Review BURIED By Lynda La Plante

Review BURIED By Lynda La Plante

Review BURIED By Lynda La Plante

Review BURIED By Lynda La Plante

This story is British, so they don’t make distinctions between police procedurals, suspense, and straight mystery. They call everything crime fiction. That’s just as well for this volume, since, for this American, it’s a bit of all of these.

There is a police officer, DC Jack Warr, who wants to find a career that he can be passionate about and doesn’t think this is it. There is also an old crime, two of them, actually. A diamond theft and a train robbery, both of them never solved. The diamonds and the cash vanished.

The book opens after a glimpse at a meeting in the past of some principal players, all female ex-cons, with a combination of murder, arson, and robbery on their resumes, at Rose Cottage. A body, badly burnt, but not killed by the fire, is found inside, along with remnants of cash recognizable as being from the heist.

On a personal front, Jack’s adoptive father is dying of cancer just as he is getting leads, through this present-day fire and murder, as to who his biological father might be. He has never known this and feels incomplete without that knowledge. His physician romantic partner, Maggie, is frustrated that Jack seems to be concentrating more on the trail to his real, criminal father, than on his dying father, and on his job.

Through this exquisitely detailed inside look at British crime solving, we see Jack having moments of brilliance and moments of despair as he comes ever closer to tying all these loose ends together and arriving at the truth.

Review BURIED By Lynda La Plante

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