Clean Cut

Clean Cut Dedicated intuitive and utterly obsessive DCI James Langton is ruthless in his pursuit of a gang of illegal immigrants the murderers of a young prostitute When one of them nearly kills him Anna T

  • Title: Clean Cut
  • Author: Lynda La Plante
  • ISBN: 9781847398512
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dedicated, intuitive, and utterly obsessive, DCI James Langton is ruthless in his pursuit of a gang of illegal immigrants, the murderers of a young prostitute When one of them nearly kills him, Anna Travis nurses his wounds and bears the brunt of his frustrations, putting her own life and career on hold But then one of Anna s own cases the seemingly motiveless murderDedicated, intuitive, and utterly obsessive, DCI James Langton is ruthless in his pursuit of a gang of illegal immigrants, the murderers of a young prostitute When one of them nearly kills him, Anna Travis nurses his wounds and bears the brunt of his frustrations, putting her own life and career on hold But then one of Anna s own cases the seemingly motiveless murder of a quiet, studious woman turns out to be linked with Langton s, and Anna becomes the gang s next target As USA Today wrote of La Plante s Above Suspicion, There is no sugarcoating on this 100 proof police procedural La Plante s growing legions of fans will not be disappointed.

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    About "Lynda La Plante"

    1. Lynda La Plante

      Lynda La Plante born Lynda Titchmarsh is a British author, screenwriter, and erstwhile actress her performances in Rentaghost and other programmes were under her stage name of Lynda Marchal , best known for writing the Prime Suspect television crime series.Her first TV series as a scriptwriter was the six part robbery series Widows, in 1983, in which the widows of four armed robbers carry out a heist planned by their deceased husbands.In 1991 ITV released Prime Suspect which has now run to seven series and stars Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison In the United States Prime Suspect airs on PBS as part of the anthology program Mystery In 1993 La Plante won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for her work on the series In 1992 she wrote at TV movie called Seekers, starring Brenda Fricker and Josette Simon, produced by Sarah Lawson.She formed her own television production company, La Plante Productions, in 1994 and as La Plante Productions she wrote and produced the sequel to Widows, the equally gutsy She s Out ITV, 1995 The name La Plante comes from her marriage to writer Richard La Plante, author of the book Mantis and Hog Fever La Plante divorced Lynda in the early 1990s.Her output continued with The Governor ITV 1995 96 , a series focusing on the female governor of a high security prison, and was followed by a string of ratings pulling miniseries the psycho killer nightmare events of Trial Retribution ITV 1997 , the widows revenge of the murders of their husbands children Bella Mafia 1997 starring Vanessa Redgrave , the undercover police unit operations of Supply and Demand ITV 1998 , videogame internet murder mystery Killer Net Channel 4 1998 and the female criminal profiler cases of Mind Games ITV 2001.Two additions to the Trial and Retribution miniseries were broadcast during 2006.

    658 thoughts on “Clean Cut”

    1. This is the 3rd book in the Anna Travis series by author Lynda La Plante. If you have not yet started this series I would suggest you read the books in order to get the full benefit of the building relationships and back stories.Anna and her boss, James are now having an affair and he is spending more and more time at Anna's flat. Things take a turn for the worse when James is injured while arresting a suspect in the murder of a young prostitute, resulting with him becoming a very difficult pati [...]


    2. I don't know if my review will count as spoilers, so read on with care.Within the first few pages, we learn that Langton has been attacked by a man with a machete and is at death's door. We also learn that Langton and Travis have been living together now for 18 months. Travis has a list of pros and cons about living with him, which does not bode well.There are multiple cases in this story and all are intertwined, which bring Travis and Langton together on the same team again.His recovery is not [...]


    3. What did I expect from the author of the first Prime Suspect screenplay? But I have to admit I was still surprised, grossed out, and ultimately fatigued and turned off by the grimness of this one. The crimes were beyond Gratuitously Disgusting; the central relationship is borderline emotionally abusive and you can't understand why the protagonist puts up with it OR respect her for it. The writing is, shall we say, functional at best. I left this one in the hotel rather than carry it home!


    4. I gave her three tries, the first one was good the second one wasn't but I thought, well she might be having a bad day but no - after reading this - no more La Plante for me. This was a fairly involved and gripping story and it says a lot for the storytelling skill of the writer that I stuck with it. It was over five hundred pages and quite honestly I think that the story occupied about 300 the rest was padding, repetition, info dumping and ranting about the criminal justice system, the probatio [...]


    5. An excellent third book in the Anna Travis trilogy! I love Lynda La Plante, especially her Prime Suspect television series. This book took a bit of a weird turn as I almost expected Anna and Langton to be together forever. I know he was always crusty and difficult to live with, but I never thought he would walk out and not come back. It's as if revenge was far more important to him than then love from Anna.A lot of foreign players in this book, and sometimes it was tough to keep the names straig [...]


    6. A pretty brutal police procedural. A complex series of murders, involving illegal immigrants, child-trafficking, violent death, poisoning and voodoo. For Anna Travis a key role in chasing down the culprits and the culmination of her relationship with DCI Langton, who is an uncompromising and not entirely sympathetic character. The book is longer than it needs to be but was gripping nonetheless.


    7. Am sure some might like this story, but it was way too involved with too many truly nasty characters to keep my interest. I also have never liked Langton and the way he treats Anna--especially in this story.


