Backlash: An Anna Travis Novel

Backlash: An Anna Travis Novel

by Lynda La Plante


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Award-winning and international bestselling author Lynda La Plante returns with the eighth installment in her acclaimed series featuring London's Detective Chief Inspector Anna Travis.

Late night on a notorious high-rise estate in the borough of Hackney. A woman on the street never makes it home after a long night of drinking. A white van is being driven erratically. The driver is pulled over by the police and questioned. A suspect . . . an arrest . . . a confession. Case closed?

Five years earlier, a thirteen-year-old girl disappeared in broad daylight on a busy London street. Detective Chief Superintendent James Langton headed the investigation; the case was never solved. It has haunted him ever since. And now comes another confession, to this murder, and to one more besides. But is it too good to be true? After being pulled into the fray, Anna Travis isn't so sure that they have their man.

Then the suspect changes his story. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062134349
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Series: Anna Travis Series , #8
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 603,181
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lynda La Plante's novels, including the Prime Suspect series, have all been international bestsellers. She is an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and a recipient of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Dennis Potter Writers Award. Awarded a CBE, she is a member of the UK Crime Writers Awards Hall of Fame. She lives in London.

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Backlash: An Anna Travis Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
DianaH-Maine More than 1 year ago
BACKLASH is an Anna Travis Mystery (Book #8) written by Lynda La Plante. A chance ‘pull over’ of an erratically driven van leads to the discovery of a brutally murdered woman and a full investigation by the Murder Squad. What they uncover leads to the opening of several ‘Cold Case’ Missing Persons Files. A very suspenseful crime drama and police procedural, I couldn’t put it down. James Langton continues to be an insufferable jerk, however, and Anna Travis’s expertise is seldom appreciated or acknowledged.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dang it then bye," she flew out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Duke walked in, twirling a knife between her fingers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He leaves ( biu
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She waked in. Face emotionless looking around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hello?" He called
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gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
In the 8th entry of the series featuring London’s DCI Anna Travis, the discovery of a young woman’s body in the back of a van opens up the possibility of finally getting a lead on a cold case that had been handled by her good friend and former mentor and lover, DCS James Langton, five years ago, when a 13-year-old girl, Rebekka Jordan, disappeared. The man the police arrested, when first questioned, confessed to the murder, as well as two others, including Jordan and a girl he refers to only as “Julia,” an exchange student from Dublin. On Langton’s recommendation, Travis has been heading up the Specialist Casework Investigations unit, but he now asks her to take up the investigation of the case that has haunted him for years, which she does. The author makes Langton’s obsession with the Jordan case, and the lingering grief of her parents, palpable. Soon after making his confession, however, the suspect retracts it, saying only that he “had made it all up for a laugh,” that “he read about the Jordan girl’s disappearance and he simply made up the name Julia.” But when a missing person report from 18 months ago is uncovered on a 21-year-old girl resembling the man’s description of “Julia,” which happened to be the girl’s middle name, they become determined to investigate further. That investigation leads them to suspect that there may have been even more murders of which the man was guilty. Langton and Travis are both slowly recovering from trauma, he a physical one that has put him on sick leave with a severe knee injury, she from the murder of her fiancé. The case becomes more complex as the investigation proceeds. I found the pace slow and at times plodding, much as I imagine real police work might be. That pace, and the tension, amp up considerably as the book nears its conclusion. I had been a great fan of the author’s “Prime Suspect” books, the basis for the wonderful TV series, but have to admit that I was somewhat disappointed in the present novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent Mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walked in flipping a sword.