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The fifth book in the Sunday Times bestselling Jane Tennison series. 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 surpr The fifth book in the Sunday Times bestselling Jane Tennison series. 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 . . .


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The fifth book in the Sunday Times bestselling Jane Tennison series. 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 surpr The fifth book in the Sunday Times bestselling Jane Tennison series. 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 . . .

30 review for The Dirty Dozen

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    The Dirty Dozen is the 5th in the Tennison series by Lynda La Plante and sees Jane Tennison joining the Flying Squad – the first woman detective to be included in what’s known as the dirty dozen; a men’s club like no other. But Jane’s made of tough stuff and is determined to do her job to the best of her ability and prove to these biased, hostile men (especially her boss!) that she deserves to be a member of the Flying Squad. And what’s that about an experiment? Robberies, murder, coercion, corru The Dirty Dozen is the 5th in the Tennison series by Lynda La Plante and sees Jane Tennison joining the Flying Squad – the first woman detective to be included in what’s known as the dirty dozen; a men’s club like no other. But Jane’s made of tough stuff and is determined to do her job to the best of her ability and prove to these biased, hostile men (especially her boss!) that she deserves to be a member of the Flying Squad. And what’s that about an experiment? Robberies, murder, coercion, corruption, undercover work – Jane has seen it all. But the sheer ruthlessness of the gang they were following was shocking. What would be the outcome for Jane in this intense, fast paced and gripping thriller? I thoroughly enjoyed The Dirty Dozen and have no hesitation in recommending it highly. With thanks to Allen & Unwin AU for my copy to read in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jess☺️

    The Dirty Dozen by Lynda La Plante is the 5th book in the Jane Tennison early years and it's a fantastic addition to the series. Jane has now joined the big boys club "The Flying Squad" and as you can imagine being the only woman in the room is definitely going to cause a stir 😉. On her first day she's swept up into solving a bank robbery. Lynda La Plante had thriller down to a T, It's fast paced with plenty going on it never drops for a minute,it's frustrating at times but there's also many edge o The Dirty Dozen by Lynda La Plante is the 5th book in the Jane Tennison early years and it's a fantastic addition to the series. Jane has now joined the big boys club "The Flying Squad" and as you can imagine being the only woman in the room is definitely going to cause a stir 😉. On her first day she's swept up into solving a bank robbery. Lynda La Plante had thriller down to a T, It's fast paced with plenty going on it never drops for a minute,it's frustrating at times but there's also many edge of your seat moments. I definitely recommend this series 📖

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    I have always enjoyed the character Jane Tennison by author Lynda La Plante and was a big fan of the television series 'Prime Suspect' so was more than happy to read this latest book in the series. This is the fifth book in the series and follows Tennisons early career when she became a member of the notorious 'Flying Squad' known as the Sweeney. The book is based in 1980 before mobile phones were commonly used. Tennison is the first first female detective to work for the Flying Squad and is seen I have always enjoyed the character Jane Tennison by author Lynda La Plante and was a big fan of the television series 'Prime Suspect' so was more than happy to read this latest book in the series. This is the fifth book in the series and follows Tennisons early career when she became a member of the notorious 'Flying Squad' known as the Sweeney. The book is based in 1980 before mobile phones were commonly used. Tennison is the first first female detective to work for the Flying Squad and is seen as an experiment. This is not a popular appointment and she is not accepted easily by her colleagues and bosses who see themselves as the 'Dirty Dozen'. Based in East London, they investigate armed robberies on banks, cash in transit and other business premises, so there is plenty of action. Jane Tennison is up for a fight and keen to prove herself as capable as her male colleagues. This book is full of action, good gritty characters and a plot that works. Good read and recommended. I would like to thank both Net Galley and Zaffre for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sharah McConville

    In the latest Jane Tennison book Jane has a new job with the Flying Squad. She has to deal with an all-male team and isn't accepted easily. Jane is thrown into a bank robbery investigation on her first day of work and becomes involved with a gang of violent criminals. I love this series and hope there are more books to come! In the latest Jane Tennison book Jane has a new job with the Flying Squad. She has to deal with an all-male team and isn't accepted easily. Jane is thrown into a bank robbery investigation on her first day of work and becomes involved with a gang of violent criminals. I love this series and hope there are more books to come!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

