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Young detective Anna Travis has been assigned to her first murder case -- and it couldn't be a more shocking, more horrific set of killings. They began eight years earlier; now the body count is up to six. The method of killing is identical, the backgrounds of the girls very similar -- all of them were drug-using prostitutes. Then a seventh body is found, same modus operandi, but this time the victim is a young student, sweet and innocent, with "the face of an angel. " The profile of the murderer has changed dramatically. Anna stumbles on a vital piece of information that links one man to the killings. A household name, a much-loved actor who is about to become an international movie star -- he has plenty of charm and good looks. Denial and protestations of innocence spring easily and confidently to his lips. An arrest, in the face of intense publicity, would create media frenzy. If he was found beyond doubt to be the wrong man, his career would be finished and Anna's hard-fought-for reputation in the police force destroyed once and for all. With absolute authenticity and extraordinary power, Lynda La Plante takes us deeper into the criminal mind and the criminal world. And in heroine Anna Travis, she has created another memorable and utterly engaging female detective.
The brilliant new novel from one of the UK's foremost crime writers
Don Roberto Luciano, boss of the Sicilian Mafia, agrees to be chief witness in the trial of Paul Carolla, who murdered Luciano's firstborn son, Michael, 20 years ago. Despite round-the-clock protection, all the Luciano men are killed the night before a family wedding. The don's wife, Graziella, holds together what's left of the family - daughters-in-law Theresa and Sophia, and Theresa's daughter Rosa - while instructing their lawyer to sell off business holdings. Eventually the women become involved in the business themselves, trying to recover money that's disappeared into Carolla's hands. Following a courtroom shootout, Carolla's adopted son Luka, using his knowledge of organization politics and his mastery of murder, becomes the women's partner and protector. Once the Luciano women discover Luka's secret, however, they implacably take revenge in the ruthless manner of their age-old code, and the strongest of them becomes the new head of the family, the bella mafiosa . . .
A motorway service station on the M1: dimly lit, run down, poorly supervised, flickering lights, dark corners; a favourite stopover for long-distance lorry drivers on their way up north from London. Behind it, a body is found in a ditch, that of a girl barely out of her teens. She appears to have no family, no friends, no connections anywhere. Other girls have gone missing in the vicinity and no one has stepped forward to claim them. Anna Travis is assigned to the case. Her blood runs cold when she receives a letter from a lifer -- someone she was responsible for arresting in the past -- who writes to her from prison, asking her to visit him urgently. For he claims he knows who the killer is. . .
DI Anne Travis and DCI James Langton are racing to catch not one but two murderers. . . before the killers catch up with them. When her boss DCI James Langton is horrifically injured, DI Anna Travis plays a major part in his rehabilitation. Langton was working to solve the murder of a young prostitute, the suspect an illegal immigrant. Anna is working on another murder case and gains enough evidence to send the killer down for twelve years. Two separate cases. . . which become unexpectedly linked as suddenly Anna finds herself under threat from Langton's assailant. In fear of their lives, she and Langton, still nursing his terrible injuries, embark on a dangerous journey - one with frightening and violent consequences.
Suspicion and fear surround the mysterious disappearance of a movie star's daughter. The race to claim the reward for finding Anna Louise Caley - dead or alive - spirals into a deadly voodoo trail in the French quarter of New Orleans. In her desperation to succeed in this, her first case as a private detective, ex-Lieutenant Lorraine Page is caught in a web of deceit and violence that threatens to drag her back into the murky world she has fought so hard to escape. Continuing the investigation means risking everything. But the million-dollar bonus is one hell of an incentive not to back off from a case that could kill her - or give her the future and the professional respect she craves.
Movie mogul Harry Nathan's lonely death in a Beverley Hills swimming pool is the beginning of a trail of lust and conspiracy leading to the darkest corners of the international art world. Private investigator Lorraine Page faces her toughest fight ever as she takes on the case for fading starlet Cindy Nathan, Harry's third wife. Lorraine believes the grieving widow's story. Unlike her ex-colleagues in the police department who have already charged Cindy with murder. . .
Lieutenant Lorraine Page had everything -- a devoted husband, two beautiful daughters and an impressive career with the Homicide Squad. It's impossible to believe that she could be thrown out of the police force and end up on Skid Row. Lorraine's ex-colleagues soon forget her, as the hunt for a nightmare serial killer spirals into an all-out search for a missing witness: a victim who escaped. Lorraine Page is that witness. Against her will she is drawn into the investigation, and forced to face her past and her overwhelming guilt. . .
Anna Travis and DCI Langton return on the hunt for one of the world's most dangerous drug traffickers in a new, nail-biting adventure from one of Britain's foremost crime writers.
