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Hidden Killers

Written by Lynda La Plante

Narrated by Julie Teal


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Hidden Killers

Written by Lynda La Plante

Narrated by Julie Teal

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4.5/5 (8 ratings)
Length:
13 hours
Released:
Oct 20, 2016
ISBN:
9781471159992
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Description

From the BAFTA award-winning creator of Prime Suspect, starring Helen Mirren, comes the blistering follow-up to the best-selling Tennison.

Jane Tennison, a young, inexperienced WPC, learns the hard way never to take anyone — or anything — at face value, whether in her dealings with her police colleagues or when confronted by seemingly innocent suspects.

Hidden Killers sees Jane acting as a decoy prostitute, with the hope of capturing a suspect wanted for numerous sexual assaults. The attacker is drawn in and put under arrest. Commended for bravery in the case, Jane is given CID status and moves from Hackney to Bow Street Station as detective. Her first call-out is to a non suspicious death. The victim is a young mother drowned tragically in her bath, leaving a bereft and doting husband and a young child.

The two storylines interweave as Jane begins to doubt the evidence against her assailant in East London and becomes certain that the young woman in the bath did not drown in tragic circumstances. Two entirely different cases but one common thread — the lingering doubt in Jane's mind around the evidence...and around her colleagues.

Released:
Oct 20, 2016
ISBN:
9781471159992
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

Lynda La Plante's novels, including the Prime Suspect series, have all been international bestsellers. She is an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and a recipient of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Dennis Potter Writers Award. Awarded a CBE, she is a member of the UK Crime Writers Awards Hall of Fame. She lives in London.


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  • (3/5)
    A fairly well written police procedural featuring young detective Jane Tennison who is struggling to get ahead in the 1970's, fighting the male chauvinism that some women encountered during that time. This book was my first read by this author and while it was a little on the predictable side, I will give another of her works a try.
  • (5/5)
    HIDDEN KILLERS: A JANE TENNISON THRILLER (Book 2) by Lynda LaPlante.“Before Prime Suspect there was Tennison - this is her story.”HIDDEN KILLERS is an excellent British police procedural. It is dramatic and gripping with very complex and detailed characters.Jane’s probationary period is over and she wants to be in CID - the Criminal Investigation Department. (Thank you Ms. LaPlante for your very helpful glossary.) She applies for a detective ‘spot’ and is assigned to Bow Street Station - yet another gritty, male-dominated, sexist outfit.[The 1970s era is excellently depicted by the author with its constant change and constant societal and cultural disruptions.]Jane’s intelligence, intuition and attention to detail make her an excellent detective, although she receives little recognition for her talents.HIDDEN KILLERS is an excellent read and I would heartily recommend it.
  • (5/5)
    Rookie London Detective Constable makes a big splash, as she investigates a couple cases that don’t quite add up. This is an enjoyable tale, despite showing mankind’s seamy and bloodthirsty side. I found myself surprised at several junctures, where I thought the conclusion was obvious. I look forward to reading more of this series.
  • (5/5)
    This book is the second in a series that Lynda La Plante wrote from 2015.1. Tennison (2015)2. Hidden Killers (2016)3. Good Friday (2017)4. Murder Mile (2018)5. The Dirty Dozen (2019)In the first book in the series, TENNISON, in the aftermath of an explosion in the bank vault, the police operation descends into pandemonium and panic. Police officers search the rubble for survivors and find Gibbs and a badly-injured. This incident and its impact on Tennison and colleagues is often referred to in HIDDEN KILLERS.Actually though the background to this series needs mentioning. The televised series that resulted from the original PRIME SUSPECT books, featuring Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison, was immensely popular.1. Prime Suspect (1991)2. A Face in the Crowd (1992)3. Silent Victims (1993)Following on from the success of Prime Suspect, the author and ITV launched a new series, Prime Suspect 1973, a prequel to Prime Suspect. Set in London in the 1970's, this series, followed the early career of the formidable DCI Jane Tennison, the role that established Dame Helen Mirren as a household name. However La Plante walked away from the collaboration when she felt they were trying to change it too much. ITV scrapped the series but La Plante went on to write 4 more novels beginning with HIDDEN KILLERS.This book is really a collection of the cases that Detective Constable Jane Tennison becomes involved in beginning with a case where she is used as a decoy for a rapist.
  • (3/5)
    A prequel to her successful series of ‘Prime Suspect’ crime novels, ‘Hidden Killers’ features Jane Tennison as she takes her first steps as a probationary Detective Constable in the Metropolitan Police.Tennison is involved in two major cases: a sex attacker and possible rapist, who is caught after Tennison is attacked while acting as a decoy; and, a suspicious death by drowning in a bath that is slowly revealed as a murder. In both cases Tennison ignores the views and orders of her superiors to follow her own lines of investigation that ultimately lead to righteous arrests.A difficult book to get into as many of the police characters are distinctly unlikeable and at least one is presented as potentially corrupt. Tennison spends most of the early chapters not getting on with her colleagues and knowing better than them (not unrelated, perhaps) and does come across as a little up herself. Once the various strands of investigation get rolling this becomes a much more entertaining and exciting ride. The balance between what the reader knows and what the detectives know is about right; although a key connection between an earlier and current case is telegraphed a long time before it is revealed in the story and is thus a little anti-climactic.A good read and good fodder for the Endeavour/Young Montalbano what the detectives did first schools of television.
  • (5/5)
    This is the second book in the Jane Tennison thriller series. As you may know, Jane Tennison is the main character in the Prime Suspect series and was played brilliantly by Helen Mirren in the series.The Tennison thriller series is focused on her early career in the Metropolitan police in London. This time, Tennison has been transferred to Bow Street from Hackney after a successful undercover operation in which Tennison, dressed as a prostitute, helped catch a potential rapist.She has now graduated from a probationary constable to a detective and is still dealing with the fallout from her first detective opportunities at Hackney where her boss Bradfield and a female colleague and mentor who were both killed while trying to bust and armed robbery in progress.I am not going to say much about the story because LaPlante does a brilliant job of unfolding the crimes, the investigation and the solve. What she does equally as well, if not better, is to create interesting characters – both main and peripheral.Each character, from Tennison’s family, to each detective to the criminals and supporting actors are all written so well that you feel like you know them intimately. This makes you invested in the story. I loved Prime Suspect and Helen Mirren brought Tennison to life so well, that it is hard to imagine anyone else playing her if they decide to bring this to the screen.Let’s hope they do and let’s hope there are many more Tennison thrillers on the horizon so we can enjoy reading great stories about her long and illustrious career.