    Did not finish

  6. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I could not get into this one, it just seemed to drag on and on. To be honest I was bored and gave up.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jypsy

    The Dirty Dozen is part of a series, and I have not read the other books yet. It's okay as a standalone, though. This is an interesting look at a woman, Jane, in a man's world. The world is the police, as this story is a police procedural. It's intriguing and entertaining but a bit mundane at times. Still, it's a good overall look at what a strong intelligent woman is capable of when faced with obstacles and, well, men and their superiority complexes. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange f The Dirty Dozen is part of a series, and I have not read the other books yet. It's okay as a standalone, though. This is an interesting look at a woman, Jane, in a man's world. The world is the police, as this story is a police procedural. It's intriguing and entertaining but a bit mundane at times. Still, it's a good overall look at what a strong intelligent woman is capable of when faced with obstacles and, well, men and their superiority complexes. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Natalie M

    Absolutely brilliant series. The 5th instalment of the early years of Jane Tennison’s career, as she joins the Flying Squad. The fast-paced action begins in Chapter One, Jane’s first morning on the job, and continues throughout the novel. There are so many clever aspects to this investigation which develops Tennison’s character personally and professionally. Organised crime, collusion, doubts about the honesty and integrity of the team, and of course the chauvinism is rife. Excellent writing, exc Absolutely brilliant series. The 5th instalment of the early years of Jane Tennison’s career, as she joins the Flying Squad. The fast-paced action begins in Chapter One, Jane’s first morning on the job, and continues throughout the novel. There are so many clever aspects to this investigation which develops Tennison’s character personally and professionally. Organised crime, collusion, doubts about the honesty and integrity of the team, and of course the chauvinism is rife. Excellent writing, excellent read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I enjoyed the first 4 novels in this series, but was a little disappointed in this one. I felt that in some places Ms La Plante was being overly pedantic. She captures the era remarkably well but the plot had nothing original: definitely not as good as the earlier ones, in my opinion.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Bonnier Zaffre for an advance copy of The Dirty Dozen, the fifth novel to feature the early career of Jane Tennison at the Met. It’s now 1980 and DS Jane Tennison has just become the first woman to join the renowned Flying Squad on merit she believes until she’s rather brutally told that it’s an experiment and she fitted the bill. She’s hardly in the door, literally, when she’s caught up in the investigation of a violent armed robbery. Determined to prove her w I would like to thank Netgalley and Bonnier Zaffre for an advance copy of The Dirty Dozen, the fifth novel to feature the early career of Jane Tennison at the Met. It’s now 1980 and DS Jane Tennison has just become the first woman to join the renowned Flying Squad on merit she believes until she’s rather brutally told that it’s an experiment and she fitted the bill. She’s hardly in the door, literally, when she’s caught up in the investigation of a violent armed robbery. Determined to prove her worth her tenacious investigating turns up several leads, including possible future robberies. I thoroughly enjoyed The Dirty Dozen which is a well plotted, absorbing read with an interesting, much as it pains me to say it, historical setting. Despite the Flying Squad, or as it more commonly known, Sweeney setting and its members being referred to as the eponymous Dirty Dozen it is not an overly violent novel and the squad seem more interested in detection and surveillance than using violence. It makes for a good read but I’m not sure how historically accurate it is. There is never a dull moment as Jane turns up lead after lead, pushing the narrative forward and holding the reader’s attention. It is interesting to watch it play out without the modern communications (phone boxes? I’m not even sure I remember how they worked) and forensics we are so used to. It is different to see Jane Tennison as a young woman. She is not the objective, hard headed detective she becomes in Prime Suspect. In this fifth novel she is not a raw recruit but she can be impetuous and has the arrogance of youth that makes her think she knows best. Both lead to missteps, which, more maturely, she learns from and her progress is fascinating. I like the idea of putting her in the male dominated, macho and misogynistic atmosphere of the Sweeney, a microcosm of the prevailing attitude of the police force as a whole. I actually think that she got off rather easily with the team, on the whole, accepting her quickly without much hazing. The Dirty Dozen is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Read

