The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen

by Lynda La Plante


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The fifth book in the Tennison series following Jane Tennison in the early years of her policing career.

The fifth book in the Sunday Times bestselling Jane Tennison series.

April 1980 and Jane is the first female detective to be posted to the Met's renowned Flying Squad, commonly known as the 'Sweeney'. Based at Rigg Approach in East London, they investigate armed robberies on banks, cash in transit and other business premises.

Jane thinks her transfer is on merit and is surprised to discover she is actually part of a short term internal experiment, intended to have a calming influence on a team that likes to dub themselves as the 'Dirty Dozen'.

The men on the squad don't think a woman is up to the dangers they face when dealing with some of London's most ruthless armed criminals, who think the only 'good cop' is a dead cop. Determined to prove she's as good as the men, Jane discovers from a reliable witness that a gang is going to carry out a massive robbery involving millions of pounds.

But she doesn't know who they are, or where and when they will strike . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499862119
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Publication date: 08/20/2019
Series: A Jane Tennison Thriller Series , #5
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 211,788
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lynda La Plante was born in Liverpool. She trained for the stage at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked with the National Theatre and Radio Drama Company before becoming a television actress. She then turned to writing - and made her breakthrough with the phenomenally successful TV series Widows. Her novels have all been international bestsellers.
Her original script for the much-acclaimed Prime Suspect won awards from BAFTA, Emmys, British Broadcasting and Royal Television Society as well as the 1993 Edgar Allan Poe Writer's Award. Lynda has written and produced over 170 hours of international television. Tennison was adapted for TV and was broadcast on PBS in 2017. Lynda is one of only three screenwriters to have been made honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and was awarded the BAFTA Dennis Potter Writer's Award in 2000. In 2008, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to Literature, Drama and Charity. She is a member of The Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame and is the only lay person to be made a fellow of The Forensic Science Society.

