HIDDEN KILLERS O
n London Fields, a prostitute in a cheap blue rabbit-fur coat is struggling with an assailant who holds a knife to her throat. But this woman isn’t who she seems – in fact, she’s a young Jane Tennison on an undercover assignment. Soon afterwards, a woman is discovered dead in a bath, with her child left crying in the next room. Was it accidental death or murder? That question soon engages Tennison, who already has her hands full with a multiple rape case. The pattern of her future career is soon clear: taking on the CID and putting herself in danger. This follow-up to La Plante’s successful, 1973-set Tennison, which depicted her longtime heroine not as the tough, mature copper we know from the Helen Mirrenstarring TV incarnation but as an inexperienced Met probationer, this second prequel bristles with the same vivid detail of London during that dingy decade, and again foreshadows the woman she was to become.
The rites of passage depicted in the previous novel aren’t over, and readers will be grateful for another chance to experience Tennison as a vulnerable heroine who’s slowly acquiring her grimly resilient character.