    This is the 5th in the series of books charting the career of Prime Suspect's Jane Tennison when she first joined the police. It is April 1980 and Jane has now served 6 years, the last one of which as a Detective Sergeant, no mean feat for a woman in the Met. What is really surprising is that she is the first female office to have just been posted to the Flying Squad, commonly known as "The Sweeney", a section of officers who deal with armed robberies on banks, cash in transit and other business This is the 5th in the series of books charting the career of Prime Suspect's Jane Tennison when she first joined the police. It is April 1980 and Jane has now served 6 years, the last one of which as a Detective Sergeant, no mean feat for a woman in the Met. What is really surprising is that she is the first female office to have just been posted to the Flying Squad, commonly known as "The Sweeney", a section of officers who deal with armed robberies on banks, cash in transit and other business premises. Since a conviction is hard to obtain before or after a robbery, they very often have to catch the criminals in the act. That could be a very dangerous job for a woman and a good reason for not wanting one on the team. Based at Rigg Approach in East London, she believes she got the job on merit until she is firmly put in her place by being told she is part of an experiment to see if a female office would have a calming influence on a group of male detectives who like to dub themselves "The Dirty Dozen" after the film. Despite this and the fact that her presence is clearly unwelcome, she is determined to prove herself and take no flack from the men. During her first day in the new job there is a vicious armed hold up on a Securicor van and she quickly has to adapt and become involved in the investigation, although it annoys her that she is consigned to forensics and office work. When she later gets assigned to what seems a pointless lead, she quickly uncovers a witness to the gang's planning of the raid and possibly a massive future plot too. Will her colleagues take her fears seriously and or will she end up completely out of her depth? The story itself is set over a very short period of time and the investigation is intensive, although it occasionally gets a bit bogged down in procedure, and really only centres on the main story line with a tiny bit of Jane's home life thrown in for good measure. Set in 1980 in the Metropolitan police, any woman officer would have a tough time of it, not least in the Flying Squad where it's all old school macho stuff but for them to behave in any other way would be totally unrealistic. The author does not shy away from this or the less than "pc" way that things were done back then, and it makes a nice change to have a story set in a time where the emphasis is more on intelligence and fact finding than simply forensics. I like the progression of Jane's character through these early stories. Even in her youth she is starting to show dogged detectives skills mixed with the same impulsiveness and determination to do things her way without always thinking and upsetting the "brass". The characters are well drawn and some like Paul Lawrence and Stanley from earlier books make a reappearance. This is a well thought out story, very much a "will they/won't they catch the bad guys" kind of plot. It's possibly not the most exciting story in this series so far but takes us one step further along Jane's career, and leaves threads like the Countryman enquiry open to maybe continued in future books. A great series and worth reading in order to get the best from them. 4.5*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Simona

    The 5th Book in the Tennison series - 1980 Jane is part of the Flying Squad - a good read with detailed attention to early forensics.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janey Bloom

    I wanted to love this book. It had a glowing review from Karin Slaughter and the author is quite prolific so I really thought it would be great. Unfortunately it was not. The author was unnecessarily wordy and included details that were entirely unnecessary (I do not need to know the exact height of every character introduced). To illustrate my point, the book starts as the main character is waking up for her first day of work; that work day does not end until page 162. That’s over 160 pages to I wanted to love this book. It had a glowing review from Karin Slaughter and the author is quite prolific so I really thought it would be great. Unfortunately it was not. The author was unnecessarily wordy and included details that were entirely unnecessary (I do not need to know the exact height of every character introduced). To illustrate my point, the book starts as the main character is waking up for her first day of work; that work day does not end until page 162. That’s over 160 pages to tell us about roughly 14 hours. The amount of detail is tedious and boring and unnecessary and had me skimming and skipping ahead quite a lot.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    This is the fifth in the Tennison series and I found this one quite slow. The plot was bogged down with lots of police procedurals and the plot took quite a while to evolve, other than the opening scene. I do like Jane Tennison as character but this book just didn’t have the same impact or thrill as some of the others in the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Clare

