By Lynda La Plante
Within the footsteps of Jane Tennison, immortalized by way of Helen Mirren in top Suspect, comes Anna Travis, a rookie girl detective approximately to embark on her first homicide case. The murders could not be extra grotesque. the tactic of killing is similar, the backgrounds of the women very related -- all are prostitutes. because the publication opens, a 7th physique is located, comparable modus operandi however the sufferer this time is a candy younger scholar. Anna stumbles on an essential piece of knowledge that hyperlinks one guy to the killings, a well known, much-loved actor. His protestation of innocence is convincing, and Anna may be succumbing to his flattering awareness. What if he's arrested, the media erupts, and he's the inaccurate guy?
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After graduating from Oxford University in economics she had done the usual eighteen weeks’ training at Hendon, then taken a uniform posting with a response team. Towards the end of her probationary period she had been attached to the local borough CID Robbery and Burglary Squad before switching to the Crime Squad. A memo from her superintendent underlined in red that Travis was a very ‘proactive’ officer. Langton flicked through the rest of her CV with less interest. Travis had moved quickly up to the Home Office’s High Potential Scheme.
Sandra Donaldson, aged forty-one, had a similar background to the first victim: a life of abuse, drugs, alcohol, four children all fostered out and a junkie boyfriend. She was first arrested for prostitution when she was twenty and then numerous times after that for theft and handling stolen property as well as further arrests for prostitution. According to postmortem reports, she had been more severely beaten than the first victim. Her bruises looked horrific: some old and yellowing, some fresh.
She had been a stunning woman, tall and slender and very artistic; a designer. Anna had her dad’s hair, which sprouted all over rather than growing in a specific direction. She wore hers cropped short. For a redhead, she was unusually dark-skinned, unlike her pale freckly dad, and had inherited her mother’s dark eyes. She was short, also rather square, but she carried no fat; it was all muscle. Anna had ridden horses since she was a toddler. She had won so many rosettes that she could cover herself from top to toe in red and blue ribbons.