Silent Scream

An Anna Travis Mystery

Silent Scream

Film star Amanda Delany has the world at her feet. Never one for the quiet life, she has had a string of affairs with the hottest actors around. Then, coming home late from a night shoot, Amanda puts the key in her front door for the very last time. The next morning, Amanda’s body is found, stabbed many times, only her beautiful face left unharmed.


DI Anna Travis is ordered to the team assigned to the Delany murder, headed by Anna’s former lover, the demanding DCI James Langton. Anna is shocked by the truth behind Amanda’s public image: her addictions to drugs and starvation diets; her cold, unemotional parents; her elusive film agent; and the former lovers so quick to distance themselves. But Anna has challenges of her own to overcome too. Promotion to Chief Inspector is within her grasp, but when the time comes for her to stand before the board, she faces a shocking accusation of personal misconduct.


With insider authenticity derived from La Plante’s years in the film world and a heroine worthy of her predecessor, Prime Suspect’s Jane Tennison, Silent Scream is La Plante’s best yet.
  • Touchstone | 
  • 432 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439139288 | 
  • July 2010
List Price $21.00


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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Silent Scream includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Lynda La Plante. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.



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Silent Scream

Beautiful young film star Amanda Delany is the next big thing in Britain, until she is found murdered in her posh London home. Up for promotion, Detective Anna Travis intends to prove her worth by solving the case of the beloved ingénue. But the deeply troubled Amanda, known for promiscuity with her co-stars, drug use, and anorexia, has left behind a messy trail of suspects, including famous ex-boyfriends, jealous roommates, a fraudulent agent, and ice-cold parents—all of whom stand to lose everything from the actress’ upcoming tell-all memoir. As she immerses herself in the star’s sordid affairs, Anna must overcome her past misconduct—and gain the approval of her critical boss and ex-lover James Langton—to solve the high-profile case that could make or break her career.


For Discussion

1. Langton says that Anna Travis needs more experience before she can get promoted. Which of Anna’s traits mak see more

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About the Author

Lynda La Plante
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Lynda La Plante

Lynda La Plante was born in Liverpool. She trained for the stage at RADA and worked with the National Theatre and RSC 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, British Broadcasting and the Royal Television Society as well as the 1993 Edgar Allan Poe Award.
Lynda La Plante was made an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and was given the BAFTA Dennis Potter Award in 2000. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2008 and was inaugurated into the Crime Thriller Writers’ Hall of Fame in 2009.
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Twitter: @LaPlanteLynda