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The Real Prime Suspect

By: Jackie Malton,Hélène Mulholland - contributor
Narrated by: Joan Walker
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Summary

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 groundbreaking 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.

©2022 Jackie Malton and Hélène Mulholland (P)2022 Endeavour

Critic reviews

"Jackie Malton lifts the lid on the jaw-dropping day-to-day realities that have faced women cops." (Val McDermid)

"Jackie Malton was one of the women who blazed a trail in the very macho world of policing. She was indeed the real Prime Suspect, viewed with suspicion because of her gender and her sexuality and, while it took its toll, she stood out, proud and independent. She gave policing a good name. A terrific read!" (Baroness Helena Kennedy QC)

"Unputdownable. A uniquely personal journey through recent decades of policing. Searingly honest, shocking and funny." (Barbara Machin, creator and showrunner, Waking the Dead)

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Just amazing

Fantastic inspirational true story from a strong and inspiring lady thank you for the reminder that I am enough

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A thought provoking recollection of a woman in the police force.

The story starts in the early 70's exploring the misogynistic world of women in policing. It is well written, cohesive and well narrated. Very enjoyable

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excellent writing - a powerful story.

loved it. the writing was excellent and Jackie Malton's story was authentic and powerful.

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great

This book is a must....it tells the story brilliantly of a women in a man's world in the workplace. it also touches on the gifts of sobriety and how the ripple effect of AA happens

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Wonderful book!

I loved this book. I'd watched Jackie on television so I knew a bit about her, but my goodness, what a life she's had. I found it very engrossing and Is recommend anyone to read it.

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History of Policing an Ethnographic journey

I loved the evidence of first person discourse as one who experienced the time of female characters that were supposed to be subservient to men. Indeed Wlly Rushton in his film 'Educating Rita' as the fight for rights to learn a different song unlike compliance in the pub. This as a person ex forces is understood by me as to the problems Jackie Malton faced in the post war genre of male counterparts who has power and control from before the 60's. I recommend it to all who share values of self enlightenment against the odds of patriarchy. MSc. Not Mrs or Ms, or Miss.

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Fascinating

Everything about this book worked. From the narrator to the detailed life experiences of Jackie and her honest and relatable service with the police and struggles with her own inner demons. Highly recommended