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“Well-crafted. . . . Several credible suspects emerge, and, in a nice twist, the identity of the victim comes into question. A lively plot and a number of satisfying revelations. . . .” (Publishers Weekly)

“It contains some nice twists, and the character of Travis continues to evolve and grow in complexity.” (Booklist)

“Fun, fearsome and fiercely independent.” (Sunday Telegraph)

“Lynda La Plante practically invented the thriller.” (Karin Slaughter, author of Fallen and Broken)

““Well-crafted. . . . A lively plot and a number of satisfying revelations. . . .” (Publishers Weekly)

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Still reeling from the death of her fiancé, Detective Anna Travis has thrown herself into her new role as the chief inspector for London's murder squad. When Scotland Yard's missing persons bureau is unable to locate the son of a court employee, the superintendent—James Langton, Anna's former lover turned sometimes friend—urges her to take on the suspicious assignment.

But is this new investigation purely a missing persons case—or a full-blown murder inquiry? An ominous pool of blood with no locatable victim leads Anna on a desperate hunt for a man who has disappeared without a trace. With no body, and increasing pressure to make an arrest, Anna becomes obsessed with the smallest details of the case. Now, one man has vanished, a killer may be loose on the streets, and, as Langton looks on, Anna Travis may be losing control of the investigation—and of herself.

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Product Details

  • Series: Anna Travis Series (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 467 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Original edition (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062134329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062134325
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lynda La Plante's novels, including the Prime Suspect novels, have all been international bestsellers. She is an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and a member of the UK Crime Writers Awards Hall of Fame. She runs her own television production company, and lives in London and Easthampton, New York.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin Martin VINE VOICE on November 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a good old-fashioned police procedural of the British kind Blood Line: An Anna Travis Novel (Anna Travis Mysteries) is the book for you. Pure and perfect escapism with a great plot full of sketchy (and downright scary) characters and possibilities.

Our heroine, DCI Travis, is recovering after the murder of her fiancé and trying to prove that she's ready to handle herself in homicide investigations. Thrown a lemon she definitely makes lemonade, although of the pink variety, as she delves deeper and deeper into a case that is a lot more complicated than the surface would have it appear. DCI Travis is a likeable and believable character as are those throughout the book.

Ms. La Plante can write and entertaining page-turner. This kept me reading and reading and reading just so I could get to whodunit and howdunit and a bit bereft when it was all over. Great for holiday reading when you need to get away from it all in a way that doesn't involve ... you know ... holidays.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read my first Lynda La Plante books earlier this year when I devoured the first three books in the Prime Suspect series featuring Jane Tennison. At the end of that review I made a note to check out her other series featuring Detective Anna Travis.

And I'm glad I did! I picked up Blood Line - the latest - released by Harper Collins's new crime imprint - Bourbon Street Books.

Anna is the new Chief Inspector for London's murder squad. Watching closely over her shoulder is her boss - and former lover - Superintendent James Langton. Anna is still dealing with the death of her fiancee and Langton is not sure she is up to the job. He gives her a missing persons case to follow up on - not a murder. Alan Rawlins has been not been seen for eight weeks. His father is pushing for an investigation, but his live in girlfriend doesn't seem too concerned. No one has a bad word to say about Alan, but there's something just 'off' about the whole situation. As Anna grows more determined to prove Langton wrong about her abilities, she starts to question her own investigative instincts.

Anna reminds me of the Jane Tennison character. Both are strong but flawed characters trying to prove themselves in their chosen profession. They're emotionally wounded, but driven to achieve results. La Plante combines her mystery with excellent character building. The supporting cast members are all just as interesting and not all of them are 'pretty'. The personal and professional tension between Anna and Langton continues to build, with the door left open for this story to continue in future books.

I enjoy British mysteries for the pacing - a lot of them are slower and much more procedural bound, instead of rushing in with guns blazing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Feit VINE VOICE on February 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
No one who knew 26-year-old Alan Rawlins - - family, family, co-workers - could say anything about him other than that he was somewhat shy, never got into confrontations, and was the quintessential `nice guy.' But he has apparently been missing for nearly eight weeks when his father, an usher at the Old Bailey, comes into the Hounslow police station, where he asks to see DCI Anna Travis. He tells her of his conviction that his son has been murdered, as he was very close to his family, and there has been no contact at all for this period of time. Anna is urged by her friend and former lover, DCS James Langton, to pursue the case as a murder investigation, knowing it would be only her second case since her promotion to DCI, and the first category A murder inquiry she will handle solo. He does so knowing she is still recovering from the murder of her fiancée nearly a year ago, and as the ensuing investigation proceeds he watches over it, and her, very closely.

The problem with the case, as immediately becomes apparent, is that search as they might, no body can be found, although forensic evidence indicates definitively that there was some violence in the apartment he shared for some time with Tina, the woman who claims they were planning to be married. Tina adamantly denies knowledge of anything untoward, claiming she had not seen him nor heard from him from the day on which he asked her to pick him up at his job two months prior as he had a severe migraine, from which he periodically suffered, and when she returned to the apartment later that day, there was no sign of him, nor of anything amiss in the apartment. When the police cannot positively identify the blood as belonging to Rawlins, the investigation is stymied. Secrets and lies abound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JoMama on December 15, 2014
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While I was riveted by all of the other Anna Travis books, this one was an incredible disappointment. Not much happens throughout most of this slow moving novel, and by the time the actual crime is resolved, I stopped caring. Further, the interaction between Langton and Travis is so subdued, it is almost non-existent. Their relationship is electric, and La Plante needs to return that fragile relationship to the foreground. I do hope that "Wrongful Death," which I have already pre-ordered, is up to the author's former high standards.
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