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Publisher's Summary

The gritty new thriller from the Queen of Crime Drama and the fifth book in the Sunday Times best-selling Jane Tennison series.

Jane Tennison has worked hard to become the first female detective ever posted to the infamous Flying Squad, or 'the Sweeney'. But the Dirty Dozen is a notorious boys' club, and Jane's new colleagues make it clear that they don't think a woman is up to the dangers of the job. 

Dealing with some of London's most ruthless armed criminals, who think the only good cop is a dead cop, is no joke. Determined to prove she's as good as the men, Jane discovers from a reliable witness that a gang is going to carry out a massive robbery.

But she doesn't know who they are, or where and when they will strike.... 

©2019 Lynda La Plante (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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

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Excellent!

Well written, great narration, good story line and character development. Highly recommend this audio book.

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  • 04-01-20

Disappointing

Having read the others in the series I was disappointed in the storyline this time. Narration was ok but I found the attempts at different accents a bit similar at times and irritating.

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  • Lou
  • 09-11-19

Terrible Narration

I’ve listen to all the Lynda la Plante audible books, and was really looking forward to the release if this one, but the narration is awful. Unfortunately I have to return.

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  • Mands
  • 09-04-19

Awful narration

I am sure that the story is excellent but I couldn’t listen to it past the first few chapters as the narration was so poor. The narrator uses the same sing-song inflections for each sentence and seems to struggle to give them meaning. The dialogue is better but not good enough to make the rest of it worth listening to.

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  • rozithepirate
  • 09-03-19

Just couldn't stand the naration

Desperately wanted to listen to this book and tried for hours but I found the spoken grammar terrible. Pauses in the wrong places and sometimes I think it was like listening to an Enid Blyton story with child like characters. Not at all what you would expect from a Prime Subject novel. Unfortunately I never got to the end so I cannot comment on the whole plot as I returned it.

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  • Clara B
  • 08-22-20

Not good

I've listened to all the other Tennison books and loved them but this one is awful. I've given up after about five chapters. The story is boring, or maybe it's just the bad narration that makes it seem boring. Such a shame, I was really looking forward to it but can't listen to any more.

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  • sue
  • 04-18-20

Shame about the performance

The reader does dialogue very well, but reads the narrative bits dreadfully by putting too much drama into it which results in disjointed sentences. It was very irritating. Please don’t spoil La Plantes marvellous stories with her again.

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  • K. Colleran
  • 12-29-19

Appalling narration

The narrator absolutely ruined the book. I was disappointed with the storyline for such a long book, no tension or questions.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-19

another great read.

loved it and great to get the back story to Jane tennison prior to the prime suspect stories.

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  • CE
  • 03-18-21

Dreadful narration

The nation made everybody sound angry and arrogant even in situations that didn’t warrant it. It made the main character out to be a very bitter woman

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  • Tramaine
  • 03-15-21

Boring, boring and once more, boring

Could’ve been half the length. A stupefyingly tedious plot. At times there’s excruciating attention to detail which I suppose is meant to set the scenes but I can’t bear to hear another paragraph about someone walking to a door or sipping a cup of tea. The overuse of the word ‘as’ (instead of ‘because’, which is more conversational) occurs all the way through the tennison series. More fool me for sticking with it. Oh and the narrator! She does a reasonable job but overdoes the vocal-fry and sounds like she’s reading a book with all the punctuation in the wrong place! I found myself shouting out loud! Haha. I blame my petty neuroticism on lockdown :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-22-20

Exceptional

Gripping story, great characters and narration. I finished this story in record time. Would definitely recommend if your a Jane Tennison fan.

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  • Len
  • 09-01-19

Jane nails the job!!

I have liked all Lynda's early Jane Tennyson books, but this one is a craker, the best of the early Jane books. The storylines tie together wonderfully, the details are brilliant and Jane is now coming into her own. Highly recommended if you like Jane Tennyson stories, even if you havent read any previous books, the story stands alone on its own merits as a good read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-19

Great story, let down a bit by the narration.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story but found the narration annoying. It was read far too slowly, but when I tried to speed it up it sounded worse.
I still enjoyed the book though as I am a big Lynda la Plante fan