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Summary

It is late at night on a notorious council estate in east London. A van - garishly painted with a grinning clown's face on the side - is being driven erratically. When the police pull over the driver to question him, they discover, inside the van, the body of a young woman.

A murder suspect . . . an arrest . . . a confession . . . A case done and dusted? But their suspect claims his victim is not his first, but his third.

Five years earlier, a 13-year-old girl disappeared in broad daylight on a busy London street. DCS James Langton headed the investigation and left no stone unturned. The fact that case was not solved has haunted him ever since. The enquiry has opened up again but, unable to lead it due to ill health, Langton brings in DCI Anna Travis. Meanwhile the murder team begins the laborious task of verifying the details of the confessions and uncovering the identity of the second victim.

And then the suspect changes his story. They know they have a murderer in custody - but is he a serial killer or just a compulsive liar?

©2012 Lynda La Plante (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Excellent read

Another enjoyable, well narrated, gritty & gripping thriller that doesn't disappoint. Recommend the series.

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End up pulling an all nighter

Great story! Can’t put it down once it gets juicy. Recommend to anyone who likes hard murder cases with lots of surprises.

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Another great story.

Thoroughly enjoyed this story kept my attention all the way through. Narration by Samantha Bond very good and portrayed each character with authenticity.

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Enjoyable

I started it this morning and listened to it in a single day, so it must've been good!

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Not great but OK

Not Lynda La Plante’s best work. It was a short story so easy enough to get through but there’s much better work oh hers out there.

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Another good one from Lynda

I liked this book. Like another reviewer, I could really have done without the telephone conversations. Really hard to hear and brought nothing to the story. My only other gripe is the accent for Langton. Not sure I had him down as a northerner. I feel sure that in earlier books he was from the South. Continuity needs to be reviewed. But i would hate to give the impression that I didn't enjoy the book because I did.

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Enjoyable short read that keeps ya mind ficused

I was worried that as a shorter text it wouldn't be as developt enough to be enjoyable but it hit a nice balance. I listened to his while I was sick & helped distract me from my pain & insomnia. I'll happly try other texts from this writer or narrator :)

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Excellent

Excellent all round. Well done Samantha Bond too, a measured and polished narration, with appropriate grit., and characters voices that didn’t distract from the great story.

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enjoyable

loved it, gripping, great story line with a few twists. kept me listening through night

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Enjoyable, an easy listen

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I enjoyed listening to this book but it was fairly mundane. Easy to listen to. Would recommend it though if you want a fairly uncomplicated listen.

If you’ve listened to books by Lynda La Plante before, how does this one compare?

This was my first book by Lynda La Plant.

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Enjoyed listening to Samantha Bond, lovely voice and did a good job of different characters voices.

Could you see Backlash being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Probably a TV series.

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loved the story

Really disappointed l couldn't purchase the unabridged version.
Lift your game audible.
should be available to all