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Deadly Intent by Lynda La Plante

Deadly Intent

by Lynda La Plante

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DEADLY INTENT by Lynda La Plante is Book 4 of her Anna Travis Mysteries series.
The book is fast-paced, very detailed, suspenseful and exhausting to read. (a good exhaustion!)
There are numerous characters, dead bodies, interconnecting relationships and events. A well-written ‘police procedural’, I couldn’t put it down and have just ordered Book 5 of the series.
Of course, the main characters are flawed - Anna Travis and James Langton. Anna has matured and is a top-notch, brilliant detective. Langton is a ticking time bomb - full of regrets, paralyzing pain from previous horrific injuries and a love-hate relationship with the human race. (Anna especially)
I was a bit frustrated at the ‘loose ends’ at the end. I was also frustrated by Anna’s interest in Damien. (very self-destructive)
DEADLY INTENT is highly recommended. An excellent choice if you’re looking for a suspenseful crime drama, police procedural and an up and coming detective series. ( )
  diana.hauser | Dec 17, 2016 |
Another excellent book in this series...this was a little convoluted, but I did enjoy it. ( )
  NHreader | Aug 31, 2016 |
Quite a good story tho I still have problems reading "British" without translation.Actually liked this author enough that I've ordered her two previous novels in this series. ( )
  EctopicBrain | Jul 31, 2012 |
My apologies for basing my review on an abridged audio version. It does appear that this version is severely abridged - perhaps by as much as 60% - so you are left wondering how representative it is of the original work. I suspect that quite a deal of the interplay between the characters has been omitted and some events are summarised, in other words, described rather than experienced.

I have read the 3 earlier titles in this series, just before I started this blog, and enjoyed them very much. I have put my mini-reviews at the bottom of this post.

So I was already familiar with the back story to the Anna Travis series, which included her relationship with James Langton. Although Langton does not start off being in charge of the case in DEADLY INTENT he takes charge when the original boss of the CID team has personal problems. That he sees Anna Travis as a loose cannon to be carefully guarded comes through loud and clear, and to be honest, Anna is not a good team player. She is very likely to go off impulsively on a tangent on her own, rather like a bloodhound following a faint scent.
To be fair to Anna it is her intuition that leads to connections being made, but it also highlight the fact that the team often does not do its job properly. It seems unfair though that James Langton is so willing to lay the blame at Anna's door, rather than accept the responsibility himself.

From the questions my listening partner in the car asked me, knowing the story from previous titles was important to a full understanding of DEADLY INTENT, and so this is a series that it pays to read in order. There are now 7 titles in the series.

Janet McTeer does an impressive job with the narration and the voice changes. ( )
  smik | Nov 27, 2011 |
Started as a gripping detective /who-done-it. But lost its way into a grubby romance. What started as an intelligent detective became a silly woman who I quickly lost patience with . Not really sure who did what/why at the end. Enough there though to make me want to try more of this author - maybe I'll not be so let down next time ( )
  Summermoonstone | Aug 10, 2011 |
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"Ruthless drug trafficker Alexander Fitzpatrick is one of the most wanted men in the Western Hemisphere. But for ten years, there's been no sign of him. Is he dead, or just trying to appear that way? When an ex-colleague from the murder squad is found shot in a dank drug den, Anna Travis is pulled into the case. She's grateful for the distraction after her breakup with DCI Langton and soon finds herself involved with someone new. But as the bodies pile up and the mystery deepens, Travis and Langton must put aside their personal history and work together to track down one of the canniest criminals they've ever encountered" -- from publisher's web site.… (more)

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