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Royal Heist


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Lynda La Plante is the renowned author and creator of Prime Suspect. She also wrote the teleplay for Bella Mafia, the miniseries based on her novel of the same name. Her scriptwriting has won an Emmy Award, several BAFTA awards, and the Edgar Allan Poe Writer's Award. She is the author of numerous successful thrillers, including Cold Shoulder, Cold Blood, and Cold Heart.


La Plante (Prime Suspect, etc.) heads for Ascot in this involving heist novel about a British champion racehorse owner who decides to steal the Crown Jewels after losing his fortune in an Internet scam. Son of a London bookie, husband of a Swedish beauty and owner of an enviable stable of horses, Edward de Jersey is also the retired mastermind of one of Britain's most famous unsolved robberies, a man who would rather die than give up his life of privilege. Step by step, he plans, prepares and executes a modern version of the Great Train Robbery, overcoming computerized security systems and penetrating royal protocol. De Jersey brutally dispenses enemies and boldly protects friends on both sides of the Atlantic, but it is his team of accomplices that makes this classic crime caper a compelling read, among them Pamela, the ex-con television actress; Lord Westbrook, the disgraced palace equerry; and Marsh, the computer whiz turned crook. La Plante's knowledge of the sport of kings, her sense of irony in human relationships and her deceptively cool narrative style allow her to visit familiar crime fiction territory with aplomb. She does not create the equal of her Masterpiece Theatre detective Jane Tennison, but she weaves an intricate story of crime and character that starts off slowly and then keeps the reader guessing as it gallops to a photo finish. Agent, Esther Newberg. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

La Plante's latest thriller takes the reader into the glitzy world of Ascot-level horse racing and international crime to heart-pounding effect. Edward de Jersey is the son of a bookie made very, very good. His great wealth has allowed him to build one of the largest racing stables in Britain and finally acquire a horse capable of winning the Derby. All of Edward's hopes come crashing down when he learns that he's lost everything in a dot-com investment gone bad. Determined to maintain his lifestyle at any cost, Edward has only one option: return to the criminal life he once knew and plot the biggest theft in history. With the help of new and former associates, he meticulously maps out a plan to steal the Crown Jewels. The very real suspense lies in whether Edward will be able to pull off this one last caper and survive disaster. And readers will root for this very complex antihero and his band of criminals. Best known for her Prime Suspect television series, La Plante has once again created an unforgettable protagonist and supporting cast of characters. Recommended for all popular fiction collections.-Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Royal Heist

"Featuring great wealth, thoroughbred racehorses, a cosmopolitan setting, and beautiful women with incredibly big jewels . . . Royal Heist is, however, several cuts above its glossy brethren, thanks to a remarkable protagonist named Edward de Jersey (think Pierce Brosnan). . . . La Plante's opulent opus offers readers a chance to identify with a charismatic hero who romps with the super-rich."

"Four stars! Lynda LaPlante's latest is a real diamond. . . . What makes the novel is the intricate plotting as de Jersey sets out to achieve the impossible. [She] keeps you on the edge till the very end."
-The Daily Express (London) "The creator of Prime Suspect pulls it off with her usual edgy pace and solid characterisation. A backdrop of horse-racing loaded with toffs adds glamour."
-The Daily Mirror (London)

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