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Blunt Force (Tennison, #6) by Lynda La Plante.

"Blunt Force" introduces Jane Tennison's latest captivating case in the sixth novel. Since leaving the Flying Squad after 'The Dirty Dozen', Jane finds herself dealing with mundane cases and petty crimes that give her the impression of a career standstill. Back together with her friend and colleague Spencer Gibbs, whom she first worked with during her probationary period in Hackney, they both share the same level of frustration about their current placement in Belgravia.

Yet, they quickly overcome their frustrations. The brutal murder of theatrical agent Charles Foxley sets off a murder investigation that pushes the team's abilities to the max. They must deal with a group of suspects who are expert performers in their daily lives and careers, leaving the police uncertain about who or what can be relied upon. The deeper they go, Jane, Spencer, and the team find a dark underbelly of abuse, crime, and corruption lurking behind the facade of glitz and glamour.

Although it falls under the police procedural genre, its 1980s setting gives it a distinctiveness not often seen in current shows. It's invigorating to observe the police relying on their wit and investigative prowess, instead of being trapped behind a desk, bound to a computer.

Reading about Tennison's recent exploits feels as comforting as a cozy blanket. You already know Tennison will be the winner, but the journey won't be effortless. It's always an excellent read.

Many thanks to @LaPlanteLynda @ZaffreBooks & @Tr4cyF3nt0n for a spot on the tour.


About the Author

Lynda La Plante (born Lynda Titchmarsh) is a British author, screenwriter, and erstwhile actress (her performances in Rentaghost and other programmes were under her stage name of Lynda Marchal), best known for writing the Prime Suspect television crime series.

Her first TV series as a scriptwriter was the six part robbery series Widows, in 1983, in which the widows of four armed robbers carry out a heist planned by their deceased husbands.

In 1991 ITV released Prime Suspect which has now run to seven series and stars Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison. (In the United States Prime Suspect airs on PBS as part of the anthology program Mystery!) In 1993 La Plante won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for her work on the series. In 1992 she wrote at TV movie called Seekers, starring Brenda Fricker and Josette Simon, produced by Sarah Lawson.

She formed her own television production company, La Plante Productions, in 1994 and as La Plante Productions she wrote and produced the sequel to Widows, the equally gutsy She's Out (ITV, 1995). The name "La Plante" comes from her marriage to writer Richard La Plante, author of the book Mantis and Hog Fever. La Plante divorced Lynda in the early 1990s.

Her output continued with The Governor (ITV 1995-96), a series focusing on the female governor of a high security prison, and was followed by a string of ratings pulling miniseries: the psycho killer nightmare events of Trial & Retribution (ITV 1997-), the widows' revenge of the murders of their husbands & children Bella Mafia (1997) (starring Vanessa Redgrave), the undercover police unit operations of Supply and Demand (ITV 1998), videogame/internet murder mystery Killer Net (Channel 4 1998) and the female criminal profiler cases of Mind Games (ITV 2001).

Two additions to the Trial and Retribution miniseries were broadcast during 2006.

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