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The Dirty Dozen 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Jypsylynn 10 days ago
The Dirty Dozen is part of a series, and I have not read the other books yet. It's okay as a standalone, though. This is an interesting look at a woman, Jane, in a man's world. The world is the police, as this story is a police procedural. It's intriguing and entertaining but a bit mundane at times. Still, it's a good overall look at what a strong intelligent woman is capable of when faced with obstacles and, well, men and their superiority complexes. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
SharSam 21 days ago
Believable, entertaining, powerful, Intriguing. The Dirty Dozen novel centers around the main character Jane Tennison a new squad team member of the Flying Squad Officers. The time period is 1976 and the book does an excellent job providing accurate details pertaining to the environment and mindset of the characters. I love Jane Tennison, she's straight forward, doesn't play games, and is one intelligent strong character. She's immediately met with negative vibes from the group of male officers. Not only is she knew but the fact she's joining them is a test in itself. The pace of the novel starts out with a minor crime then builds with interesting police procedure details. I found something fascinating in every chapter, up until the end. The ending is spectacular, and I"m hoping there is another book for Jane Tennison. What a fun read, loved it!
Anonymous 23 days ago
Lynda La Plante's Jane Tennison series has set itself apart by featuring an intelligent woman who is not afraid to be human. She finds herself in the unique position of being the first woman on a special unit known for being a team of mavericks that have no limits and do not necessarily follow procedural rules. While Jane is a top notch police investigator, superiors assign her to the unit hoping her feminine influence will temper some of the wilder actions of her male counterparts. Jane, of course, see's this as an insult and a challenge. Set as the back story, Jane's actions are influenced by this challenge. This is an excellent series of murder/ thrillers that will keep readers turning pages quickly. Linda La Plante has made Jane a very human character that you'll recognize from your own life. You will quickly finish this book and wait impatiently for the next.
Anonymous 25 days ago
The Dirty Dozen by Lynda LaPlante For those familiar with the author's work in the "Prime Suspect" novels, this book will be a marked change. Instead of the heard action, gritty thriller, THE DIRTY DOZEN focuses on the careful meticulous investigation of the MET's "Flying Squad", a task force dedicated to investigation of robberies. In this book, the focus is on the robbery of an armored cash delivery truck at a local bank. Jane Tennison has just been assigned to serve as the first female member of this notorious "boy's club" and faces prejudice at every turn. The book opens with an action filled chase. The Flying Squad has been tipped off that a robbery is in process and true to their name, the squad flies into action, chasing the bad guys through the streets of London until an accident allows the criminals to get away. What follows is the slow, grinding, careful investigation to uncover the facts of who the criminals are, where they live, and what evidence they can accumulate with the hopes of catching them in the act of committing their next robbery. Missing from this book are the hard-edged action moments and thrills of earlier novels. The real focus for me in the books of the Tennison series is the fascinating figure of Jane Tennison herself. She is a more than capable police officer living at a time when women had not previously served in the Metropolitan Police Force. She is literally a ground breaker. The author does a marvelous job of sharing both Jane's strengths of character and her moments of self-doubt. In the end, however, it is Jane's careful attention to detail and her tenacity that help solve the case and put the bad guys away. But then, would you expect anything less? I found myself captivated by THE DIRTY DOZEN from the very beginning and even without the high tension thrill ride of other books, I found it hard to put down. I highly recommend this book. I am grateful to BOOKISH for the gift of this book and for the opportunity to offer my honest opinion of it.
Joan Waite 25 days ago
This is my first book by Lynda La Plante, so I didn't know what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised. The book has well developed characters, and a believable story line. The main character, Jane Tennison, is tenacious, and determined to get the job done, even if it means going against direct orders from her boss. She has a quick and analytical mind that is detrimental to solving crime. There are four more books in the Tennison series that I have to put on my TBR list for future reading. I am looking forward to reading more of Lynda La Plante's work
OneThriftyReader 30 days ago
I'm a fan of the old Prime Suspect television series starring Helen Mirren as London police officer Jane Tennison so I was eager to read this crime fiction novel, which features a younger Jane Tennison as the main character. In this book, Jane has been a police officer for six years and done well - she is now a detective. At the beginning of this book, she is assigned to the famous Flying Squad - an elite group of detectives who are supposed to stop armed robberies before they occur, or failing that to catch the robbers afterward. Jane thinks this assignment is a reward for her hard work and success as an officer, but after she arrives she discovers that she is to be the squad's token woman (it's the 1980's in the book) and her boss definitely does not want her there. This book is billed as a thriller, but I'd call it a police procedural - it's as much about Jane's struggle to gain the respect and acceptance of her colleagues as it is about catching the bad guys. I enjoyed it very much. Disclosure - I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
blkcobra01 3 months ago
Jane Tennison ends up on the Flying Squad , aka Sweeney, and is in for a surprise on her first day of work. Not only is there an armored car robbery , Jane must deal with her predominately male coworkers who don't seem to think a woman can quite handle the job. But they quickly accept her into the group and begin looking for suspects of recent robberies. Jane has to overcome dealing with her boss who sends her on menial tasks. I loved reading this story and the book is very well written. Easy to follow and keeps you interested as to what happens next page after page. I highly recommend this book if you like detective novels. This is the first book I have read in the series and I must say I will be purchasing the others and reading them from the beginning!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I read a sample and despite my reading tastes decided to give this book a chance. It was a solid read. However, I wish I knew that it was the 5th in a series because I like to read series, even unconnected ones in order. It was a good book but overall not for me and I wouldn't pick up more in the series after this one. The writing was good and I enjoyed how the characters were written. The action and the time/setting were interesting. I did find parts of it a bit wordy but I liked the writing style so that was not too bad. I would recommend this to fans of detective or police focused thrillers. I'm not a fan of those but it was a well-written one.
ReadbyRed 3 months ago
Being the only woman in a man’s world can be difficult, but Jane Tennison is more than up for the challenge. As the newest member of the Flying Squad, and the first female member ever, Jane is ready to jump in with both feet and bring down the bad guys, but the other members of the Flying Squad aren’t as excited, believing that a woman can’t handle the dangers that they face. After one robbery, Tennison discovers a witness with information about the plans for another robbery. Can the Flying Squad look past their personal beliefs to solve this case with Jane Tennison? The Dirty Dozen is a good novel with a strong female lead. The main characters are very well developed and I enjoyed the action within the pages. There were some details and events in the story that, after being focused in a way that made them appear rather important, disappeared completely. This being the fifth novel in a series, I’m curious if some of them are referred to in other novels. Overall, it was an enjoyable story. Thank you BookishFirst for a copy of The Dirty Dozen in exchange for an honest review.
Kelsey Bickmore 3 months ago
I usually don't read this type of book but I am glad I did for this one. It may have been the fifth book in the series, but it definitely can be read as a standalone with only a few references from previous books. Jane is a tough detective making her way in a very male oriented workforce. She has just been transferred to the Flying Squad, a group of all males who think that she might not be cut out of the position. Jane proves them wrong though and is tough and tenacious as they go after a gang of robbers that robbed a bank truck and are out for a bigger score. This was a fun book, though it annoyed me sometimes when the guys on the team belittled Jane or tried to prove her incompetent for the spot on the Flying Squad. I would probably read other books in the series and enjoy them as well.
Nanna51 3 months ago
QThis is book #5 for Jane Tennison and her saga goes back in history from the Prime Suspect series that the author is noted for. The setting is 1980 and the historical elements add to the intrigue of the story. Jane is tasked to be the first female member of the Flying Squad, a group of male detectives with the reputation of being “the Dirty Dozen.” Jane faces sexism and finds herself relegated at first to helping the forensics expert instead of being in the middle of the investigation. But Jane’s tenacity and intelligence lead her to follow clues to a huge robbery that has been planned. Jane doesn’t know who or where of when, so she goes undercover to investigate. This book is entertaining, realistically written and intriguing for the reader as Jane follows the clues and establishes her reputation with the “big boys” in the Flying Squad. I recommend this book to fans of Lynda La Plante as well as to new readers of her books who enjoy police procedurals with more than a touch of humor. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great Read. Suspenseful. What is really great about it is the character of Jane Tennison. She is smart and strong and can hold her own in a room full of misogynistic men. The novel takes place in London in the 80s. Jane Tennison is assigned to an all-male police force called the "Flying Squad." (Sweeney). Also dubbed "The dirty dozen." All in all the boys in the club make it plain to Jane she is not welcomed. A robbery takes place on her first day. The Murphy AKA the Colonel assigns her to talk to witnesses who saw the crime. While the men gather evidence around the crime scene. Resentful of the assignment; Jane does what she is told only to find evidence the other officers' miss. She collects this samples of evidence and shows them to her partner Dabs agrees they are relevant to the case and tells the boss Murphy at the Flying squad meeting the next day. Murphy ignores the evidence until he is forced by Kingston to pay attention to Janes evidence. Murphy reluctantly agrees. There is so much detail in this book i began to start skimming a few pages until the book got back on its feet again. lol. The mystery was interesting and nail-biting with a satisfying ending. I felt as if i was experiencing the mystery in "Real-Time." Beginning slow and then picking up pace as it raced to the climax. I finished it this weekend. It reminded me of an episode of "Law and Order." London Edition. The characters i thought were all human and three dimensional, with flaws, heartaches, dreams and wants and were very relatable. Even the worse of them. lol. I am very familiar with this author as a writer for "Prime Suspect" which i watch on PBS. However, not as an author. I definitely plan to change in the near future. I love her writing on and off the screen.