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Prime Suspect #1 | [Lynda La Plante]

Prime Suspect #1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Claire Raleigh, NC, United States 07-07-12
    Claire Raleigh, NC, United States 07-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "La Plante's first and best Tennyson novel"

    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.

    Fantastic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TC Seattle, WV, USA 08-19-12
    TC Seattle, WV, USA 08-19-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Excellent; narrator really made it pop!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent character development, both protag and antagonists. The narrator is masterful in communicating irony, suspense, and humor!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, life and death scenarios. I didn't know who to trust.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    The protagonist.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme, just enjoyable, and I plan to listen to it several more times!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joey ashland, OR, United States 03-16-14
    Joey ashland, OR, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not bad, but not great"
    Would you try another book from Lynda La Plante and/or Davina Porter?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    patricia Pepperell, MA, United States 08-13-12
    patricia Pepperell, MA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "La Plante always is true to form"
    What made the experience of listening to Prime Suspect #1 the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Plot was complex with many layers, as in life in general


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Davinia does an excellent job bringing characters to life, no matter who the character is, a great talent.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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