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Against all the odds, Dolly Rawlins and her gangland widows managed the impossible: a heist their husbands had failed to pull off – at the cost of their lives.

But though they may be in the money, they’re far from easy street.

Shocked by her husband’s betrayal, Dolly discovers Harry Rawlins isn’t dead. He knows where the four women are and he wants them to pay. And he doesn’t just mean getting his hands on the money.

The women can’t keep running. They have to get Harry out of their lives for good. But can they outwit a criminal mastermind who won’t hesitate to kill?

Especially when one of them has a plan of her own…to kill or be killed.


“Classic… As conversations about equality and intimacy in Hollywood and the workplace finally become commonplace, the reissue seems particularly timely and relevant. It’s good, dark fun: a feminist noir lovechild of Thelma and Louise and The Godfather.” (Kirkus)

“A dynamite premise and ample plot twists.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

This thriller provides more than enough thrills and plot twists to satisfy any crime novel enthusiast.” (Library Journal)

“Here, La Plante displays the seminal roots of her police procedurals with a plot as intricately calibrated as a Swiss watch carried forward by a group of full-bodied characters.  This time the crime caper is a daring, elaborate heist story that explores friendships, betrayals, and revenge.” (The Strand Magazine)


Lynda La Plante was born in Liverpool. She trained for the stage at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked with the National Theatre and Radio Drama Company before becoming a television actress. She then turned to writing – and made her breakthrough with the phenomenally successful TV series Widows. Her novels have all been international bestsellers.

Her original script for the much-acclaimed Prime Suspect won awards from BAFTA, Emmys, British Broadcasting and Royal Television Society as well as the 1993 Edgar Allan Poe Writer’s Award. Lynda has written and produced over 170 hours of international television. Tennison was adapted for TV and was broadcast on PBS in 2017. Lynda is one of only three screenwriters to have been made honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and was awarded the BAFTA Dennis Potter Writer’s Award in 2000. In 2008, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Literature, Drama and Charity. She is a member of The Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame and is the only lay person to be made a fellow of The Forensic Science Society.

To learn more about Lynda, and her body of work, please visit her website.