    8. The author of Prime Suspect,La Plante, wrote a 500 page “who done it” that is complicated and boring. The main character is Anna, a detective, and she has a lover Langton, also a detective but above her. He’s arrogant and demanding and unthoughtful (ever heard of a British detective like this? ). Turns out he was knifed severely when apprehending two African immigrants involved with the murder of an African prostitute. One of the subthemes is relations with and crimes by undocumented Afric [...]


    9. DCI Travis and DCI Langton have moved in together and are adjusting to their new lives, at least Anna is but she's starting to keep score, never a good thing. Langton is involved in a case of a murdered prostitute and a gang of illegal immigrants. Someone doesn't like him and tries to kill him with a machete. He's horrifically injured and fighting for his life. Anna puts her caseload on hold as she supports him through his convalescence at the hospital and brings him home. He's an awful patient, [...]


    10. Annoying!!!!! Main character is weak. Leading man is a dickhead. Plot line is so involved the author has to keep repeating what's happened to make sure the reader is keeping up. Ending a big disappointment. This is the first and last book I will read from this author.



    11. 1.5 starsA longer review to follow when I hate this book less; in short however, I fucking hate the character of Det. Langton so much. Had I known where this was going to end up, I probably wouldn't have read it at at time when there was so much "No one will believe you because you're a jilted wife/girlfriend/lover" shit going around in real life too.Also, I don't recall La Plante's writing style bothering me quite so much on my previous experiences with her, but this was bad. --------------Okay [...]


    12. Having seen the Prime Suspect series on TV I thought I would read one of her books but was disappointed at her complete lack of knowledge of police procedures. The days where a 'County' Force 'calls in The Yard' because they cannot cope with a murder has long gone (if it ever existed), Constables or sometimes Sergeants go on enquiries and take statements not Inspectors, officers to not 'write up their report' at the end of a shift and there is no such thing as a board with photographs and lines [...]


    13. SynopsisDedicated, intuitive and utterly obsessive, DCI James Langton is ruthless in his pursuit of a gang of illegal immigrants, killers of a young prostitute. When he is horrifically, almost fatally injured by one of them, it falls upon DI Anna Travis to put her own career on hold as she nurses him through his intense frustration and desperation to bring his would-be murderer to justice. Then Anna is assigned to a different case, the brutal killing of a quiet, studious woman whose body was dis [...]


    14. British police procedural with a realistic love story between our protagonist and the hero of the plot, her superior in the force. Anna Travis drives us crazy with her career-threatening detours from best practices in police detection as well as her penchant for depicting the man she loves as larger than life long after he has abandoned her. Still we note her acuity and rejoice at her growing maturity. LaPlante's plots ring true and her people are real.




    15. The writer is excessively fond of exclamation points (not as bad as, say, Exodus where you couldn't escape the damn things) and apparently has an abhorrence for contractions (you know: wouldn't, couldn't, didn't, etc) which is kind of cute if you're Data from Star Trek but extremely annoying in a police procedural. The protagonist is alternatively wishy-washy and passive-aggressive and her lover/boss is just a arrogant, in sensitive, nasty piece of work who treats her with contempt and undermine [...]


    16. CLEAN CUT by Lynda La Plante is the 3rd book in her Anna Travis Mysteries.The plot points are gruesome, brutal, soul-numbing, appalling atrocities. The investigation is very detailed and intricate, with many intertwined suspects. It does get confusing at times.Details include multiple murders, decapitation, machete-hacked limbs, rape, prostitution, child molestation, child neglect and torture, illegal immigration and its effects on society and the criminal justice system, racketeering, illegal i [...]


    17. Never read a Lynda La Plante before so maybe I didn't start with the right one. Found the characters rather annoying at times and was frustrated at their inability to sort out their lives. Will try something I. The prime suspect range next though


    18. A really good novel. Yes, gruesome in places but very creatively put together with a gathering picture forming and little twists along the way.It certainly has me wanting to read the next in the series.


    19. This is my favourite so far in the Anna Travis series. Fast paced and “unputdownable”. The last 150 pages I read straight through because I just had to know how/if they were going to solve this complicated case. 5 stars all the way,


    20. A great readAs someone who's spent years in law enforcement i love books about humanity and conscience versus law and justice. I finished this book and even while reading have pondered on these same issues. Can't wait. Read #4 in the series.


    21. not as good as the first two in this series. I will probably try to read more in the series because I have already bought them otherwise I don't think I would bother.




    22. This book seemed excruciatingly never-ending. I think it was mostly (but not only) because I found one of the main characters intolerable. He did not seem to have a single redeeming quality.


    23. Not quite so clean.Found the story slow to build with a disappointing ending. Could have been so much better to have earned to have earned the title of clean cut.


    24. CLEAN CUT is the third book in the Anna Travis series, based in London and La Plante knows how to write real female characters, and she's not afraid to make them likable and profoundly irritating all at the same time.In CLEAN CUT, the spark that started between Anna and her boss, James has advanced to a full blown affair. He's keeping his own flat, but most nights he's at Anna's. And she's just ever so slightly grumpy about it - James is very self-absorbed and he's a selfish sod to live with and [...]


    25. RATING: 4.25Detective Chief Inspector James Langton isn’t the easiest man to be involved with; he’s very self absorbed and prickly. Detective Anna Travis often wonders why she remains in the relationship; but as soon as she starts to list his faults, he does something that reminds her of why she is so attracted to him. His passion and dedication serve to eliminate all his faults in her mind.Langton is involved in a case involving the savage killing of a young prostitute and several other biz [...]


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