The Real Prime Suspect By Jackie Malton

The Real Prime Suspect By Jackie Malton


Jackie Malton was a no-nonsense girl from Leicestershire who joined the police force in the 1970s when women were kept apart from the men. Feisty and determined, Jackie worked in CID and the famous flying squad before rising to become one of only three female detective chief inspectors in the Metropolitan Police. In The Real Prime Suspect, Malton describes the struggles she faced as a gay woman in the Metropolitan Police, where sexism and homophobia were rife.

Jackie dealt with rapists, wife beaters, murderers, blackmailers and armed robbers but it was tackling the corruption in her own station that proved the most challenging. Ostracised and harassed by fellow officers furious that she reported the illegality of some colleagues, Malton used alcohol to curb her anxiety.

A chance meeting with writer Lynda La Plante five years later changed the course of her life. Together they worked on shaping Jane Tennison, one of TV’s most famous police characters, in the ground-breaking series Prime Suspect. Not long after, Malton recovered from alcoholism and now works as an AA volunteer in prison and as a TV consultant.

Jackie has spent her life working in crime. Now she’s ready to share her story.

My Thoughts:

I do love a nitty gritty memoir that involves subjects I wouldn’t necessarily know about. We follow Jackie as she makes her way into the world of policing, it was interesting to go back to the 70’s and see what life was like there for a woman police officer. I found this an interesting read working my way through Jackie’s life and all the different jobs she did felt like an honour to go behind the scenes and see some very eye opening things. There were parts of this story that were funny but other parts really shocked me, I feel as though I have a better understanding for certain things I had no clue about before. This book has definitely taught me things and I am grateful for Jackie writing this book.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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