But Jane Tennison was determined to catch the madman stalking women in London's street shadows. At first glance, it looks like a fairly obvious sex murder, but the facts suggest otherwise. As per other La Plante novels I have read the story is told with a large portion of sub plots and also follows the main characters private life. When I read books like this, I always wonder how much of this actually goes on in the workplace. The seven seasons run in the U.
Perhaps I am a purist, but I want my mysteries to be mysteries, not a political commentary. I know some people like to have political issues brought into their books, but I did not enjoy it with this one. Tennyson's prime suspect is David Harvey, the man who lived in the house at the time of the killing. As Jane fights her way through the bureaucracy there seems to be no way to win. Here, with the murder taking place in a predominantly black neighborhood, the issue of import is the racism that has infected the whole relationship between the police and the civilians.
Worse, when the details of the beleaguered detective's stormy personal life explode across the headlines of London's sleasiest tabloids, Tennison's already frenzied determination to bring the killer to justice will be catapulted into obsession - one that could send her spiralling over the edge. And by the end, I was content with the outcome and just a bit pleased with the fact I didn't see all of it before hand. I get that there are adults who exhibit that behavior constantly, but when almost every single character and there were many share that same behavior I think that it is too many missed opportunities to give the reader somet This is the second book in the Prime Suspect series by Lynda La Plante and I liked the story line much better in this one. I got lost within this world and the back story of this brutal crime. It was all earned, and so satisfying in the way it came to pass. And in one particularly beautiful moment, Marlow and his mother sing together on a pier as an aerial shot gradually soars up to depict the entire seaside. It seemed to be a bit of a trade-off, meaning my feelings towards this book are quite similar as my feelings towards the first book.
Even as London's brutal killer remains at large, Tennison remains locked in a struggle to overcome her station house's brutal chauvinism and insidious politicking. Some elements of this book I enjoyed more than I enjoyed them in the first book. Empathise with her and thought this book multi layered, astute and eminently readable. She also needed to keep her own secret in check: she couldn't let anyone see that she was falling apart inside, as her obsession with cracking this case and breaking out from under the heel of the station house boy's club took over life, destroying her relationship with the man she loved, pushing her closer and closer to the dark urges of a killer. And a killer on the loose. .
But Jane Tennison was not a woman who let anything get in the way of her passion for justice. She is someone who has to constantly work the angles and play her cards right in order to not just get ahead, but even be allowed to play the game. However, some of the issues I had with the first book are still there. Tennison is smart, intuitive, hard-driving, and has an edge that sets her co-workers on edge while at the same time solving crimes that others would rather take the easy way out on. Once they determine that, it still isn't as easy as it seems, with several characters possibly being involved in different ways. Tennison earned that sign of respect, her department earned that conviction, and the first series of Prime Suspect deserves every last bit of respect it gets as an exemplar of the police procedural. She's fighting the community as the heavily decayed body of a young black woman is found, racial tensions continue to rise.
Jane does what she can to keep the tensions down with no help from her officers. But the characters were just as unlikable as they were in the first one. Tennison is reluctant, however, as she is sure Marlow is guilty. It all turns to tragedy however with a sudden death. None of the details seem unnecessary or out of place, but it's the depth of those details that makes every word and action on the page, jump off and embed itself in my imagination. I'm sure it's contingent on what the job is, homicide detectives probably being one of those that does have a bit of sexist overtones to it still. The supposed objective, clearing the streets of rent boys and other youthful offenders, is said to be the number one priority.
Being so through, so good at the details, made Jane a top investigator; being a In the dark night of the soul. This storyline was even better than the first. If Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison hadn't been a woman, she might not have noticed the victim's shoes. She is in constant fight mode, which wreaks havoc with her personal life but seems to benefit her as she fight in a male dominated workplace. It could have been interesting, considering the topic, but I felt as though it pulled away from interesting elements of the story. So I must humbly beg your forgiveness if this review is a bit shorter that either one of us would have liked it to be.
Once they determine that, it still isn't as easy as it seems Let me begin by saying that I liked Prime Suspect 2: A Face in the Crowd much better than Prime Suspect I. Again, horrible characters saying and doing horrible things. If Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison hadn't been a woman, she might not have noticed the victim's shoes. She isn't the nicest or most sympathetic of characters, but there is just something so deeply flawed and fragile about her that I can't help but find her both sympathetic and endearing. But for Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, the corpse that had just been found in one of London's poorest communities was only the beginning of a case that would tear apart an already divided city. The vicious procurer, Jimmy Jackson, shows up at the club to attack one of the transvestites, and gets quite the surprise. Jane soldiers forward, putting her career and possibly, her liberty on the line to keep the promise she made to Yasmina.
Sometime she is a bit two-dimensional, but the mystery was intriguing enough to keep me listening. Your summary cleared that up. So I must humbly beg your forgiveness if this review is a bit shorter that either one of us would have liked it to be. As Tennison investigates, she uncovers a link to the ongoing situations within the local municipal government, and uncovers a possible political scandal which proves to be much larger and darker than she anticipated. And then it ended, rather abruptly with one question not answered and up in the air, and launched suddenly into chapter one of what I think is the first book in the series without warning which confused me. Dalton and Jane travel to see young men previously victimized by an Edward Jones. To add insult to injury, the police enlist a black detective.