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Smashingly realistic 21st Century London crime thriller,
This review is from: ABOVE SUSPICION, SET 2 (DVD)
`Deadly Intent,' Bestselling thriller of Lynda La Plante, is gritty, fast action, violent crime, and edgy. La Plante (Crime Thriller Writer's Hall of Fame) again lets a sexy female scrap her way into the man's world of murder crime fighting. She's raised the TV acceptance bar for coarse realism of London crime fighting. The ongoing series is lead by Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes x2, Poldark: The Complete Collection), now DI Travis, with her pixie face and tight clothes. She has more confidence, and more suitors. DCS Langton (Ciaran Hinds- `Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy') is the tough, tetchy boss overstepping and infiltrating on the territory of case head, DCI Lewis (Shaun Dingwall).
SUBTITLES for all 3 parts (and bonus footage).
It opens with a Mexican doctor doing a realistic facelift. Ugh! [The filmed doctor was a real plastic surgeon doing the role. That's realism.]
One year later . . .
London ex-cop Brandon is killed in a crack house. His wife, Julia (Stine Stengade), is unfazed. DI Travis wants to know why. The murder scene includes, besides blood, body and bullets, Fentanyl, drug known on the street as "Drop Dead."
Conflict abounds in the situation room as Travis pursues her own clues, Lewis has a family distraction, and Langston was a past friend/colleague with the victim. DCI Power (Ray Fearon), drug squad, adds inter-circle anxiety.
Julia's sister (Benedikte Hansen) and brother-in-law (Julian Sands- Room with a View), an Oxford bio-chem professor, provide answers.
But related deaths rise and a confession doesn't end this case. A new threat is massively deadly. Travis makes a connection. Some male staff try to make personal contact with her, proving she may just be too HOT for the team.
Cops hurry to avoid Julia becoming the 4th victim. Confessions and CCTV helps the case move toward an identity. But a Colombian drug cartel is also in pursuit.
And the winner is . . .
And the loser is . . .
This is the 3rd story in this series, streamed in the US prior to DVD release. Above Suspicion, Set 1 has two cases.
NEXT: "Above Suspicion: Silent Scream" This series is proving to be as intensely stimulating as La Plante's "Prime Suspect."