Flash back to Prime Sus­pect’s be­gin­ning

Mur­der Mile By Lynda La Plante, Allen & Unwin, $37

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In Mur­der Mile Lynda Laplante takes us back to 1979 and to a Jane Ten­ni­son who has just made it to de­tec­tive sergeant, so yes, it’s a flash back to the be­gin­nings of what be­came the highly ac­claimed Prime

Sus­pect se­ries.

Jane is based in Peckham, one of Lon­don’s tough­est spots, and with a background of Bri­tain in an eco­nomic cri­sis. The streets are awash with rub­bish be­cause of strikes, and it’s in this chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment that firstly one body is found, but it’s only the be­gin­ning. Ini­tially the first two bod­ies don’t seem to have much in com­mon, ex­cept that they are found close to each other. Just three days later another body ap­pears and the head­lines shout about a serial killer. The news­pa­pers also pro­claim po­lice in­com­pe­tence.

The hours are long, the pres­sure im­mense, but Jane’s in­tu­ition is telling her some­thing that doesn’t res­onate with her boss and the other mem­bers of the mur­der squad. Her con­vic­tion grows as do her fears. Jane Ten­ni­son’s abil­ity as an in­ves­ti­ga­tor takes a big leap for­ward as she un­cov­ers the truth and the killer in Mur­der Mile.

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