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Prime Suspect (Prime Suspect Series) Paperback – January 17, 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Prime Suspect Series

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In the dark night of the soul . . . . If Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison hadn't been a woman, she might not have noticed the victim's shoes . . . . and that they didn't match the size given on the info sheet now so obviously misidentifying the dead blonde as a hooker named Della Mornay. Being so through, so good at the details, made Jane a top investigator; being a woman made the boys in the squadron want to see her fall on her face. But Jane Tennison was determined to catch the madman stalking women in London's street shadows. She had a prime suspect, and she needed to make the charges against him stick. She also needed to keep her own secret in check: she couldn't let anyone see that she was falling apart inside, as her obsession with cracking this case and breaking out from under the heel of the station house boy's club took over life, destroying her relationship with the man she loved, pushing her closer and closer to the dark urges of a killer . . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In the dark night of the soul . . . . If  Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison hadn't been a  woman, she might not have noticed the victim's shoes  . . . . and that they didn't match the size given on  the info sheet now so obviously misidentifying the  dead blonde as a hooker named Della Mornay. Being  so through, so good at the details, made Jane a  top investigator; being a woman made the boys in the  squadron want to see her fall on her face. But  Jane Tennison was determined to catch the madman  stalking women in London's street shadows. She had a  prime suspect, and she needed to make the charges  against him stick. She also needed to keep her  own secret in check: she couldn't let anyone see  that she was falling apart inside, as her obsession  with cracking this case and breaking out from  under the heel of the station house boy's club took  over life, destroying her relationship with the man  she loved, pushing her closer and closer to the  dark urges of a killer . . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Prime Suspect Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006213437X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062134370
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 28, 1998
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I read this book in one go on the train from London to Brussels and finished in before we arrived. Once I started I couldn't put it down. The character of DCI Tennyson just leaped off the page. I certainly like Linda LaPlante's crisp way of writing and her strong female characters.
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I bought it because of Helen Mirren and came to realize Lynda La Plante is just as good a reason.....
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Maybe I expected too much, but the novel was boring. The female protagonist was unsympathetic and dull. The men were caricatures of sexist pigs. Even the murder plot dragged along. The way the book ended made me think there was a sequel, but when I read the sample of the next book, it clearly wasn't a continuation. I'm thru with these.
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You want it too be great, but it's just ok. Part of the fun is that you DO picture the amazing Helen Mirren, it's like a bonus series. But there's a lot of repetition of the sexist, boorish behavior of the men (ok, I get it, hostile work environment to the max!)

If you love prime suspect it's worth a read. If not, it's not.
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Goodreads Description- In the dark night of the soul . . . . If Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison hadn't been a woman, she might not have noticed the victim's shoes . . . . and that they didn't match the size given on the info sheet now so obviously misidentifying the dead blonde as a hooker named Della Mornay. Being so through, so good at the details, made Jane a top investigator; being a woman made the boys in the squadron want to see her fall on her face. But Jane Tennison was determined to catch the madman stalking women in London's street shadows. She had a prime suspect, and she needed to make the charges against him stick. She also needed to keep her own secret in check: she couldn't let anyone see that she was falling apart inside, as her obsession with cracking this case and breaking out from under the heel of the station house boy's club took over life, destroying her relationship with the man she loved, pushing her closer and closer to the dark urges of a killer . . . .

I enjoyed this book but there were a number of things that annoyed me. I didn't like how the male officers treated Jane with their blatently sexist remarks and actions. I know that was the conflict that the protagonist had to face but it still annoyed me. I was also annoyed that the relationship George had with his mother wasn't explored further. Looking at their relationship could have added a much more psychological thriller aspect to the plot. The author plainly lets the reader on to the guilty party very early in the book and the rest of the book is about how they build the case to prove the guilt. I love the American TV series and I just caught an episode of the original British TV series with Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison. Even the British show was good and kept me on edge.
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I'm kind of a snob where crime writing is concerned, if it's not excellent I put the book down. Though I have watched the BBC TV Series on PBS for years I have never read the books. I love Ms. La Plante's writing. It is spare but true. Sometimes while reading the dialog I realize it was lifted directly to the screen. I read this book in one sitting, couldn't put it down except to make lunch and dinner. Even though I knew the outcome from the series, I was still totally immersed until the last page. I just went on my Library site to see what other books of hers were available.
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This is the first episode of the worldwide highly successful TV series "Prime Suspect," that propelled Helen Mirren into superstardom as DCI Jane Tennison. If I enjoyed the TV series (watched all of it) because it was entirely different than American cop shows, I enjoyed the book even more. I usually don't read many female whodunit/mystery writers but Lynda La Plante is an exception, right there with P.D. James and Faye Kellerman's Decker Series. The plot is not just interesting and well developed but also shows the underbelly of a good-old-boys, misogynist organization and the blatant discrimination against women on the force. Tennison has to do more and better than her fellow equal rank colleagues, dealing with not just finding a criminal but also with the animosity and open sabotage of her underlings. Just like Ginger Rogers, who did everything Fred Astaire did, on high heels and backward but never got the same credit.
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If the rest of the books in this London police procedural are as good as this first one, I think I have a new favorite. Jane Tennison is a woman in a male realm of London police detectives. Though very competent, the powers that be are reluctant to put her in charge of a major case, and the men in he squad are equally against being bossed by a woman. When she is the only one available for a high profile case, no one, except herself, wants to see her succeed. Full of complex characters, and sporting an intriguing mystery, this kept me engaged from page one to the end.
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