No matter how cruelly twins are separated, their lives will always be entwined In the newly liberated streets of modern Berlin two women, a pampered, beautiful Baroness, losing control of her mind, and a fearless wild animal trainer, facing the greatest challenge of her career, are drawn together by a series of tragic and extraordinary coincidences. When a man is found brutally murdered, their lives become entangled by an investigation that uncovers a web of darkness and opens up secrets that have long been condemned to silence . . . Who were they, all those years ago? What nightmares did they share? And what I the truth about the undying nature of their love?
Is a change of identity all it takes to leave prison? Colin Burrows is desperate. Recently sent to prison for burglary, he knows that his four year sentence means that he will miss the birth of his first child. With his wife's due date fast approaching, he had hoped that the prison authorities would allow him to be present for the birth, but they have said no. Sharing a cell with Colin is Barry Marsden. Unlike most of the inmates, Barry actually likes prison life because he has come from a very difficult family and been in and out of a series of foster homes. In prison, he has three meals a day and he has discovered a talent for drawing. So he is upset that he will have to leave on parole soon. Sad to see his cellmate looking depressed, Barry hatches a plan to get Colin out of jail for the birth. It's a plan so crazy that either it will fail and get both men in deeper trouble, or it might just work. Bestselling author Lynda La Plante's exciting tale of one man's escape from jail is based on a true story.
For three people 'The Legacy' was a curse . . . Hugh, hard drinking lion of the Welsh valleys. His daughter Evelyne - who lost her heart to a travelling gypsy. And handsome prizefighter Freedom - saved from the gallows to do battle for the heavyweight championship of the world. From the poverty of the Welsh pit valleys to the glories of the prize ring, from the dangers of Prohibition America to the terrors of Britain at war, Lynda La Plante delves into the lives of a remarkable family and its fortunes, and the curse that forged their names. 'A torrid tale of love, intrigue and passion' Daily Express [Lynda La Plante author profile as per BLOOD LINE pb]
The coroner's report identifies the body as young, black, female, and impossibly anonymous. Yet one thing is clear to Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison about the latest victim discovered in one of London's poorest districts - that news of her murder will tear apart a city already cracking with racial tensions, hurling Scotland Yard and Tennison herself into a maelstrom of shocking accusations and sudden, wrenching violence. Even as London's brutal killer remains at large, Tennison remains locked in a struggle to overcome her station house's brutal chauvinism and insidious politicking. And as the department's deeply rooted racism rears its head to overshadow every facet of her new investigation, the trail of her prime suspect is growing colder. Worse, when the details of the beleaguered detective's stormy personal life explode across the headlines of London's sleasiest tabloids, Tennison's already frenzied determination to bring the killer to justice will be catapulted into obsession - one that could send her spiralling over the edge.
A drag queen named Vera Reynolds sways onstage singing "Falling in Love Again," while a sixteen-year-old boy lies dead in her fire-engulfed apartment. He was a "rent boy," a sex-for-hire street kid who catered to the tastes of special customers. It's the kind of murder Soho's vice squad sees all the time. But their prime suspect, an influential do-gooder, makes this young boy's death different--a ticking bomb able to blast open the nasty, secret lives of politicians, judges . . . and cops. Detective Jane Tennison has moved up the career ladder through sheer guts and an unstoppable passion for justice. Now, on her first day as the head of the vice squad, she's caught a case that could threaten to destroy her career. She's given a very clear message about the direction some very important people would like her investigation to take. But is she willing to play along and compromise her integrity, knowing that the murderer, a destroyer of children, is still out there? She knows she has a choice: to save her future or go after the killer like an avenging angel, and damn the consequences to hell.
As Vera Reynolds, drag queen and night club star, sways onstage singing 'Falling in Love Again', a sixteen-year-old rent boy lies in the older man's apartment, engulfed in flames. Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison has moved up the ranks, fighting every step of the way to break through Scotland Yard's glass ceiling. Now, on her first day as the head of the Vice Squad, this high-profile case threatens to destroy everything she has worked for. For when Tennison's investigation reveals an influential public figure as her prime suspect, a man with connections to politicians, judges, and Scotland Yard, she's given a very clear message about the direction some very important people would like her investigation to take. Suddenly, in a case defined by murky details, one fact becomes indisputably clear - that for Tennison, going after the truth will mean risking her happiness, her career . . . and even her life.
Anna Travis is back in the superb follow-up to Lynda La Plante's Top Ten bestselling ABOVE SUSPICION, seeking to solve a brutal murder inspired by a case in Los Angeles in the 1940s whose killer was never brought to justice.
