The Real Prime Suspect

The Real Prime Suspect

By Jackie Malton



HIGHLY COMMENDED FOR BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE TRUE CRIME AWARDS 2023 *** 'Jaw-dropping.' -Val McDermid 'Pacy, witty... 4*' - The Telegraph 'A terrific read!' -Baroness Helena Kennedy QC 'Unputdownable. Searingly honest, shocking and funny.' -Barbara Machin, creator and showrunner, Waking the Dead 'A police memoir like no other.' -Kerry Daynes, bestselling author of What Lies Buried and The Dark Side of the Mind When Jackie Malton joined the police force in 1970, male recruits were given a truncheon and female recruits were given a handbag. At every step, she fought sexism and homophobia on top of the rapists, murderers, and armed robbers she tackled in the streets. And when she was harassed by her own colleagues for reporting bent coppers, Jackie was thrown into a shame and isolation that she tried to dim with alcohol. At the height of her success, as she became one of only three female detective chief inspectors in the Met, and as a chance meeting with the writer Lynda La Plante catapulted her into the world of TV, Jackie was battling her own demons harder than ever before. In this thrilling and revealing memoir, meet the real woman behind the iconic character Jane Tennison -- every bit as tenacious, determined, and fearless, with an extraordinary story to tell. 'The story of a pioneer, a determined police officer who used her talent as a force for good. If it were not for women like Jackie, policing today would be very different.' -Colin Sutton, author of the Manhunt series 'A fascinating account of Jackie Malton's remarkable career as a police officer, and how she used that experience to bring a new kind of authenticity to Prime Suspect and many other TV crime dramas and documentaries.' -Neil McKay, TV writer and producer, Appropriate Adult 'Compelling, enlightening and totally gripping.' -Angela Marsons, author of the DI Kim Stone series

ISBN: 9781913068974


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