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Summary

Eight years ago, James McCready was convicted of killing his partner, Gary Meadows. But McCready has always claimed that the stabbing was a tragic accident and, when fresh evidence comes to light, he wins his appeal for a retrial. 

Detective Inspector Pat North is assigned to the reinvestigation. But when North discovers that her partner, Detective Superintendent Mike Walker, led the original police inquiry, their fledgling relationship is put to the test - particularly when she starts to suspect that he is covering something up. 

Could Walker have tampered with evidence to frame an innocent man? And if so, who is the real killer?

©2000 Lynda La Plante (P)2020 Bonnier Books Ltd

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Just okay

Not one of her best; struggled to maintain interest in the story and its characters. The reader is good especially with the different accents.

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Brilliant

Loving listening to this series and the narrator is great I will be getting the next book ASAP

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Compelling intriguing murder courtroom drama

Another brilliant book in the series loved it such a shame for Mike & Pat to suffer such tragic news with the loss of the baby, but a good look at an old case mingled in the current case, narration is really good and I really enjoy the insight it gives to the storyline.

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I'm going to do a review for the series as a whole and post it for each book, this is because I feel that the further along the series and especially the last book are mostly about the private lives of the detectives rather than the crimes themselves.

I do feel that of all the series of Linda La Plante's that I've read/watched this is probably the weakest as far as story and character development go.

The character of Mike Walker is not someone I like, yes he may get the job done, but he really is a dinosaur, and frankly I don't think he is that good of a detective. He guesses a lot or plays a hunch, which by luck has been proved correct, so often no more follow up is done once a case has either had a confession or thought to be proved. Finding evidence whilst the case is going through trial seems really far fetched to me and also not professional.

The character of Pat North has a lot of potential, she should have stayed well away from getting involved in a relationship with Mike Walker, and frankly that whole scenario is completely unnecessary.

The Detective Sargent character of Dave Satchwell starts off predictable, seems to move forward, and then de-evolves by the last book.

How much of all of this is due to the fact that the author was writing for television, rather than writing a "book" I don't know, but the story does seem to suffer because of it.

I won't be revisiting the tv series, and I doubt very much that I will listen to the books again.

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Just downloaded book V

Brilliant as usual, lots of twists and turns. One of the best narrators ever, never any confusion about the character you are listening to. Highly recommend this series.

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Great

Another breathtaking, frustrating, quick and complex story. Thank you more of these clever story's please

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As good as the others in this series

If you like a good murder story and the resulting court case you will enjoy Lynda La Plante's books.
The stories take you on a journey involving the same character's. Police officers chasing down criminals a building cases against them.
Narrative is excellent and I love the attempts at female voices and different dialogues.
Now onto the next one......

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Superb story read by a superb narrator

Superb story as are all Lynda la Plant books. Colin Mace, the narrator is a master of his art, giving each character their own voice, accent and attitude. Roll on the next Trial and Retribution book. 5* from me on all aspects

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Great story, Misogynist lead Character

Loved the narrator’s subtle ways .. really disliked main character- he was COMPLETELY UNLIKESBLE , selfish & narcissistic & a partner who got weaker by the moment - she turned into a lost womon ,, but the still was quite interesting & the writing impeccable.