Prime Suspect 2 A Face in the Crowd by Lynda La Plante

 

Prime Suspect 2

Let me begin by saying that I liked Prime Suspect 2: A Face in the Crowd much better than Prime Suspect I.  However, some of the issues I had with the first book are still there.

The good:  the storyline.  This storyline was even better than the first.  A body of a young, black, female is found buried under a concrete slab in the backyard of a house.  The investigation has to determine who was living in the house when the slabs were poured.  Once they determine that, it still isn’t as easy as it seems, with several characters possibly being involved in different ways.  A good solid mystery.  At times, I could not put the book down.  

The bad:  the characters and the “issue” that La Plante seems to chose for each book.  In Prime Suspect 1, the majority of the characters were horrible male chauvinist.  I mean really horrible:  saying and doing things that you would not expect at all in any kind of professional setting.  The issue for this book appears to be racism.  Again, horrible characters saying and doing horrible things.

“I’m not your brother, I’m a police officer,” Oswalde said solid.  The guy was trying to play the black power card, and wasn’t having any.  Burkin would just love that, all dem black folks jess one big happy family crap.

A sheer criminal waste of poll tax, in Burkin’s view, most of which had been coughed up by white people to give the jungle bunnies somewhere to hang out all day, amusing themselves at the taxpayers’ expense.

I only stayed on because that big darkie wanted me out so badly. 

Every few pages, it seemed that some character was making a racist statement.  Perhaps I am a purist, but I want my mysteries to be mysteries, not a political commentary.   She has covered chauvinism in book 1 and racism in book 2, I am hoping that 3 has no “ism” and is just a good solid mystery.

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Comments

  1. says

    Yeah it does sound odd to try to weave political commentary into what is supposed to be a fun mystery read. Unnecessary.

  2. says

    Hi Pam, I watched the TV version –but it didn’t make it for long and was cancelled. I liked the main character (female) in the TV version (haven’t read the books) –but I did NOT like the male chauvinist men that she worked with. The problem for me with the TV show was their choice of characters–and the storyline in general.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

  3. says

    It’s one thing when the “ism” is a part of the story because it’s in a character’s personality, but it’s quite another when the book is that infused with the “ism”. Too bad the author detracted from an otherwise good story.