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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (564 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lynda La Plante Narrator: Kim Hicks Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Anna Travis Series Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781482980912
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A service station on the M1: dimly lit, run down, poorly supervised, flickering lights, dark corners; a favorite stopover for long-distance truck drivers on their way up north from London. Behind it, a body is found in a ditch, that of a girl barely out of her teens. She appears to have no family, no friends, no connections anywhere. Other girls have gone missing in the vicinity, and no one has stepped forward to claim them. Anna Travis is assigned to the case. Her blood runs cold when she receives a letter from a lifer—someone she was responsible for arresting in the past—who writes to her from prison, asking her to visit him urgently, for he claims he knows who the killer is...

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is vintage La Plante: the quintessential police procedural, with a flawed heroine and enough dark twists to keep even the seasoned mystery fan off balance. A must for fans of British cop stories.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Gripping…Anna has finally stepped clear of Langton’s—and Jane Tennison’s—shadow.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lynda La Plante practically invented the thriller.”

    Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author

  • “For those who love mysteries but wish Patricia Cornwell had a dirtier mind.”

    Los Angeles Times on Above Suspicion

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda | 2/8/2014

    " Yeah - liked this one too. It's a good thriller - a bit different in that they have the prime suspect early on but need to prove it. Ni thought the side story of Anna Travis falling in love, getting engaged then losing him all in the same book was a little far fetched? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonette | 2/7/2014

    " Wow! Another brilliant novel by Lynda la Plante in the Anne Travis series. In am completely involved with the characters in these books and laugh and cry and fret just as much as they do whilst reading these books. This is yet another gripping detective story with a nail biting plot. Although the outcome in regards to the plot was a bit expected the twists in Anna's personal story were astonishing. I was left wondering whether Langton will ever fess up to his continuing deep love for Anna and whether she will ever overcome her grief and disappointment to let him back in. I really hope these two will find love (together). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charley | 2/1/2014

    " This book was enjoyable though I thought the ending was rushed and perhaps it was too long but overall good novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominika Daniluk-Gluchy | 1/24/2014

    " The beginning of the book is very like Hannibal Lecter and I was almost disappointed with it but as the story progressed I enjoyed it more and more. I thought the story line and the action was good. The only thing that didn't add up for me was the Polish girls names as none of them sound Polish (apart from Dorota - which is a Polish name). This made me doubt in author credibility a little bit but never the less I really liked the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/22/2014

    " This my first foray into this author's written work. I've seen some of her previous books on film. This one focuses on the investigating of a crime spree, the many false leads, the drudgery of police work and finally the culmination and solving of the case. A few times I had, wrongly, concluded outcomes due to the twisted plot. A good read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 1/16/2014

    " Aside from the side story about Anna's romance with a prison guard, this novel was a perfect police procedural. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/16/2014

    " I love Lynda LaPlante, I can't seem to get enough of her. This week I was watching the "The Commander" on DVD and reading her novel as well. I try to read and watch everything she has done and not yet been disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/25/2013

    " This was my first book that I have tried by this author and I have to say that I enjoyed it. It seems like you don't have to read this particular series in order. I did like the concept of emotions playing throughout the book and in part of solving the murder crime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Martin | 9/25/2013

    " I still really enjoy the "Anna Travis" series, but I am getting a bit bored with the failure of her personal relationships. I don't want to view her as a sad, lonely victim. So, in that regard, this book was a bit disappointing. And the various multitude of puzzling clues became a chore. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeremy | 7/20/2013

    " The story is long and predictable and the characters are uninteresting. It seemed like more a chronicle of the main character's very average life than a novel that was meant to entertain anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethanie-jayne Eldridge | 7/6/2013

    " It was good, a bit predictable in places, not sure the whole engagement thing fitted the character of DI Travis however, but would recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 6/15/2013

    " Not read a La Plante for some time - I think the TV drama series has put me off. But it was a good plot (although a little slow in places) - a couple of good twists near the end. A good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/8/2013

    " Drags a bit...not La Plante's best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 5/26/2013

    " could not put this down. Fast moving from start to finish. I really want to read more of her books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/9/2012

    " thanks Caroline@ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 11/2/2012

    " After all these books, I feel like I know Anna Travis and especially enjoyed this book where she is finally out from under Langston's thumb, I think I enjoyed her personal forays at least as much or more than witnessing how she solved the case. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boof | 10/28/2012

    " Bloody brilliant. Review to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 9/12/2012

    " Well, now that I've read book #6 in the Anna Travis series, I must go back and read the first five. I'm generally not a big fan of British police procedurals, but this one struck a chord with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Tinniswood | 6/22/2012

    " Am still reading but like all her books are full of intrigue and mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 4/24/2012

    " Lynda La Plante can write a story. Interesting mystery, well-paced story. I could see some aspects of the story but it didn't really matter. I don't know that I particularly like aspects of DI Fraser's character, but they make her human. Good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda Kelly | 1/2/2012

    " Probably my favourite of the Travis/Langton series of books so far. Well written and really gripping. I picked the wrong murderer though !! It was a great tale and I whipped through it because it WAS so interesting. Hope it's soon on our TV's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 12/26/2011

    " This was the first Lynda la Plante book I read and it won't be my last. I really enjoyed the story and was turning pages by the second! A serial killer targeting prostitutes. Detective Anna Travis is great at her job.....if you like crime thrillers, you'll love this! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mallory | 7/19/2011

    " Lynda LaPlante just can't seem to match the quality of her first two Anna Travis novels. I could see the twist coming a mile away, as soon as it was first alluded to. The romantic elements were rushed and unbelievable, and especially out of character for the protagonist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teryl | 7/9/2011

    " Mm, OK, love story a little lightweight, first Anna Travis I have read, as I usually avoid La Plante, but I liked it, just didn't love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 stan | 5/4/2011

    " A great book Anna Travis is s enigma she just gets better and better "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roseli | 2/28/2011

    " I like this style and found the book easy to read. I was very interested and couldn't stop reading as I am the 'curious' type of person. But the end was really disappointing and predictable. Wouldn't really recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 2/23/2011

    " Not read a La Plante for some time - I think the TV drama series has put me off. But it was a good plot (although a little slow in places) - a couple of good twists near the end. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 12/31/2010

    " This was a decent enough read if not just too long drawn out. I would have a few questions over the forensics/DNA "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivienne | 11/15/2010

    " Another gripping page-turner in this series of police procedurals. Le Plante certainly captures how detailed and at times tedious an investigation like this is.

    I really hope she continues to develop this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/17/2010

    " Am still reading but like all her books are full of intrigue and mystery "

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About the Author
Author Lynda La Plante

Lynda La Plante has written more than thirty novels, including the Prime Suspect series, all of which have been international bestsellers. She is an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and a member of the UK Crime Writers Awards Hall of Fame. She runs her own television production company and lives in London and East Hampton, New York.

About the Narrator

Kim Hicks has developed and performed in several critically acclaimed one-woman shows which have toured numerous venues throughout the country. She has read poems and short stories for Radio 4, while her theater work includes Viola in Twelfth Night, Nora in A Doll’s House, and the Midwife in The Choice. Her film appearances include Leon the Pig Farmer.