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Publication Order of Dolly Rawlins Books

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Prime Suspect (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Face in the Crowd (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silent Victims (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon

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Trial and Retribution (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trial and Retribution II (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trial and Retribution III (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trial and Retribution IV (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trial and Retribution V (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trial and Retribution VI (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alibi (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anna Travis Books

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Like a Charm(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Creative, Successful, Dyslexic: 23 High Achievers Share Their Stories(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Lynda La Plante Biography:

Lynda was born on March 15, 1946 in the United Kingdom. She was raised in Liverpool and trained at the Royal-Academy of Dramatic Art. She is also well-known as Lynda Marchal, which was her stage name when she performed with the Royal-Shakespeare Company in several productions. Lynda also appeared in television shows such as Bergerac, The Professional and The Sweeney. The most intriguing thing about Lynda, however, is her knack for many different talents.

She dipped in and out of screenwriting and acting, best known for her magnificent work on the Prime Suspect televisions series. Lynda has a strong focus on crime and thriller, as she discovered when she wrote her first series for Thames Television, Widows, in 1983. After this turning point in her life, Lynda signed her first book-deal with Pan MacMillan, who helped her publish her very first novel, The Legacy, in 1987.

Her first book went over extremely well, and other famous novels came to follow. One of her best known stories is The Talisman, published in 1987, closely followed by Bella Mafia in 1990. Soon afterward, she began work on Prime Suspect, which starred Helen Mirren. This opened the door for La Plante to win an Edgar-Award from the Mystery-Writers of America for her impressive work on the show.

Later, she wrote a movie titled Seekers, which starred Jossete Simon and Brenda Fricker. La Plante, now 68, owns La Plante Productions, which is her very own television-production-company. Under this name, she wrote high-rating series Supply and Demand, The Governor, and Killer Net; as well as Trial & Retribution, Mind Games, and The Commander. During this high point in her life, La Plante also published her most famous books (the Cold series).

When it Comes to Writing, What Books Made Lynda Popular?

More than anything else, La Plante’s writing career was generated by famous books Cold Blood,Cold Shoulder and Cold Hard. Otherwise known as the Cold series. These books revolve around private detective Lorraine Page, who used to have everything she could have ever wanted, but soon found herself left out on the street with no one and nothing. Her former co-workers ignore her, her boss doesn’t bat an eyelash…until a serial killer strikes back and the force is stuck trying to find a missing witness.

Lorraine Page is left to figure out if she wants to come forward with the fact that she, herself, witnessed the attempted murder of the victim who escaped. The second book, once again following the Lorraine Page plot-line, is all about Page’s new place on the force and her first stab at finding a serial killer on her own. The issue is that, in this instance, there is a huge prize is she should win, and a huge price if she should fail.

She must decide if she will risk her life to bring the killer to justice simply to claim the reward, or if she should leave the task to someone more experience, more willing, and more trusting than she will ever be able to trust herself after her difficult and harrowing past.

The series reaches closer to its ending when movie mogul Harry Nathan dies in a Beverly Hills swimming pool and Lorraine Page is once again forced into her toughest case as she tries to make up for the damage done to Cindy Nathan’s life (Harry’s third wife). The worst part of all is when Page discovers that her colleagues have already determined Cindy is the killer, and have charged her with the act.

Now, it is up to Page to prove that her instincts haven’t failed her, and that there is more to this case than meets the eye. Another famous piece by La Plante is Sleeping Cruelty, the story about a rich entrepreneur who just wants to feel like he belongs among the elite.

But, when he finally gets what he’s yearned for all these years, a political scandal erupts around him and he is shunned into the shadows once again with no shred of a positive reputation left. Sir William Benedict is left with no choice but to exact revenge on those who have sabotaged his dreams…and Justin Chalmers and his sister Laura are about to discover just how dark revenge can be when exacted by a man who has nothing left.

What Kind of Awards has La Plante Earned?

Lynda has received a huge amount of awards over her time in the field, including becoming an honorary-member of both the Liverpool John Moores University and British Film Institute. She was also awarded with the Dennis-Potter Writers-Award from the British-Academy of Film and Television Arts, and she received the Edgar-Allan Poe Writer’s Award (not to mention an Emmy) for her mini-series Prime Suspect.

La Plante was welcomed into the Crime-Thriller-Awards Hall-of-Fame in 2009, and later given an Honorary-Fellowship with the Forensic-Science-Society because of the amount of accuracy that she uses in portraying forensic-science in her work. Lynda was the first ever non-scientist to be welcomed into the Forensic-Science-Society. She was also made Commander of the Order of the British-Empire, and was given the TV-Spiel-film-Award for the television version of Above Suspicion, one of her more popular novels.

What’s Next for La Plante? While Lynda has completed and released several novels in the past years (Blind Fury, Deadly Intent, Blood Line, Silent Scream, Backlash and her newest release, Wrongful Death), she still has much more planned for those who enjoy her writing. Lynda has announced on her website that she will be releasing a standalone thriller in 2014, titled Driven to the Brink.