    With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. The Dirty Dozen is the fifth book in the young Jane Tennison series. Jane`s years of hard work had paid off when she joined the elite Flying Squad (The Sweeney) who dealt with armed robberies. Jane`s first day on the job was a true baptism of fire when a Securicor van was robbed on a busy high street. An off duty policeman tried to stop the robbery but he was shot in the stomach. Jane was annoyed as With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. The Dirty Dozen is the fifth book in the young Jane Tennison series. Jane`s years of hard work had paid off when she joined the elite Flying Squad (The Sweeney) who dealt with armed robberies. Jane`s first day on the job was a true baptism of fire when a Securicor van was robbed on a busy high street. An off duty policeman tried to stop the robbery but he was shot in the stomach. Jane was annoyed as she treated as probationary and had to help the forensics officer. After meeting Her new boss DCI Murray, Jane was angry when she found out she was given the job as an experiment. After several officers were arrested for corruption the MET decided a female would be a calming influence. A couple of days later a lady went to the police to say she had heard somebody in a cafe planning a robbery. Jane found out that Emma had gone to the station on behalf of her sister. Rachel had been left death after a road accident, however she was able to lip read. Jane persuaded her boss to allow her to go undercover as a waitress to see if the robbers would appear again. Jane finds herself invited to the wedding of one of the suspects daughters. Will.Jane find herself out of her depth? I like this series about the young Jane Tennison. It was nice that reoccurring characters D'S Stanley from the Dip Squad and D'S Paul Lawrence were in this book. Jane is so headstrong and sometimes acts before thinking. I can't help but wonder if she would of become such a high ranking officer in real life.I think Rachel and Emma were interesting characters and I wished they had played a bigger part. I also would of been interested if the Countryman enquiry had been expanded in the storyline. I thoroughly recommend this series. I can't wait to see what happens next for Jane.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jean Kolinofsky

    Jane Tennison’s career progresses once again in The Dirty Dozen. Assigned to the Flying Squad, she finds herself involved in the investigation of a bank robbery on her first day. The men of this unit are dependent on each other as they chase violent criminals and don’t believe that any woman is capable of succeeding in their world. Even though Jane passed her interviews and has developed an excellent record in her six years with the police, she once again has her doubts when she learns that her Jane Tennison’s career progresses once again in The Dirty Dozen. Assigned to the Flying Squad, she finds herself involved in the investigation of a bank robbery on her first day. The men of this unit are dependent on each other as they chase violent criminals and don’t believe that any woman is capable of succeeding in their world. Even though Jane passed her interviews and has developed an excellent record in her six years with the police, she once again has her doubts when she learns that her assignment to the unit is an experiment. Despite the negative comments and put-downs by members of the squad, she does find support from their forensics member when she makes a number of discoveries and suggestions as they work together. Lynda LaPlante takes the reader into the squad room and out on the streets with the squad, painting a clear picture of the dangers and pressures faced by these officers. Her books covering Tennison’s early career take place during a period when women were fighting to be accepted onto the force. She has proven herself over and over and I look forward to seeing her career progress in the future. I would like to thank BookishFirst for providing this book in exchange for my review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Achour

    "The Dirty Dozen" is really a very good read. At the beginning it was a little bit difficult to engage in the story, but quickly we are gripped and cannot let it down. We go throughout the plot like watching a movie. Even though "The Dirty Dozen" is the fifth novel in the Jane Tennison thriller series, it can be read as a standalone novel. There was a lot of protagonists in the book. All characters were well designed and seemed realistic. Jane Tennison's character is credible and likable. She ha "The Dirty Dozen" is really a very good read. At the beginning it was a little bit difficult to engage in the story, but quickly we are gripped and cannot let it down. We go throughout the plot like watching a movie. Even though "The Dirty Dozen" is the fifth novel in the Jane Tennison thriller series, it can be read as a standalone novel. There was a lot of protagonists in the book. All characters were well designed and seemed realistic. Jane Tennison's character is credible and likable. She has started a new job in the Flying Squad, an elite team of London Police dealing with bank robberies which is entirety composed of men. Jane struggled to prove herself before being accepted by the team. A difficult and dangerous investigation of a bank robbery will be the opportunity for her to show all her talents. I really enjoyed reading this excellent book and I highly recommend it. Read: February, 2020 Source: NetGalley and the Publisher: Bonner Zaffre

