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Good Friday

Lynda La Plante
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffree
24th August 2017

LYNDA LA PLANTE, the original ‘Queen of Crime Drama’, is back with the third in her tension-fuelled bestselling Tennison series. A legendary writer for both book and TV, Lynda is not only the bestselling author of 35 novels but is also responsible for over 170 hours of international primetime TV, casting actors from Idris Elba to Michael Fassbender, Ralph Fiennes to Penelope Cruz.  A creator of ground breaking series; Widows, Prime Suspect and The Governor amongst others, Lynda has won 3 BAFTA awards, an Emmy and the prestigious Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Widows, a new heist movie based on Lynda’s ground-breaking original TV series, directed by Steve McQueen, starring Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debiki and Liam Neeson, has just begun filming in Chicago.

About Good Friday:
During 1974 and 1975, London was subjected to a terrifying bombing campaign by the IRA. Over 40 bombs exploded, 35 people were killed and many more injured. In March 1976, Jane Tennison is awaiting her first assignment as a fully-fledged detective. A different woman to the naïve young police officer we saw in the first two books, her career is now moving forward. On the way to court one morning Jane passes through Covent Garden Underground station and is caught up in a bomb blast that leaves people dead and many horribly injured. A key witness, Jane is adamant she can’t identify the bomber, but when her photograph at the scene appears in the newspapers, it puts her, and her family, at risk from IRA retaliation.

‘Good Friday’ is the eagerly awaited date of the annual formal CID dinner due to take place at St. Ermin’s Hotel in Central London. Hundreds of detectives attend with partners and wives and as Jane arrives she realises, with sudden and sickening recall, that she recognises the bomber. Is St. Ermin’s the next target…and will she be able to warn her senior officers in time to prevent a bloodbath that could destroy London’s entire detective force?

Praise for the Jane Tennison series:
‘A rollicking period piece…a collage of East End crime, the ‘milk one sugar’ sexism facing female officers and the ‘he tripped down the stairs’ corruption of the seventies nick’ Mail on Sunday

‘A terrific gutsy backstory for the heroine of TV’s Prime Suspect’ Woman & Home

‘She grabs you by the lapels, shoves you up against a wall, and doesn’t stop talking until you have heard the story she wants to tell.’ The Independent

‘La Plante excels in her ability to pick out the surprising but plausible details that give her portrayal of everyday life in a police station a rare ring of authenticity’. Sunday Telegraph

‘An absorbingly twisty plot’ The Guardian

‘La Plante is a brilliant storyteller. There is a psychological insight without pretension, and a narrative drive which will just keep you turning the pages’ CrimeFictionLover.com

About the Author:
Lynda la Plante was born in Liverpool. She trained for the stage at RADA and worked with the National Theatre and RSC before becoming a television actress. It was while filming The Gentle Touch that she started to write: Widows was commissioned by Thames Television and became the highest rating series of the early 1980s. She signed her first book deal in 1987 and is now the author of 35 international bestsellers. Her original script for the much- acclaimed Prime Suspect TV series starring Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison won multiple awards.  In 1993 she won an Edgar Allen Poe Writer’s Award and the Dennis Potter Award from BAFTA and went on to form her own television production company; a company which has created and produced numerous ground-breaking series in both the UK and US.

One of only three screenwriters to have been made honorary fellow of the British Film Institute, in 2008 Lynda was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Literature, Drama and Charity.