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Publisher's Summary

The first book in a brand-new thriller series by the Queen of Crime Drama, Lynda La Plante. A burnt-out cottage, a fortune buried in the ashes - and a body that could solve a decades-old crime....

Jack Warr is a young DC with the Metropolitan Police. Charming but aimless, Jack can't seem to find his place in the world - until he's drawn into an investigation that turns his life upside down. 

In the aftermath of a fire at a derelict cottage, a badly charred body is discovered, along with the burnt remnants of millions of stolen, untraceable bank notes - the hidden legacy of Dolly Rawlins and her gang of Widows. 

Jack's assignment to the case coincides with an investigation into his own past. As he searches for the truth about his identity, Jack finds himself increasingly drawn into a murky underworld of corruption and crime. Those millions have not been forgotten - and Jack will stop at nothing to find the truth.

An exciting and action packed new thriller, with roots in La Plante's best-selling novels, Widows, Widows' Revenge and She's Out

©2020 Lynda La Plante (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

Critic Reviews

"Lynda La Plante practically invented the thriller." (Karin Slaughter)

"A compelling, clever plot with a brilliant cast of diverse characters. Utterly riveting." (Rachel Abbott, million-selling author of Only the Innocent

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Boring Narrator

Have looked forward to this book for so long...Why oh why. Is a boring narrator reading such a great book. Alex is so boring, like he's not enjoying the book...
Annie brings the characters to life ! Such a shame!
Can't wait for the sequel. Dolly

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Narrator does not do justice to the story

An excellent novel with rich characters and a good plot. Unfortunately, Alex, the narrator, sounded half asleep much of the time. I did give him three stars because he was good at accents and playing the different characters. But he sounded tired and bored at times which is why I could not give him five stars. Lynda La Plante deserves better.

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Enjoyed It

I enjoyed the story but not the narrator. Annie should have continued done the performance. I would have enjoyed it much better.

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Awkwardly written

The plot might be superb. I don’t know, because I couldn’t get all the way through the 2nd chapter. The writing is awkward and wooden.

Listening to this reminds me far too much of listening to students read out their works in progress.

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Pleasantly surprised...

Tried this title because it was 'Included' ... I really enjoyed the story and the narration. Some reviewers felt that the narration was 'boring' or monotone, disinterested. I couldn't disagree more. The guy (Hassell) reminded me a bit of Douglas Adams reading his own books. I thought he was very good. Anyway...the story may have been a bit of a reach, and I found the style somewhat disjointed (timeline - wise). Several times I needed to back up a couple minutes to make the transitions work. Bottom line, I liked it...I hope you do too.

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DRUG OUT

Story drug out my goodness. I took regular breaks and eventually just returned it. I couldn't even finish it.

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There were too many characters in this book to follow what was going on. I gave up and didn’t finish it.

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I can’t put my finger on it…

I enjoyed the writing, but for some inexplicable reason the book just wasn’t for me. It just never grabbed me and I kinda disliked Jake. I will definitely read other books by this author, but I doubt I will read any more novels in this series. It just wasn’t for me.

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not your usual crime drama

I enjoyed the performance and the unique style of the narration.

lots of depth to the main character. I feel I really know him.

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This may be an okay story but I found myself struggling to follow it - boring story, too many different things going on at once, the dullest narrator I’ve ever heard - that may be why I could not keep track of it - my mind kept wandering off while he was talking … he made waiting for water to boil seem interesting!

I tried really hard but just couldn’t get past the first 90 minutes or so …

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  • 04-03-20

Fantastic start to a new series

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this during my 'working from home' day. This is a new series and character for the author but it's intertwined with characters from the past, so previous knowledge of the Widows series will add to your enjoyment. Narration is spot-on, and having googled Alex Hassell he looks exactly like I was imagining Jack to be :D

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-20

Want to return this,

I am going to return this book, absolute shame as I know it's a good book, however the narration is absolutely terrible. There is no emotion at all, the voice is monotone, I think a computer robot has read it.
I am so annoyed. not impressed.

