Blunt Force by Lynda La Plante

Blunt Force

by Lynda La Plante


The blinding new Detective Jane Tennison thriller from the Queen of Crime Drama, Lynda La Plante.


Things can't get much worse for detective Jane Tennison.

Unceremoniously kicked off the adrenaline-fuelled Flying Squad, she's been relegated to Gerald Road, a small and sleepy police station in the heart of London's affluent Knightsbridge.

With only petty crime to sink her teeth into, Tennison can feel her career slowly flatlining. That is until the discovery of the most brutal murder Jane has ever seen: Charlie Foxley has been found viciously beaten to death, his body dismembered and disembowelled.

As a big-time showbiz agent, Foxley had a lot of powerful friends - but even more enemies. And alongside her old friend DS Spencer Gibbs, Tennison must journey into the salacious world of show business to find the killer, before they strike again . . .

In Lynda La Plante's most gripping thriller yet, Tennison discovers that the brightest lights hide the darkest secrets - and the killer doesn't always hide in the shadows . . .



'A compelling, clever plot with a brilliant cast of diverse characters. Utterly riveting' - RACHEL ABBOTT, million-selling author of ONLY THE INNOCENT

'Lynda La Plante practically invented the thriller' KARIN SLAUGHTER

'Nail-biting' DAILY MAIL

Reviewed by sleepseeker on

4 of 5 stars

This is a good story with a great main character, you can't help but like Jane and root for her. This is the first book I've read in the Tennison series. The book starts off with many different characters and soon with the murder of Charlie Foxley. There was many suspects and with many who had the means and motive to kill him. It wasn't until about halfway through that you can see the direction the case was taking them and close to the end we get to see who and why Charlie Foxley was murdered.

We were never told outright what happened to Yasmin, but it is heavily implied that she is dead and her family did it. It did bother me when the book was done that Jane wasn't able to push her superiors into allowing her to pursue looking for the girl. But soon realized that sometimes that is just how a case goes and I don't think their was a way for Jane to verify that Yasmin went back to Pakistan. Even though we got a realistic ending, everything was cleared up in terms of the Police getting their murderer.

We see Jane get a conclusion to stuff that happened in previous books and even though I haven't read those books, I was still rooting for Jane to succeed. Especially with how some of her male colleagues treat her. It's great to see her get some confidence as the book moves along and she doesn't back down when she has a hunch.

I will be adding the other books to my list to eventually read, since I liked this one. I like Police Procedural and even though I've never read one set in a different place than the US, it was easy enough to follow along with the different procedures and different style of words.

Book was an easy read and I finished in a few days. I won this in a giveaway.

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