By Lynda La Plante

Within the footsteps of Jane Tennison, immortalized by way of Helen Mirren in best Suspect, comes Anna Travis, a rookie girl detective approximately to embark on her first homicide case. The murders could not be extra ugly. the strategy of killing is the same, the backgrounds of the women very related -- all are prostitutes. because the booklet opens, a 7th physique is located, related modus operandi however the sufferer this time is a candy younger pupil. Anna stumbles on an important piece of data that hyperlinks one guy to the killings, a well known, much-loved actor. His protestation of innocence is convincing, and Anna can be succumbing to his flattering consciousness. What if he's arrested, the media erupts, and he's the inaccurate guy?

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Anna flew down the narrow stone steps and along a murky corridor. The hubbub of noise drew her easily to the briefing room. Rows of chairs had been placed in haphazard lines and a desk and two chairs faced them. The large dingy room smelled of stale tobacco, even though there were stained yellow notices demanding ‘No Smoking’. Anna skirted her way along to a vacant chair at the back, where she sat clutching her notebook. Up front, Lewis and Barolli were joined by eight detectives and six uniformed officers.

What had her young life been like, before she was reduced to her present state? She thought of herself at that age, then younger. She realized Langton was talking to her and she leaned forwards. ’ ‘The reason I force myself to go through the post mortem, to see that little soul cut to shreds, disembowelled, dehumanized, is because, somehow, it makes it easier. It steadies the anger. That prick Hedges couldn’t take it, of course. ’ He closed his eyes; conversation seemed at an end for now. Anna followed Langton to the incident room, where he threw off his coat, took a marker and headed towards the board.

The commander will instigate bringing in fifteen detectives. We’re still short of legs, but we can’t argue with that. We will also get another office manager, two more admin staff and Holmes Two. The Home Office will back us up and place us now on a major-enquiry system. ’ Langton hushed the ensuing applause. ‘I want someone over to Clapham to get all the details they have on the Melissa case. ’ He pinned up Melissa Stephens’s photograph. Then he picked up a black marker-pen and ringed the number ‘7′ twice.

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