From Lynda La Plante, one of the world's greatest crime writers, Royal Heist is a big, dashing novel of deception, passion, and international suspense, in which a man with a dangerous double life masterminds the greatest robbery of all time. With a beautiful family and a magnificent fortune, Edward de Jersey is making news with his prized racehorse Royal Flush. But while de Jersey socializes with the cream of English society, he keeps to himself the details of his background and how he acquired his wealth. The son of an East End bookie, de Jersey reinvented himself as an aristocrat after pulling off some of England's most notorious heists. He has no intention of ever going back to crime . . . until his financial adviser loses his entire fortune in a disastrous investment and de Jersey decides to retrieve it the old-fashioned way: by stealing it. From Monaco to the Hamptons, from London to the shadowy back alleys of cyberspace, de Jersey goes into action, using guile, force, and the latest technology to put together the perfect plan. Drawing on the expertise of a computer hacker with a passion for Elvis, the inside knowledge of a dying aristocrat, and the skill of a professional impersonator, de Jersey is ready to commit his greatest and final crime. He's going to steal the crown jewels from under the nose of the royals themselves. Now, as Royal Flush prepares for a spectacular run at the Derby, de Jersey faces his moment of truth: How much is he willing to risk to win the sport's most coveted prize? And just how far will he go to get away with the perfect crime? A novel that builds to an amazing crescendo of suspense, Royal Heist is a glamorous and gritty tale of men and women bound together by love, greed, trust, and mistrust. With all the pounding excitement of a high-stakes horse race, this is fiction that takes hold, doesn't let go, and dares us to keep guessing until the very end. From the Hardcover edition.
They locked her up in Holloway for murder . . . but now she's out, she has unfinished business to attend to. After serving a lengthy sentence for shooting her husband at point blank range, Dolly Rawlins is set free from prison, with only one thing on her mind - the six million in diamonds she stashed prior to her imprisonment. Waiting for Dolly is a group of women who all served time with her. They know about the diamonds and they want a cut. Also waiting is a detective sergeant in the Metropolitan Police. He holds her personally responsible for the death of his sister in the diamond raid ten years earlier. And now he wants her back inside. Dolly Rawlins has other plans: to realise the dream that kept her going for years in prison. But against such determined opposition, the fantasy soon turns into a very different, tragic and violent reality . . . [Lynda La Plante author profile, as per BLOODLINE]
A life that made the headlines. A death that will expose the truth. British film star Amanda Delany has the world at her feet. Young and talented, she has had a string of affairs with the hottest actors around. The tabloids can't get enough of her and she, in turn, can't get enough of the spotlight. Then, late one night, Amanda puts the key in her front door for the very last time. The next morning, the press has gathered on her doorstep once again, this time to report on her brutal murder. DI Anna Travis is shocked when she discovers the truth behind Amanda's glamorous public image. For all her fame and fortune Amanda Delany was lonely, damaged and afraid. But who would want to take her life? While Anna and the team, headed by the ever demanding DCI James Langton, grapple to track down Amanda's killer, Anna has challenges of her own to overcome. Promotion is within her grasp, but when the time comes for her to stand before the board, she faces an adversary from the least likely quarter. . . [In smaller font below] ABOVE SUSPICION: SILENT SCREAM Starring KELLY REILLY and CIARÁN HINDS Written by LYNDA LA PLANTE Produced by CHERRY GOULD Executive Producer LYNDA LA PLANTE and LIZ THORBURN Directed by CATHERINE MORSHEAD Produced by La Plante Productions for ITV1 www. laplanteproductions. com
For each new generation, The Talisman is the key to a fortune.Edward - who inherits his father's looks . . . and his curse. Alex, his brothr - whose quest for revenge will fuel an empire built on corruption. And Evelyne and Juliana, the fourth generation - still haunted by the family's past. Freedom Stubbs should, as Gypsy tradition dictates, have been buried with the gold necklace that he earned in the Heavyweight Championships. Instead, the family kept it, ready to sell should they fall on hard times. But Freedom's spirit is restless while his talisman is not buried with him in his grave. From the miseries of the war years to the glamorous present, in London, America and South Africa, Lynda La Plante continues the bestselling saga that began with The Legacy. The passionate story of a family's lives and fortunes . . . and the curse that forged their names . . .
It is every mother's nightmare. Her child is missing, found murdered. Her lover is the prime suspect. It is every police officer's dread. A child murdered in a circumstantial case. It is every lawyer's dream. Twelve men and women will decide the verdict. But will justice be done?
Duty to the job or personal ambition? Anna Travis must decide where her loyalties lie... Six months ago, London nightclub owner Josh Reynolds was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head, the gun held in his right hand. His death was quickly determined to be a suicide, the investigation was closed... a case done and dusted. Until now. A young man, awaiting trial for armed robbery has informed his guards that Reynolds was murdered, and that he has information to share with the police. DCS James Langton tasks DCI Anna Travis to review the case. As soon as she wraps up the investigation, Langton tells Anna, she can join him at the FBI Academy in Virginia for training. Meanwhile, Senior FBI Agent, Jessie Dewar, crime scene expert, is seconded to Anna's team as part of her research. Dewar's brash manner soon ruffles feathers among the MET, and what should have been a simple case of tying up loose ends becomes a political nightmare as the competence of the original investigation team is questioned. Anna's trip to America is approaching, but now that the situation at the MET has become so volatile, can she trust Dewar to finish the job in her absence?
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