  18. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    I received a copy of The Dirty Dozen through BookishFirst in exchange for a fair and honest review. The Dirty Dozen is the latest adventure about our lovely Jane Tennison. It's the fifth novel in a series written by Lynda La Plante, however, like other novels in the series, you can really pick up at any point and follow along as you please. Jane Tennison is a female detective during the 1980s, and it is not an easy road for our leading lady. Not only does she have to face additional struggles I received a copy of The Dirty Dozen through BookishFirst in exchange for a fair and honest review. The Dirty Dozen is the latest adventure about our lovely Jane Tennison. It's the fifth novel in a series written by Lynda La Plante, however, like other novels in the series, you can really pick up at any point and follow along as you please. Jane Tennison is a female detective during the 1980s, and it is not an easy road for our leading lady. Not only does she have to face additional struggles from the public, but she must fight against those on the inside as well. Yet she keeps shouldering on. I should probably remind people; this isn't the Jane Tennison you're used to seeing in her original series. This is a younger, less experience Jane. It's been a blast seeing her before she became the character many of us are so used to reading about. Seeing where and how she gained the skills she did. This novel sees Jane trying to make a go at joining the Flying Squad – those in charge of investigating robberies and the like. She's certainly got the skills for the job, but how will the rest of the team handle this change? If her history is any indication, not well. I love Jane Tennison's series, they do an excellent job of showing what a woman in the field would have gone up against in that time. And of course, Lynda La Plante makes the mysteries that Jane must solve fascinating along the way. It makes for a perfect balance. (view spoiler)[ Warnings: Like the rest of the Jane Tennison series, sexism plays a major part to the underlying plots. There's also racism portrayed in this novel, and a case of accused sexual assault. Additionally, there are the typical crimes you can expect to find in a novel like this one. The Dirty Dozen was exactly what I had hoped it would be – a thrilling mystery full of willful and determined characters. Jane has never been one to pick the easy path in life, and that's part of what makes her story so interesting. I've always loved that Jane's mysteries are set slightly in the past – just enough to set us apart from everything Jane is experiencing. And while sometimes it feels like what she does face is a little extreme...I also can't pretend that it is something that wouldn't have happened. The Dirty Dozen introduces a new crime into the mix; a bank robbery. I'll confess that the whole bank robbery didn't go down as I expected, and I actually love that. Even this simple concept was flipped on its head, turned into something unexpected and thus interesting. Seeing Jane adapt to a new way of investigating, and a new team, was fun and a little bit frustrating. I think the reasons why it was frustrating were probably obvious. It can be tough at times to read a novel where we are given more insight than the main character (we've all wanted to scream at a movie or book before, I'm sure). I will say that I enjoyed seeing the complexity of the surrounding characters. This was another great read from the mind of Lynda La Plante. I can't wait to see what will be next in store for Jane, because I can't even begin to imagine her journey concluding anytime soon (and if I'm wrong, please don't tell me so). (hide spoiler)]