The story will revolve around the disturbing disappearance of a schoolgirl and the race to discover where she is hidden. It will be published by Simon and Schuster in the UK, and will come out in June. With a well-publicized career and many awards to boot, it is obvious that Lynda La Plante is a force to be reckoned with, and may just find her way onto our televisions in one way or another over the next few years. Age doesn’t mean anything when faced with a women this driven in her career, and this dedicated to the heart of her craft.

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22 Responses to “Lynda La Plante”

  1. Sandra fox: 4 months ago

    Please don’t stop writing books lynda.
    I love reading your books and you are the only best crime writer I have ever read. I have read mostly all of your books Jane Tennison, widows, Royal flush, unholy murder, cold blood, buried, pure evil I can go on with my list. Best of all which I liked is Jane tennison. Can’t wait till your next book comes out. I never was in the past a great book reader but reading your books wow. Fantastic. I do hope you carry on writing for the future.

  2. Gary Reid: 8 months ago

    Luv all the books. trying to find 1993 Comics & 1993 Seekers books.
    Australian authors [ Arthur Upfield ] we have blessing of new prints for sale.
    Keep keeping me happy.

    With a big THANK YOU.

  3. Suzi Hagen: 9 months ago

    I’m thinking of teaching an Osher adult learning course on Lynda La Plante. Any observations about her work most appreciated.

  4. Trevor Burrows: 10 months ago

    I have lived in China for the past 2O years,so getting English novels is not easy,although found odd ones on the internet here. So,my sister posts some to me,probably buys in Waterstones. Last year she sent a couple of your books,this year a couple more, including WIDOWS REVENGE,but this is the second one in the series,so cannot read it yet I am now hooked on them, have you any idea where they are available here. I am a 77 year old avid reader with a Chinese wife.I am preparing a new list to send to her, but if you have any idea where they may be available in China, would be great. I live in Suzhou City, about 60 miles inland from Shanghai.

  5. Emma Stephen: 10 months ago

    I was just wondering if anyone knows my mum has just finished reading seekers and at the back of the book it says ‘SEEKERS 2 coming soon’ is there a follow up book to it? TIA x

  6. Helen Criticos: 12 months ago

    I love all her books especially Unholy Murder.

  7. camille colon: 2 years ago

    Lynda La Plante is truly the Queen of Crime worldwide.

  8. Barbara Gamester: 2 years ago

    Is there a follow up to She’s Out?

    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      Unfortunately not.

      • Wendy: 11 months ago

        Yes there is. It is Buried which I’m reading now.

  9. Alan pearson: 2 years ago

    I have nearly all Lynda’s books they just get better and better the dark room is one of the best

  10. Bez Assfa: 2 years ago

    I love every single one of the book she has written. The one I have enjoyed the most is the Anna Travis serious. Will there be anymore or that is it. Would love to see Anna’s progress in the police force and her relationship with the DCI.

  11. Diane BayleyRead: 2 years ago

    Read all your books! Fantastic! Definitely my favourite author by far. Just finished Unholy Murder which was brilliant. Can’t wait to start Judas Horse now.

  12. Diane Bayley: 2 years ago

    Absolutely love every Lynda la Plante novel I’ve read. Just finished Unholy Murder, so good and cleverly written. Can’t wait to start Judas Horse!

  13. Hilary Susan: 2 years ago

    I’ve been reading Lynda La Plante books since yhe 1980’s….love your books always thrilling.
    Just discovered Jack Warr series….Judas Horse very exciting couldn’t put it down…looking forward to reading Vanished…..

  14. Val S: 2 years ago

    We have a swap letterbox library locally as the public library has been closed due to Covid. I borrowed one of your books Lynda called Blind Fury is was great having never read your books before I am hooked, just finished reading Unholy Murder that was fantastic.My next is Blunt Force keep up the great writing.

  15. Gloria lockyer: 2 years ago

    I have on my audio books 174 titles, and I wish I could say they were all hers, but sadly not all available. Could you please endeavour to put all her books on audio…I have just finished the govener book 1, and I can’t find book 2. ..
    listening to Lynda de plant spoils me for any other audio thriller(, please can we have more sir!!)

  16. Rosaleen Davis: 3 years ago

    Lynda la Plante is one of my favourite Autors I love her books

  17. Danusia Mazur: 3 years ago

    Just love your books, Lynda. Just finished unholy murder and am just about to start Judas Horse. You are a truly amazing writer in the thriller genre.

  18. Den Finch: 3 years ago

    I have to say that I’ve become totally addicted to Lynda La Plante’s novels. As a retired police officer myself, I can say that she explores and provides in-depth knowledge of police and forensic procedure to a really high level, and that alone is very impressive considering she was never actually a serving police office herself. Her research is obviously incredibly thorough. I always wait with bated breath, her new novels. Well done, Lynda! You’re certainly one of the finest!!!

  19. Dawn Girdler: 3 years ago

    Where have I been ? I’ve always enjoyed reading but only lately started reading your books now I’m so hooked. I’m working on completing my collection. Thank you

  20. Mandy Robertson: 3 years ago

    Thank you Lynda for your books I have read all the Dolly Rawlins book from the Widows which i enjoyed. I have also read both Jack Warr. You are my writer of choice now


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