SILENT VICTIMS is the 3rd novel in Lynda La Plante’s Prime Suspect series and features Jane Tennison as a detective in charge of her own investigation. But in a sign of the times, her male colleagues are still trying to undermine her. And despite her lack of confidence, Tennison will still do almost anything to keep moving ahead.
On Tennison’s first day heading the Vice squad, a 16 year old rent boy known as Connie is found murdered. But immediately Tennison’s superiors are trying to steer the direction of her investigation. But Tennison knowing that there is an area they want her away from is more determined than ever to find out what is really going on.
And as Tennison investigates Connie’s death and the life of those that were associated with Connie, she starts to see what those high up in the police are trying to avoid. Corruption within the police force goes to the highest levels and those who really need protecting don’t stand a chance.
Finally Tennison is faced with a choice. Should she expose the corruption of those in power, or should she play the game and continue to further her career.
It is easy to see why this is the last novel in the series as Tennison must either compromise her principles or go down screaming.
The novels in this series have not dated very well. The depiction in this novel of the gay and transgender community is very much based on the stereotypes of the time.
I’m enjoying the young Tennison novels more than I have enjoyed reading this old dated series and I’m looking forward to reading the next young Tennison novel.