the slow discovery of new facts, each one uncovering both information and more questions. I also read for character development. Sadly all are lacking in this book.
Registered Physical Therapist, many interests and hobbies, love reading and listening!
Excellent character development, both protag and antagonists. The narrator is masterful in communicating irony, suspense, and humor!
Yes, life and death scenarios. I didn't know who to trust.
No extreme, just enjoyable, and I plan to listen to it several more times!
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I didn't like many (most) of the characters. I also didn't like the heavy-handed portrayal of sexism, but... perhaps way back in 1991 it was really as bad as all that. I think sexism in the workplace is much more subtle now - of course it still exists, but I think that nobody would explicitly state (to a woman, or to other male coworkers) some of the rude things some of the characters in this book said to or about the female lead.
Taking it as a product of its time, it was a decent procedural. I did watch the Prime Suspect series on TV back in the 90s (with Helen Mirren) and had much fonder memories of the story from that show than I got from reading this book.
It was decent. It was a product of its time. It could be seen as dated. I might read more in the series, but... only if I were looking for a combo trip down memory lane plus quick straight-forward read.
I wasn't as smitten with the narrator as most people seem to be - she did fine, but I am not sure if the "harshness" of the story was from the story itself, or how Porter voiced Tennyson to be quite the beotch... There is no sex, some swearing and no graphic violence.
Lehua of Pacifica
I'd seen Prime Suspect on TV as soon as it came out, thus never read the book. But on a whim I decided to try it. It helped that Davina Porter read it, she's among the very best of the best. I'm glad I gave it a go. For me, it was actually better than the film, except for the lack of Helen Mirren. Jane's a hard character to like, but certainly interesting and realistic. The criminal and the crimes are way weird, but my main entertainment was watching the police wend their way through the evidence, and plot their tactics. Good job by all.
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