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    It is now 1980 and Jane Tennison has become the first female to be posted to the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad, colloquially known as ‘The Sweeney’. Thrown straight into investigating an armed robbery, Jane is proud of her achievements until she realises that her transfer is part of an experiment to try to tame the male dominated team known as ‘The Dirty Dozen’. Determined to prove her worth, Jane learns that a gang is about to carry out a multi-million pound raid, the only problem being sh It is now 1980 and Jane Tennison has become the first female to be posted to the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad, colloquially known as ‘The Sweeney’. Thrown straight into investigating an armed robbery, Jane is proud of her achievements until she realises that her transfer is part of an experiment to try to tame the male dominated team known as ‘The Dirty Dozen’. Determined to prove her worth, Jane learns that a gang is about to carry out a multi-million pound raid, the only problem being she doesn’t know who they are and where or when the raid will take place… The more this series progresses, the more we see Jane Tennison moving towards the no-nonsense detective we know and love from the Prime Suspect series. Now part of the famous Flying Squad, she is, again, having to fight the rampant sexism that exists in the police force, discovering that her posting is, in fact, part of an experiment. You can feel Jane’s frustration, a detective who deserves to be where she is due to her competence, yet it is still her sex that is dictating her role. In The Dirty Dozen, we see the Flying Squad investigating an armed robbery but Jane is sidelined, tasked with the jobs that her boss deems unimportant. Fortunately for Jane, she grabs the challenge with both hands and, working alongside a fellow officer, Dabs, begins to uncover information that opens up the case. When she is sent on a wild goose chase to interview a potential witness, the whole investigation takes a turn after Jane realises that this information is gold dust. It was good to see Tennison trusting her instincts, refusing to give up even when her superiors displayed a lack of interest – this was definitely the tenacious Prime Suspect detective emerging. Due to its 1980 setting, there is definitely an Ashes to Ashes feel to The Dirty Dozen and I could imagine Gene Hunt ”firing up the Quattro’ at any moment! Some of the vocabulary used in the book, especially to describe people, made me wince, but this is of the time and made me feel glad that this terminology is no longer acceptable. I always enjoy the references to real-life incidents in this series, in this case the Iranian Embassy siege, as it helps to place the book firmly in a particular time. I am still absolutely loving this series and my only concern is that we are nearing the time when DCI Tennison will cross paths with George Marlow, taking us to the start of the Prime Suspect series. This is a series that I hope will continue for a while yet!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    The Dirty Dozen – Can Tennison make it in the Sweeney? Linda La Plante has brought back one of her most famous characters in a prequal, where we really see what made Jane Tennison the ballsy copper we all love. This is a trip back to the early 80s when men were men and did manly things. The police were rozzers, pubs shut in the afternoon and were more than a one room but had vaults! Jane Tennison has become the first ever woman on the Met’s Flying Squad and when she turns up to report for duty, sh The Dirty Dozen – Can Tennison make it in the Sweeney? Linda La Plante has brought back one of her most famous characters in a prequal, where we really see what made Jane Tennison the ballsy copper we all love. This is a trip back to the early 80s when men were men and did manly things. The police were rozzers, pubs shut in the afternoon and were more than a one room but had vaults! Jane Tennison has become the first ever woman on the Met’s Flying Squad and when she turns up to report for duty, she has not even got through the door when she if off on a ‘shout’. An armed robbery that has gone wrong, one person shot, but sounds like they got a way with at least one cash box. Jane is sent off with Dabs to a crash site and a shooting at the police in connection with the robbery. The lads club do not want a woman getting in the way. It does not help that when they get back to the ‘factory’ her new chief makes it clear he does not want a woman on the squad. She knows she is not only fighting crime but fighting the in-built sexism in the force too. Can Jane Tennison prove to her colleagues that she can be an asset to the team, as well as crack open the case. Tennison has to go that extra mile to prove that she is a real copper and not there just to make the numbers up. Lynda La Plante has managed to create classic Tennison and helps to understand her outlook and her toughness in her later career. This really is classic La Plante, and it is so good to have her back.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Loraine Oliver

    This is the first book I have read in this series, but it is totally okay to be read as a stand alone. After reading this book, I am now going back to read all the books in this series! This book happes back in the 1980's, and the heroine, Jane Tennison has just been assigned to an all male group of men known as the dirty dozen. The Metropolitan Police Flying Squad, known as the 'Sweeny', has always been all male and Jane is met with a lot of conflict and chauvinism from these men who feel she w This is the first book I have read in this series, but it is totally okay to be read as a stand alone. After reading this book, I am now going back to read all the books in this series! This book happes back in the 1980's, and the heroine, Jane Tennison has just been assigned to an all male group of men known as the dirty dozen. The Metropolitan Police Flying Squad, known as the 'Sweeny', has always been all male and Jane is met with a lot of conflict and chauvinism from these men who feel she won't be able to handle herself. What is worse is that Jane thought she earned this position but finds out she was not put there from her own merits, but as a tool to try to tame this squad of male chauvinist men. The moment she gets there they are on their way to an armed robbery. Jane finds out that there is going to be a multi million pound raid, but not when or who. Determined to prove her worth, she puts up with all the "unnecessary tasks' she assigned to do but gets her foot in the door with Dabs, her partner of sorts. Jane finds out things that her superior deems nothing but allows Jane to break open the case with her tenacity. The plot is great, I love Jane's character, she is brave, talented and intelligent! She never gives up, and proves her worth! I am excited to read all of these books with Jane Tennison in them, as I am sure this is a great series to read! I gave this book 5 stars and highly recommend it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Arredondo

    Book #5 in author Lynda LaPlante's Tennison series. I have stayed up to date with this series and was excited to get my hands on a copy of the newest. Lynda LaPlante books are excellent mystery books if you are itching for something enticing and thrilling. The Jane Tennison character never disappoints and from book #1 I pictured her completely the type of person that she is and appears to look like. Really fun read. I won't go too deep into describing any part of this story only because the entir Book #5 in author Lynda LaPlante's Tennison series. I have stayed up to date with this series and was excited to get my hands on a copy of the newest. Lynda LaPlante books are excellent mystery books if you are itching for something enticing and thrilling. The Jane Tennison character never disappoints and from book #1 I pictured her completely the type of person that she is and appears to look like. Really fun read. I won't go too deep into describing any part of this story only because the entire series is such an intricate, well thought out, well researched, journey of a woman working her way through the ranks of the Police force. You have to read from the beginning to truly enjoy a fantastic series. Could it be read as a stand-alone? Yes. But why would you want to when this book is just as great as all the others before?! It would be a reading travesty to not read the others...and then dive right into this series. Get the books and then be prepared to not want to get up and do much else for a couple of hours. Highly recommend.

