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Backlash: An Anna Travis Novel    by Lynda La Plante order for
by Lynda La Plante
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Harper, 2013 (2012)
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*   Reviewed by Bob Walch

A white van is stopped for erratic driving in the London Borough of Hackney. When the back of the van is opened, nestled in among the other contents is the body of a woman. Henry Oates not only admits to killing the woman but also other women in the past.

Detective Chief Superintendent James Langton is satisfied to hear that one of Oates' past victims was a young teenager who had gone missing five years earlier. He's kept the case open hoping to one day find out what happened to the thirteen year old girl. Now he knows!

But when Oates decides to withdraw his confession, Langton and the rest of his staff, including Detective Chief Inspector Anna Travis, are going to have to determine if they have been led down a blind alley or if they do have the right suspect.

If you enjoy plodding police procedurals, this latest Inspector Anna Travis novel, which features meticulous investigative work and interdepartmental squabbling, will be an acceptable read. But if you'd like a little more action and perhaps a plot with some real surprises and interesting twists, go elsewhere because Backlash isn't going to really fill the bill!

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