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Blood Line (Anna Travis Series, 7) Paperback – October 23, 2012
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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.
- Publisher : Harper Paperbacks; Original edition (October 23, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 467 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062134329
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062134325
- Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #470,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At the man father’s perseverance, and her superior, DCI Langton’s arm-twisting, she and her team get involved in the case. At first, nothing looks suspicious. But after not too long, evidence is discovered that something fishy was going on in the subject’s apartment, he shared with her soon-to-be-married live-in girlfriend.
Slowly, Travis discovers that the semi-saint is far to be one, almost everyone she talks to is lying or has something to hide and it becomes obvious that she is dealing with a murder, without a body or conclusive evidence even knowing who the victim is.
This is Travis’ first case of murder riding solo as DCI. So, she must succeed or else she would be relegated to a desk job which is not her lifetime objective. In addition, her failure, in a male-dominated, authoritarian organization would be construed as the failure of all females in a high-level job.
To increase the pressure on her are her rabbi, DCI Langton’s meddling in the case, frictions in her team because of bigotry and prejudice and the constant lying of her key witness/suspect. But Anna’s tenacity, good instincts, and interviewing skills save the day.
I have yet to read a book, authored by Lynda La Plante in which she is not at the top of her game. Or for that matter, everybody else’s game. "Blood Line" is no exception.
It is a chilling narrative - a narrative which uncovers layer after layer of lies, false identity, misrepresentation and deceit.
I find the ‘police procedurals’ of Ms. La Plante to be fascinating - lessons in patience and investigative research.
The characters and background information are interesting to read about. Alan Rawlins is a shadowy figure - Who is he, really? How did this MisPers (Missing Persons) case come to demand so much interest?
This is a highly recommended series.
It was an interesting premise as there was never a body to identify until one was found late in the book.
I enjoyed the book and was surprised by the ending. If you enjoy following clues regarding crime scenes I would definitely recommend this book.
Langston's character was not one of my favorite people in the book.
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Lots of apostrophe mistakes, mostly in that they were missed altogether, especially repeatedly when ladies' or gents' toilets were mentioned. Then random spaces were plonked into words and never spotted by an editing process-like ear ns/passpor ts/fabr ics.
Then lost speechmarks and capital letters and specks was suddenly spelt as specs. There was catalyzes spelled the American way for some reason as well.
A couple of times things were stated as if to assume they'd been mentioned already and I ended up scrolling back in vain because there weren't prior mentions. So that was confusing.
In the story itself, which was good despite being overshadowed for me, I felt for Alan's dad, the man searching for his son. It was a shame how things were working out for him.
I really like this series so intend to stick with it and hope the next instalment isn't put out as carelessly for the Kindle as this one has been. I don't think I've seen this one as a TV drama yet. I always watch those, too. So I do look forward to that.
Overall yet another cracking book by Lynda La Plante
Under Anna Travis's character, we see a tenacious foreboding woman with a desire to please her superior and prove to him she's no ones pushover. Since the death of her former fiancé, will the investigation push her too far? Read on to find out.