Today it is my pleasure to be sharing my thoughts on Buried, the. latest novel from Lynda La Plante. This is actually the first book by the author that I’ve read, so I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Start of a new series though so it seemed the perfect place to start. Here’s what it’s about:
About the Book
DC Jack Warr and his girlfriend Maggie have just moved to London to start a new life together. Though charming, Jack can’t seem to find his place in the world – until he’s drawn into an investigation that turns his life upside down.
In the aftermath of a fire at an isolated cottage, a badly charred body is discovered, along with the burnt remains of millions of stolen, untraceable bank notes.
Jack’s search leads him deep into a murky criminal underworld – a world he finds himself surprisingly good at navigating. But as the line of the law becomes blurred, how far will Jack go to find the answers – and what will it cost him?
In BURIED, it’s time to meet DC Jack Warr as he digs up the deadly secrets of the past . . .Available from: Amazon | Kobo | Waterstones | Googleplay | Apple Books | Hive
Well – this was my first taste of Lynda La Plante, but what a place to start. From very early on in this book I could tell I was going to enjoy the mystery and boy was I right. Murders, heists, old-time London Gangsters and a brand new Detective in DC Jack Warr who is floundering, trying to find his place in life and finally finding his long needed excitement in a tale which is as old as he is. Older even …|
I don’t want to say too much about the story itself as I think this is on that needs to be uncovered in stages, the many twisting and intricate threads of an undeniably complex story being drawn together in such a careful and yet satisfying manner that needs to be read to be appreciated. What can be said, and what is obvious from the blurb, is that the discovery of a body at the heart of a house fire leads the Detectives to a mystery that has remained unsolved in over twenty years, and to a group of criminals who have remained hidden in plain sight after pulling off one of the most daring and lucrative thefts the country had ever seen.
One of the things i enjoyed most about this story is the simple way in which the author sets the story up for readers. I found myself becoming so invested in the characters, in such a short space of time, that it was a pleasure to go on this journey with them. From the main team of Detectives, Jack and his Boss DCI Simon Ridley, and colleagues Laura and Anik, through to the supporting characters such as Jack’s partner, Maggie, his parents and the people he comes into contact with during the investigation, each of them was unique, so three dimensional and believable that you felt like you knew them. I really did like Jack and as a new central character to carry the series he is absolutely fascinating. He is a complex soul, even if at first glance he seems a little shallow. the more you read the more you get to know him and there is just something about him, before we learned about his past and the events which are soon to shape him, that makes you want to see him come good. And knowing he’s unlikely to play things entirely straight also adds to the charm – he’s going to be a hit with readers and I think would translate well to screen too, something probably not unexpected given Lynda La Plante’s pedigree.
He is a complete contrast to his boss, Ridley, who is more measured, more driven by process and perhaps a lot more focused than Jack. But they work well together and I think as the series progresses I am really looking forward to seeing how the play for and against each other. But perhaps the most fascinating characters we meet are the people who tie back to that original case from twenty odd years ago. A group of four ex-cons who all appear to be playing it straight having moved on from their pasts and learned from their past mistakes. They are a truly interesting group of people, all with their own personality traits that will make you smile, sometimes make you laugh, the oldest of the four in particular, but will also have you as a reader on guard. Now while I haven’t read any of her books before, I have seen some of the TV series so certain things still felt familiar and to regular readers of the author you will probably figure out certain elements of the story quite early on. That said, to those of you coming afresh like I have, it works perfectly well as a standalone and this is very much Jack’s story so you can dive right in.
I loved the way in the story just really pulled me in. There is just that surety of writing, of setting the scene and giving readers just enough to keep you on the hook but still create that undeniable tension and mystery when it is needed. And the carefully executed plotting that stays just the right side of plausible while still giving us the chance for that sense of satisfaction as the story play out. I know one thing – now that I have started I don’t intend to miss the next instalment. I can’t wait to see what Jack gets up to next. He has a new found sense of purpose by the end of the book, certainly a dramatic change in outlook, and I think the possibilities are endless.
About the Author
Lynda La Plante’s many novels, including the Prime Suspect series, have all been international bestsellers. She is an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and a member of the UK Crime Writers Awards Hall of Fame. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2008. She runs her own television production company and lives in London and Easthampton, New York. Visit her website at LaplanteBooks.com.