  23. 4 out of 5

    K

    #janetennison #bookishfirst #thedirtydozen What a terrific read! Very British and a bit confusing initially, but The Dirty Dozen is a great thrill ride that I enjoyed to the last page. Jane is a believable character, and I got a real sense of her struggles trying to make it in a male-dominated field. Even the other female in the squadroom doesn't want her in the mix and tries to sabotage her from the get-go. Jane's not perfect, but she's honest and true to herself and her beliefs. I also appreci #janetennison #bookishfirst #thedirtydozen What a terrific read! Very British and a bit confusing initially, but The Dirty Dozen is a great thrill ride that I enjoyed to the last page. Jane is a believable character, and I got a real sense of her struggles trying to make it in a male-dominated field. Even the other female in the squadroom doesn't want her in the mix and tries to sabotage her from the get-go. Jane's not perfect, but she's honest and true to herself and her beliefs. I also appreciated the views we are given into her personal life, with her combative sister, Pam, and wayward brother-in-law. The ending packs a wallop, when Jane goes undercover. I can't wait to read her previous adventures. So well done! P.S. Thanks so much to Bookish First for the advance copy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    marjorie hall-venmore

    # The Dirty Dozen # Netgally Wow wow wow. I have yet to find a book by Lynda LaPlant yet, that I actually do not like. It's absolutely impossible. She is one of the best female writers we have ever had. Her Jane Tennison series are second to none. This one going back. To a time when she put in charge. It's really shows you what was a man's world back then, with no respect. No one thinks she's actually capable. Yet if she gives her team a order they pay no attention to what she says. They all look # The Dirty Dozen # Netgally Wow wow wow. I have yet to find a book by Lynda LaPlant yet, that I actually do not like. It's absolutely impossible. She is one of the best female writers we have ever had. Her Jane Tennison series are second to none. This one going back. To a time when she put in charge. It's really shows you what was a man's world back then, with no respect. No one thinks she's actually capable. Yet if she gives her team a order they pay no attention to what she says. They all look at a lower rank detective for guidence. If he says do it they do. When he tells a colleague what to do they automatically do it. Until challenged one day by jane. She has to Hearn their respect. Not a easy thing to do. Until one day she comes across some information 5hat they have been looking for a long time so when Jane gets it.A grudging respect as been well earned. Some of the offices. Start to to work with her instead against her. Another knockout book by Linda LaPlant

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    I enjoyed this fifth book in the young Jane Tennison series. Jane, who must be in her mid- to late twenties now, has been promoted to Detective Sergeant and assigned to the Flying Squad, also know as the Sweeny. Their specialty is catching big-time bank robbers. When Jane arrives at the office on her first morning, the squad is all leaving, as an armoured car is being robbed. After the event ends with the robbers escaping and an off-duty cop being shot, she assists with the house to house and co I enjoyed this fifth book in the young Jane Tennison series. Jane, who must be in her mid- to late twenties now, has been promoted to Detective Sergeant and assigned to the Flying Squad, also know as the Sweeny. Their specialty is catching big-time bank robbers. When Jane arrives at the office on her first morning, the squad is all leaving, as an armoured car is being robbed. After the event ends with the robbers escaping and an off-duty cop being shot, she assists with the house to house and collecting and labeling evidence. Her new boss is impressed by her thoroughness and clarity in written reports, but tells her she's only there as an "experiment" as she's the first woman ever in the Flying Squad, and he feels she doesn't have the strength to take down a criminal on the run. Jane is frustrated but determined to win his respect. She is assigned to talk to a woman who overheard some men discussing a robbery at a cafe. What she learns from the woman and her twin sister gives the squad a great deal of progress in the case, and the prejudice against her starts to ease up. I really like the character of young Jane Tennison. She has great integrity and respect for her job. I will now read the two in this series that I have missed. Lynda La Plante books are always a treat to read. Many thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gary Van Cott

