Good Friday by Lynda la Plante


Good Friday by Lynda la Plante

23rd March 2022.

Jane Tennison is leaving the London underground when she spots a rucksack, left against a wall. When she calls out to the man who left it, he runs. Moments later, a bomb explodes. This is 1970s London and the IRA bombing campaign.

Tennison is soon caught up in the investigation and finds herself the main witness who can identify the bomber. Only it’s not that simple, as this twisting, always riveting, story shows. Tennison is a gutsy, determined detective, but she’s a woman among many men, most of whom believe she should type up reports.

She soon shows them that’s not the case as the tension, drama and excitement build when a second bombing is feared and the race to find to find the bomb begins. It’s a tense, emotional thriller, delivered with finesse.


During 1974 and 1975 the IRA subjected London to a terrifying bombing campaign. In one day alone, they planted seven bombs at locations across central London. Some were defused – some were not.

Jane Tennison is now a fully-fledged detective. On the way to court one morning, Jane passes through Covent Garden Underground station and is caught up in a bomb blast that leaves several people dead, and many horribly injured. Jane is a key witness, but is adamant that she can’t identify the bomber. When a photograph appears in the newspapers, showing Jane assisting the injured at the scene, it puts her and her family at risk from IRA retaliation.

‘Good Friday’ is the eagerly awaited date of the annual formal CID dinner, due to take place at St Ermin’s Hotel. Hundreds of detectives and their wives will be there. It’s the perfect target. As Jane arrives for the evening, she realises that she recognises the parking attendant as the bomber from Covent Garden. Can she convince her senior officers in time, or will another bomb destroy London’s entire detective force?

Good Friday by Lynda la Plante

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