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Published September 10th 2020
A decade long crime is about to be uncovered
The 'Queen of Crime', Linda La Plante returns with the next instalment in the crimes and tales of Harry and Dolly Rawlins with the release of her novel, Buried The story is set in London and follows on from La Plante's 1995 novel, She's Out.
We pick up the story decades later, after five female ex-jail mates (led by the notorious Dolly Rawlins) committed an unsolved, audacious, and bold train robbery, taking off with 27 million dollars in the heist.
In the present time, Rose Cottage, formerly owned by a mounted Police Officer, is burnt down and the charred body of former police officer Mike Withey is discovered in the remains. Thirty-six-year-old, blond hair, blue-eyed DC Jack Warr has moved from Devon to London with his long term partner, Maggie, and is one of the police officers assigned to the case to find the killer.
At the same time, Jack, who is hoping to grow his passion for his work, is also looking to solve a mystery of his own, the identity of his real father, having been adopted as a child. As his loving, adopted father, Charlie is facing the end of his life, Jack discovers that he is unwittingly linked to the underworld and one of its kingpins – the infamous Harry Rawlins.
Linda La Plante has created a mixed bag of characters within the ranks of the ambitious and crimes-solving police force and the street-wise perpetrators The females leads in the gang are tainted, troubled and tenacious, but many have a sense of hope that their lives can be better than the violence and disappointment they have endured.
Detective Jack Warr is very likeable. He, like the women, is flawed. He is distracted and consumed by his personal pursuit of the truth, which leads him to fall short on some of the activities of the main investigation. But it is hard not to want him to succeed and find a sense of closure of his family history.
Linda La Plante is certainly a prolific and popular writer. Why do I continue to read so many of her books? Despite her continual release of novels in the crime genre, she manages to keep the stories fresh and engaging. Even those like Buried, which continue previous stories, have a sense of wonderful familiarity to re-engage with the characters and also take the reader on a new adventure into murder.
Is Buried worth the read? Of course. It only continued my thirst for her novels and the next murder mystery she tempts her readers to solve.
Buried was published in 2020 by Zaffre and is dedicated to the children's charity, Variety.
About the Author
Liverpool born Lynda La Plante has published over 30 international novels, all of which has been best sellers. Her novels and character, Jane Tennison, has been adapted to television.