Thursday, February 16, 2012

TLC Book Tour: Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante

Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante
Synopsis: "The moment Jane Tennison takes over Scotland Yard’s investigation into the death of sex worker Della Mornay, two grim facts become immediately clear to her. First, that the constabulary’s old boy club is determined to hinder, harass, and undermine the new female Detective Chief Inspector at every turn. And second, that their murder victim isn’t Della Mornay.

Now the police are a step behind, and a madman is loose on the streets of London. To apprehend the criminal stalking women through the city’s shadows, Tennison will have to steel herself against the hostility of her fellow officers and conceal her own mounting obsession with breaking through the glass ceiling of the station house—even as department politics, a crumbling relationship, and a wickedly elusive prime suspect threaten her very existence.

A dark and riveting race against the clock, Prime Suspect is an unforgettable introduction to this bestselling series from Edgar Award-winning author Lynda La Plante."

Lynda La Plante's Prime Suspect series encompassing #1 Prime Suspect, #2 A Face in the Crowd and #3 Silent Victims are based on her british television series Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren as the lead character Jane Tennison.  It actually seemed to read like a televised crime fiction show to me with its fast pace and action.  I had a hard time getting into it at first, but once I did enjoyed the story.   Tennison is tough. She has to be since she's the only female chief inspector and none of the men really want to work with her.  She takes advantage of an opportunity to move in as lead inspector of a homicide which doesn't garner her any friends in the department. However, when she finds more clues and uncovers more clues than any of the other detectives, they start to change their mind.   Tennison isn't really a likeable character but she's determined to prove herself so has to be tough.  She kind of grows on you after a while. 

Thank you to TLC Book tours, Harper Publishing for providing me with copies of all three books and Lynda La Plante for creating such an interesting crime story.  I'll be reviewing the 2nd book A Face in the Crowd on February 28 and 3rd book Silent Victims March 15.   Be sure to check out the rest of the tour and others thoughts about the series.