Crime-to-court suspense from Lynda La Plante
Lynda La Plante -- creator of the award-winning Prime Suspect, widely regarded as the ultimate intelligent crime drama -- scores again with Trial & Retribution. From the scene of the crime to the tactics in the courtroom, these British thrillers explore the bitter internal rivalries among police investigators, the political pressures of high-profile cases, and the legal maneuverings of defense attorneys and prosecutors. As always, La Plante plumbs the emotional depths of her characters with dark and often disturbing results.
In these riveting, feature-length mysteries, police probe an abandoned house concealing multiple murders, a dysfunctional family with a deeply troubled musical prodigy, the mysterious disappearance of a well-connected woman, and a shadowy sex club for London’s elite.
Starring David Hayman (Hope and Glory), Kate Buffery (Wish Me Luck), and Victoria Smurfit (About a Boy), with guest stars Charles Dance, Gemma Jones, Ben Cross, Tim McInnerny, and Simon Callow.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE interviews with David Hayman, Victoria Smurfit, and Colin Salmon; text description of the Criminal Investigation Department; and Lynda La Plante biography.
Contains graphic scenes
As completely immersive as a first-rate mystery novel, Lynda LaPlante's Trial & Retribution
will captivate fans of Brit crime, but also lovers of top-notch character study. As with her beloved Prime Suspect
, LaPlante infuses Trial & Retribution
with cinematic layers of atmosphere, complicated twists, and flawed heroes and heroines every bit as interesting as each plot. In fact, this second set of episodes is perhaps more engrossing as character studies, especially of Detective Superintendent Michael Walker (David Hayman) and his companion and fellow cop, Detective Inspector Pat North (Kate Buffery). Walker has made a mess of his personal life, with an estranged wife and kids who still want him back, and with a growing gap between himself and Pat, after a trauma has shattered their lives. But behind their stiff upper lips, both Walker and North are on the verge of breaking down--despite their tough exteriors. And there are still extreme crimes to be solved. Skeletons of young women are unearthed at a former bed and breakfast inn in a leafy neighborhood, and even after nearly two decades, there are more than enough plausible suspects as Walker and his team slowly dig into the past--literally and figuratively. Other discs in the set follow the sordid doings at a secret sex club, a serial rapist and murderer who may or may not be mentally ill, and even the grisly internal politics of Britain's judicial system. The series is one of the most satisfying for mystery and drama fans in any country, and is squarely aimed at grownups, unafraid to examine the most sordid side of their fellow man--as well as the most vulnerable. --A.T. Hurley