BACKLASH is the second Lynda La Plante novel I’ve read starring Detective Chief Inspector Anna Travis. The Travis series extends to nine novels of which BACKLASH is the eighth, and I could definitely see these making a fine collection for the aficionado of the police procedural.
The book, almost 500 pages in length, takes on the story of one Henry Oates, a man arrested for driving erratically. When the cops look in his van, they are surprised and mortified to find a young woman, raped, murdered, and wrapped in black plastic bin liners. The author then takes us, grueling step-by-step, through the methods used by police to not only confirm that Oates killed this woman, but that he has been a serial killer, connecting him to body after body of missing persons.