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Publisher's Summary

From the creator of the award-winning ITV series Prime Suspect, starring Helen Mirren, comes the fascinating back story of the iconic DCI Jane Tennison.
In 1973 Jane Tennison, aged 22, leaves the Metropolitan Police Training Academy to be placed on probationary exercise in Hackney, where criminality thrives. We witness her struggle to cope in a male-dominated, chauvinistic environment, learning fast to deal with shocking situations with no help or sympathy from her superiors. Then comes her involvement in her first murder case. No one witnessed the savage beating of a tragic young girl who, the postmortem reveals, was pregnant when she died. The murder enquiry is soon running cold....
©2015 Lynda La Plante (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
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By Carmen on 06-16-16

Another Disappointment from Lynda LaPlante

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story is set in the early 1970's but is it a romance, mystery a pastiche? The crime is a rehash that has been written so many times and much better than this effort. It certainly is a page turner you want to get to the end quickly and wonder why you wasted your time listening to this.The writing is sloppy, and uninspired. It appears that the hidden intention is another television series introducing us to the young, naïve Jane Tennison. It's a leap to believe that she turns into the gutsy fortyish DCI Tennison.

Has Tennison turned you off from other books in this genre?

I enjoy reading/listening to novels about young women detectives such as Helen Grace and Maeve Kerrigan and would love to know more about their early lives. But Tennison turned me off of Tennison and Lynda LaPlante.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator didn't have much to work with and her narration is flat.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tennison?

I would not have asked the author to rewrite most of the book.

Any additional comments?

Save your credits or cash and read one of the newer writers!

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By Robyn on 11-16-15

Only Lynda La Plante book I have been not liked

What disappointed you about Tennison?

It was boring not the usual fast pace of La Plante's other novels, Jane was not believable especially if you are a fan of prime suspect.

What could Lynda La Plante have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

go back to her former style

Have you listened to any of Julie Teal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

What character would you cut from Tennison?

The characters were all weak and Jane was the most annoying, yes this is where she starts her career but she had no spark, drop Jane and focus on the plot

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By elizsheba on 10-04-15

Good book

I enjoyed it very much. I like la Plante books a lot, but this one is something special. Because it s not only about investigation, mystery, police etc, but also about chauvinism, bullying , learning on mistakes, getting your power.
And that makes the book more than just a mystery crime story.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful


By sandra on 10-08-15

Tennison Returns

I was sceptical when buyong this... How wrong can you be? It filled in all the gaps where Jane is concerned.. Good naration but could have been better with a male narrator as well ....

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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