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  • LittlePlum um hum
  • 04-30-20

Exciting, tense but easy to listen to

This was a great read. The characters were believable and likeable, even the “baddies”. The characters stayed with you even when you were not listening to them. The tension lasted right up to the end. Like other Lynda la Plante books I found I was frightened to read parts because you dreaded that the characters were going to make stupid decisions. As long as you stopped reading they couldn’t do anything! Through her characters the author reveals great insight and sympathy. The narration was good though a little deadpan. I heartily recommend this book. I loved it. It will not disappoint.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-20

Not really a detective story

Story is not really a detective novel, just a novel that happens to contain one

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  • Linda Johns
  • 04-30-20

At her best!!!

Absolutely brilliant loved it!! Perfect tonic for lockdown listened while re decorating the house couldn’t stop!! Loved all the old characters getting a mention loved our new ones too!! Has made me dust of my box sets widows & she’s out & watch something groundbreaking, who says there are no strong rolls on telly for women there certainly was back then!! Bring on the next book & bring on the tv series please!!!

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  • Pauline O.
  • 05-02-20

Disappointing

Enjoyed most of it. Good plot. By the time I was most of the way through, I felt the main character had undergone a metaporphasis and I did not like the characters I was sympathetic to previously. But, hey, it's just a book.

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  • 04-13-20

Ok But Not the Best

Its an ok book, but if you are wanting more of the earlier genre this isnt for you. Went on a bit too long for what was obvious to us all at the start. Maybe us older ones have read all the scenarios and nothing is exciting enough anymore? May be ok for new comers to detective thrillers though.
Reader was fine.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-28-20

Lynda La Plante at her best

Fantastic i couldn’t stop listening to it. Cant wait for the next in this series

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  • Fairlady
  • 04-01-21

awful

could not get into this listen.... first time ever, i have abandoned a book. Dull storyline, narration total monotonous- unbearable!!

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  • Indigoleopard
  • 04-16-20

kept me going

Yes it did, and I had to rewind and listen all over again. Good plot confising at times but kept me interested, had to ration myself some times.

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  • Robyn
  • 07-23-21

Disappointed

No.. sorry.. I persevered.. but..the narrator was bored I think.. … and Jack… well .. its a shame when you can’t like the main character…it’s a no from me..

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  • 04-25-20

What a great sequel to widows

So enjoyed this book after all the widows books. I'm hoping this will continue and more books to this one and continue the story

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  • Michelle
  • 05-04-22

Good Story. Great Narrator

Really enjoyed listening to this one. The narrator really nailed all the characters voices.

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  • Michael Bronlund
  • 01-22-22

enjoyed it

Captivating both by plot and narration. Amazingly the first of authors works to enjoy so keen for more.

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  • Jeff Ingham
  • 11-10-21

An excellent story

What a really good story that kept on the edge of my seat the whole time. At times I thought the plot had gone off on a odd tangent but it all became clear as the plot evolved. It was much the same for the narration but as the book progressed I found that it couldn't have been better. A great book in the true English story telling fashion.

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  • jo Greene
  • 06-01-22

Thoroughly enjoyed

Really happy with the ending, lol. I kept worrying it wouldn’t work out that way, but it was really well done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-21-22

Excellent finish with a couple of questions 🤔

Spoiler Alert ****
Have thoroughly enjoyed this series and I hated what happened to Dolly but loved that Julia continued her dream (sort of)x.
Is it just me or did anyone else pick up a couple of errors? Like when Dolly came out of prison in the 2nd book it was a huge WHITE Rolls that was waiting for her outside but in the 3rd book it was a BLACK Mercedes waiting outside the prison…. Also during the train robbery, how could Angela have helped dump the cash if she was up in London with Kathleen’s kids? They later say Angela was up in London with the kids but I wanna say it was meant to be Gloria that helped with dumping the cash?
Anyway great listen and I loved the narration by Annie Aldington.

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  • Katherine Cooper
  • 05-17-22

Fantastic story

Randomly picked this book and loved it. complex, relatable characters, excellent story that didn't have a shocking twist but still had enough mystery at a good pace to keep me reading. Read it in one go, I couldn't put it down.

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  • Lyndy
  • 05-08-22

Interesting storyline. Likeable characters

Enjoyable. Well performed. The ending wasn't too predictable.
A good listen without too much effort to keep up with the plot.

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  • Wendy Ross
  • 10-27-21

Not a book for me

Just couldn't keep me interested - the story or the narrator. Gave up very early on.