The Dirty Dozen

The 5th book in the Tennison series

The Dorty Dozen by Lynda La Plante book cover

In a game of life and death,
there is no safety in numbers…

April 1980 and Jane is the first female detective to be posted to the Met’s renowned Flying Squad, commonly known as the ‘Sweeney’. Based at Rigg Approach in East London, they investigate armed robberies on banks, cash in transit and other business premises.

Jane thinks her transfer is on merit and is surprised to discover she is actually part of a short-term internal experiment, intended to have a calming influence on a team that likes to dub themselves as the ‘Dirty Dozen’.

The men on the squad don’t think a woman is up to the dangers they face when dealing with some of London’s most ruthless armed criminals, who think the only ‘good cop’ is a dead cop. Determined to prove she’s as good as the men, Jane discovers from a reliable witness that a gang is going to carry out a massive robbery involving millions of pounds.

But she doesn’t know who they are, or where and when they will strike . . .

Praise for the Jane Tennison series:

An absorbingly twisty plot’ – Guardian

Enthralling’ – Heat

A rollicking period piece’ – Mail on Sunday

It may be apprentice Tennison, but it’s vintage La Plante’ – Independent

Fast-paced, tense and a great read’ – Sun

The pace is breathless and the plot is satisfyingly full of twists and turns’ – Independent on Sunday

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

  • Hardback ISBN 978-1785768507
  • Paperback ISBN 978-1499862119
  • eBook ASIN B07N1QTNL2
  • Audiobook ASIN B07VPRLD7H

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