    This is a really good book. There is quite a bit of "action" and I really enjoyed it. This is a really good book. There is quite a bit of "action" and I really enjoyed it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    I know this might sound weird, but this book made me very happy. I love Jane, and Dabs and Teflon... and I felt so sorry for Carl. A long, but tense and thrilling cop procedural set in 1980.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Beesley

    I read ‘Murder Mile’ a short time ago and found it a brilliant read. This is the next stage for Jane Tennison as she is sent to the Flying Squad, known as ‘The Sweeney’. She is the first woman to be part of this ‘elite’ group and she is made aware of this at every stage. The sexist comments are plentiful but her ability is not in doubt despite some of the squad trying to out-do her. Her fight to be treated as an equal shines through. Transported back to April 1980 with clear concise detail and al I read ‘Murder Mile’ a short time ago and found it a brilliant read. This is the next stage for Jane Tennison as she is sent to the Flying Squad, known as ‘The Sweeney’. She is the first woman to be part of this ‘elite’ group and she is made aware of this at every stage. The sexist comments are plentiful but her ability is not in doubt despite some of the squad trying to out-do her. Her fight to be treated as an equal shines through. Transported back to April 1980 with clear concise detail and all the police procedures brilliantly developed. Her first day sees her involved with finding four men who robbed a bank and subsequently set fire to the get away car. The whole squad know that the ruthless gangs in that part of London view the police as better dead than alive and Jane finds herself with information from a reliable source that a robbery is about to take place. Can she find out where and when? Thank you NetGalley, Bonnier Zaffre and Linda La Plante for my ARC. If you are a fan of ‘Prime Suspect’ then this is a must read. Brilliantly crafted and highly recommended.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sharon S

    Believable, entertaining, powerful, Intriguing. The Dirty Dozen novel centers around the main character Jane Tennison a new squad team member of the Flying Squad Officers. The time period is 1976 and the book does an excellent job providing accurate details pertaining to the environment and mindset of the characters. I love Jane Tennison, she's straight forward, doesn't play games, and is one intelligent strong character. She's immediately met with negative vibes from the group of male officers. Believable, entertaining, powerful, Intriguing. The Dirty Dozen novel centers around the main character Jane Tennison a new squad team member of the Flying Squad Officers. The time period is 1976 and the book does an excellent job providing accurate details pertaining to the environment and mindset of the characters. I love Jane Tennison, she's straight forward, doesn't play games, and is one intelligent strong character. She's immediately met with negative vibes from the group of male officers. Not only is she new but the fact she's joining them is a test in itself. The pace of the novel starts out with a minor crime then builds with interesting police procedure details. I found something fascinating in every chapter, up until the end. The ending is spectacular, and I"m hoping there is another book for Jane Tennison. What a fun read, loved it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan Beamon

    This is a very British police procedural. Set in 1980, our heroine, Jane Tennison, has managed a transfer to the Flying Squad. She has only ever wanted to be a police person and she sees this as promotion based on merit. Actually, like a lot of female advancement in the 80s, it was to see if women actually could do the previously only male job or if her failure could be used to deny other women the opportunity. A side word, if you have read many British police thrillers, you know something about This is a very British police procedural. Set in 1980, our heroine, Jane Tennison, has managed a transfer to the Flying Squad. She has only ever wanted to be a police person and she sees this as promotion based on merit. Actually, like a lot of female advancement in the 80s, it was to see if women actually could do the previously only male job or if her failure could be used to deny other women the opportunity. A side word, if you have read many British police thrillers, you know something about the differences between British and American police structure. In England, armed robberies are investigated by the Flying Squad. They do not investigate other crimes and other police do not investigate armed robberies. The same villain may be implicated in different crimes, and be investigated by different departments of the police. I think a big part of the difference here is the difference in gun culture. Armed robbers will have weapons. Other criminals don't generally use them in the commission of their crimes. Remember, this book is set in 1980. Jane walks into an armed robbery on her first day. Her superiors in the squad don't want her there. They don't believe she's up to the danger and actively hinder her work. Even so, Jane turns up the best descriptions of the robbers. She goes on to develop the best leads and ultimately the evidence needed to send the gang to prison. A little far fetched, maybe, but as part of the successful woman subtext, very impactful. It was fun to return to the time where woman were mostly patted on the head and then ignored. I enjoyed the book.

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