Prime Suspect

Prime Suspect

by Lynda La Plante

. If Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison hadn't been a woman, she might not have noticed the victim's shoes.

Beingso through, so good at the details, made Jane atop investigator; being a woman made the boys in thesquadron want to see her fall on her face.

She also needed to keep herown secret in check: she couldn't let anyone seethat she was falling apart inside, as her obsessionwith cracking this case and breaking out fromunder the heel of the station house boy's club tookover life, destroying her relationship with the manshe loved, pushing her closer and closer to thedark urges of a killer .

  • Series: Prime Suspect
  • Language: English
  • Category: Mystery
  • Rating: 3.93
  • Pages: 263
  • Publish Date: January 2nd 1993 by Dell Publishing Company
  • Isbn10: 0440214947
  • Isbn13: 9780440214946

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However, as I read on I noticed the jumping around less and less. Overall, it was an ok, easy to read story.

In Jane Tennison you have both traits in abundance and for me it was impossible not to think of Helen Mirren while reading this book. As per other La Plante novels I have read the story is told with a large portion of sub plots and also follows the main characters private life.

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 .

Lynda La Plante writes for television, most often - she is the queen of the ITV police procedural. It's a shame that Lynda La Plante can't write prose. It's a shame, not only because this is a really good plot, but also because she has a lot of things to say. It's a genre where women are often predominant writers, often predominant characters with the agency to drive the plot along. Often in police crime, women get the top jobs, LGBT characters save the day - there's a running joke in my family that there are six lesbians in Glasgow, and they all fight crime together. I know you know all this, that there's sexism in the world and it's wrong, but Prime Suspect just voiced some of my fears about exactly the decisions I'm currently making in life, through the medium of a thing I've loved for a long time, and part of the reason it's getting more stars than the prose style deserves is because now I'm going to make those decisions EVEN HARDER! I think I'm a bit hysterical at the moment. I liked it; I wanted to love it. La Plante has great ideas, and a way with writing the puzzle. It's just that her descriptions made me want to poke my own eyes out, it's like she was writing with a sledgehammer.

Sadly, after reading two of her novels -- of which this is the second -- I'm less enthused by Lynda La Plante the novelist. DCI Jane Tennison must solve the case of a viciously sadistic serial rapist/murderer in the teeth of the male-chauvinist-piggery of her colleagues.

And adults behaving like bullies on the playground had me rolling my eyes.

I tried to read it whilst travelling something that can be a bit of hit and miss for me. I wanted to enjoy this one, I wanted to be sucked in straight away, but I wasnt and due to this, I tried to find reasons why I wasnt able to get into the book without pointing fingers at the story. Ive read other reviews where they say this is a reflection of Lynda La Plante being a screenwriter, and I can see where such people are coming from. One other thing that really hit me is how dated this book seems. Whilst I did have issues with the book, I was interested enough to read until the end. Although I did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped, and it will never enter my list of favourite crime novels, Im glad I finally gave it a read.

(In the United States Prime Suspect airs on PBS as part of the anthology program Mystery!) In 1993 La Plante won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for her work on the series. Her output continued with The Governor (ITV 1995-96), a series focusing on the female governor of a high security prison, and was followed by a string of ratings pulling miniseries: the psycho killer nightmare events of Trial & Retribution (ITV 1997-), the widows' revenge of the murders of their husbands & children Bella Mafia (1997) (starring Vanessa Redgrave), the undercover police unit operations of Supply and Demand (ITV 1998), videogame/internet murder mystery Killer Net (Channel 4 1998) and the female criminal profiler cases of Mind Games (ITV 2001).