12-14 Sept 2024, State Library of NSW



Lynda La Plante, bestselling novelist and award-winning scriptwriter of so many gripping TV crime series, is in conversation with Sue Turnbull about Vanished, her latest Detective Jack Warr thriller and her sensational career.

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In the next gripping Detective Jack Warr thriller, an eccentric widow claims she is being stalked by her former lodger. Detective Jack Warr is the only person who believes her wild claims. Days later, she is found brutally murdered in her home.

When the investigation uncovers an international drugs operation on the widow’s property, the case grows even more complex. To find answers, Jack must decide how far is he willing to go – and what he is willing to risk – in his search for justice.

Lynda La Plante

Lynda La Plante CBE is not only the author of nearly forty novels, all of which have been bestsellers but the script writer of iconic crime TV series Widows, Prime Suspect, Tenison, Above Suspicion and more. She trained for the stage at RADA and worked with the National Theatre before becoming a television actress. She then turned to writing – and made her breakthrough with the phenomenally successful TV series Widows.

She has won numerous awards and was awarded a CBE for services to Literature, Drama and Charity as well as being the first lay person to be awarded an honorary fellowship to the Forensic Science Society. In 2020 she launched the acclaimed Listening to the Dead podcast with former CSI Cass Sutherland, exploring forensic science and its
impact on solving crimes.

Sue Turnbull

Sue Turnbull, the queen of Australian crime reviewers, has been writing about crime fiction for The Sydney Morning Herald and the Age for over twenty years. She is a crime fiction judge for the Ned Kelly Awards, the Davitt Awards and is an Ambassador for Sisters in Crime Australia. Her academic publications include The TV Crime Drama (Edinburgh University Press 2014) and Media Audiences (Palgrave Macmillan 2020). She is the Chair of the Board of BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival and Senior Professor of Communication and Media at the University of Wollongong.

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