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  • The Dirty Dozen

  • Jane Tennison, Book 5
  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (397 ratings)

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The Dirty Dozen

By: Lynda La Plante
Narrated by: Laura Kirman
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Summary

The gritty new thriller from the Queen of Crime Drama and the fifth book in the Sunday Times best-selling Jane Tennison series.

Jane Tennison has worked hard to become the first female detective ever posted to the infamous Flying Squad, or 'the Sweeney'. But the Dirty Dozen is a notorious boys' club, and Jane's new colleagues make it clear that they don't think a woman is up to the dangers of the job.

Dealing with some of London's most ruthless armed criminals, who think the only good cop is a dead cop, is no joke. 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.

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

©2019 Lynda La Plante (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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Enjoyable great read

Enjoyed gripping lots of different characters great discriptions read well kept me intrigued great

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Tennison and the flying squad..

Another great story , Jane Tennison and the Sweeney tackle bank robbers.. and the public..

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Dreadful narration

The nation made everybody sound angry and arrogant even in situations that didn’t warrant it. It made the main character out to be a very bitter woman

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Good..

took a while to get to & get to grip with all the characters but a good read!

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Cracking story

Great next chapter in the Jane Tennison story. The narration is beginning to grate, however (just a bit too deliberate and evocative of lace doilies and crisp white table cloths) as are the constant references to 'hoping to be accepted as part of the team' and -'the importance of the investigation' - we get it and it doesn't need spelling out every few pages....
Having said that, the plot was great and I shall continue my Tennison Odyssey.

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Shame about the performance

The reader does dialogue very well, but reads the narrative bits dreadfully by putting too much drama into it which results in disjointed sentences. It was very irritating. Please don’t spoil La Plantes marvellous stories with her again.

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another great read.

loved it and great to get the back story to Jane tennison prior to the prime suspect stories.

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The Dirty Dozen

The poor narration of The Dirty Dozen ruined this ex rllsnt story by Linda La Plante story.

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Excellent

What a smashing listen. I really really enjoyed it. Simple. Straight to the point copper story. Thank you.

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Not her best

The story was really about facts regarding police practice.
The narrator was not the best. I will look out for her to avoid her

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