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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0792772814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792772811
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Lynda La Plante's novels, including the Prime Suspect novels, have all been international bestsellers. She is an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and a member of the UK Crime Writers Awards Hall of Fame. She runs her own television production company, and lives in London and Easthampton, New York.

Customer Reviews

Looking forward to reading the next one and hope it comes soon.
E. A. Quam
La Plante puts plenty of plot twists in this book, so that you are compelled to keep reading, but you are never confused with where the action was, is, and is headed.
Tiffany A. Harkleroad
I have read almost every Laplante book published and this is up there with the best of them.
Charles F. Trauthjr

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Colbert on July 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a good, solid, no frills crime thriller and is the 5th book which features DI Anna Travis. I hadn't read any of the previous books, in fact this is the first time I've read anything by Lynda La Plante, but I've watched her books being made into successful TV Series such as 'Widows' and 'Prime Suspect' so I knew some of what to expect.

DI Anna Travis's back story was carefully woven into the story which made me feel as if I'd known her for some time, and didn't think I was missing some vital information.

Amanda Delany's character was very flawed and sad and seemed very real as Travis delved deeper and deeper into her personal life and the murky world she inhabited, whilst I felt sorry for her I also disliked her very much, she treated people cruelly and made quite a few enemies.

While the police were investigating Amanda's murder, Travis's soon-to-be-retired boss put her up for promotion but it was felt by some of her colleagues that she didn't share enough of her information with them and they thought this made them look incompetent and there were a few conflicts with her peers which all added to the story, and made her look human, and a fascinating character.

Even thought it was over 500 pages long it didn't feel like it, La Plante's fast paced descriptive writing was easy to read featuring mostly well-defined characters and believable situations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Twenty something movie star Amanda Delany is a favorite of the paparazzi and tabloids as she always makes infamous news with drugs and sex. When a publisher offers a ton of money for a tell-all titivating autobiography, Amanda accepts the offer. However, before she can write her exposé, someone murders her in her Belgravia mews house that she had occupied for only eight weeks.

Detective Inspector Anna Travis leads the police investigation knowing the unscrupulous media will do anything including interfering and intruding on her inquiry to gain a scoop. However, the crime scene provides no useful information. Worse motives are galore as Anna trafficked in drug and man usage as she was a serial marriage destroyer and then there is the memoir. With the media clamoring for instant results, Anna's former lover and a previous direct reports supervisor Detective Chief Superintendent James Langton demands she resolve the case yesterday even as a financial scam surfaces that adds a potential monetary motive to the complex case.

In her fifth case, Travis is terrific as she shows little growth as an investigator from her previous cases like Deadly Intent; yet is up for a promotion as the Peter Principle apparently is winning out. Her somewhat early ineptitude enhances a fun whodunit though the culprit will be easily identified by readers much earlier than the cops do. Silent Scream is an entertaining British police procedural starring a cop who may have risen above her skill level yet remains confident in her abilities to stride for a promotion.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stella (Ex Libris) on June 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Silent Scream was my intiation to Lynda La Plante's writing, and I have to say I became a fan. Don't let the length put you off reading Silent Scream (516 pages), the writing is flowing and Lynda La Plante's writing style is natural and enjoyable.

What I found the most amazing about Silent Scream was how even though one of the main characters was dead she was brought to life through the investigation. As the investigation progressed, the real Amanda, the person behind the glamour and fame took shape before the reader. Even though she was dead from the very first chapter of the book, she was as much present throughout the novel as if she were there in the "flesh", La Plante gave her substance and complexity. You felt sad and sorry for her because of her unhappy childhood, loneliness and want for love but then when you saw how she behaved at other times and how she didn't care about what she did to others she was downright repulsive. Amanda Delaney's presence haunted the story long after her murder.

The mystery wasn't obvious, it was well structured from the beginning and the reader couldn't guess who committed the murder, leaving you wondering and guessing until the end.

Silent Scream introduced a lot of supporting characters but I can't say the novel could have gone without any of them. They were all essential to the mystery, to give the reader a broader picture of Amanda and show business politics.

The main characters: Anna, Langton and the other detectives and colleagues at the police were well developed and varied.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In Lynda La Plante's "Silent Scream," Amanda Delaney, twenty-four, is a rising film star who is headed for disaster. She is a deeply troubled individual who abuses drugs, suffers from anorexia, and has numerous lovers, both married and single. Tragically, her life is cut short when she is stabbed to death by an unknown assailant. After DI Anna Travis and her colleagues are assigned to the case, they are pressured by their superiors to produce a quick result. When weeks go by and the detectives fail to identify a suspect, DCS James Langton shows up to breathe down their necks. Anna is still recovering from her failed relationship with Langton, who has since returned to his ex-wife.

Travis, twenty-nine, is married to her job; when her boss puts her name forward for possible promotion to DCI, she is elated. However, the Delaney case may prove to be her undoing. There is little physical evidence, and even after Anna and her partner follow up every possible lead and interview anyone who might have pertinent information, they are left with little more than a tragic portrait of a neurotic actress on a path to self-destruction.

La Plante effectively depicts Anna's ambition and unhealthy obsession with her job. She has no friends, family, hobbies, or other interests to help reduce the stress in her life. She endures resentment from her coworkers, condescension from Langton, and the frustration of interviewing witnesses who lie time and again and do whatever they can to obstruct justice. If anyone harbors the illusion that being a homicide detective is glamorous, the author sets us straight.
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