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Cold Shoulder Hardcover – March 26, 1996

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From Publishers Weekly

Admirers of La Plante's Edgar Award- winning TV miniseries, Prime Suspect, and of her earlier crime-thriller fiction (Bella Mafia), will want to give this novel anything but the cold shoulder. After acute alcoholism ruins her career and marriage, former Pasadena, Calif., police lieutenant Lorraine Page winds up as a skid-row prostitute. One day, Lorraine, newly sober, is solicited by a man who then tries to kill her with a hammer; she escapes by biting him on the neck. After she learns that her attacker is probably responsible for a series of hammer murders of back-street hookers, Lorraine determines to bring the serial-killer to justice. As she tracks her quarry, she begins to take strength from her recovery from addiction. Meanwhile, her astute police instincts lead her through L.A.'s netherworld of transsexual prostitution and kiddie porn, propelling her toward the dark secrets of a powerful family. Finely tuned characters, a well-wrought plot and plenty of suspense made this novel a success in England; its appeal should cross the Atlantic with ease. Major ad/promo; film rights sold to Michelle Pfeiffer/20th Century Fox; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Attention, movie fans: Michelle Pfeiffer is slated to star in the film version of this work, due out in 1996. La Plante follows up her EmmyR Award-winning TV mini-series Prime Suspects with the story of Lt. Lorraine Page, a discredited ex-cop-turned-prostitute who winds up in pursuit of a serial killer.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st U.S. ed edition (March 26, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679441034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679441038
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,614,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric McCalla on April 3, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was familiar with Lynda LaPlante from the PBS series, Prime Suspect featuring Helen Mirren as Jane Tennyson. Ms. LaPlante does not disappoint readers with her first American character, Lorraine Page, who supposedly is based on the real-life story of a female LAPD officer. I don't know if that's true, or just publicity to help sell the book, but in any case, COLD SHOULDER is quite realistic.
Lorraine Page is an alcoholic and finds herself leaving on the streets of LA after her husband takes their children away from her. She goes into survival mode as she's fighting her way up from the depths of alcohol and drug addiction. She turns to prostituting herself, when one afternoon she has a quite unexpected run-in with a serial killer she is servicing. Not to give anymore away, but suffice to say her police training and instincts take over and the hunt is on!
The plot is full of twists and turns, the characters are well-written and the ending is gripping. The book is open-ended, so you know a sequel will follow. Overall, the realism is what makes the story work so well. Do yourself a favor and read a really strong female character's story. It's a nice change to see a woman detective who's as strong as any man in a mystery novel!!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Cold Shoulder, Lynda LaPlante takes Lorraine Page down about as low as it is possible to go. Alcoholic, thief, street-bum and occasional prostitute, Lorraine plumbs the depths of humanity after seemingly having it all. She has reached this point after a promising career in the police force, reaching the rank of lieutenant with two bravery commendations, the wife of an up-and-coming lawyer and the mother of two small girls.
While trying to straighten herself out, Lorraine manages to escape from a killer, making her a valuable witness in a serial killer investigation. Because of who she has become, she doesn't come forward to the police, preferring instead to use her almost forgotten police skills to track the man down. With limited resources, money and hold over her alcoholism, an investigation of sorts is conducted.
This is a dark and sometimes depressing book with little hope on the horizon for Lorraine Page. As a protagonist, Lorraine is a hard character to warm to. I think you just have to accept that she's a tough character who will occasionally succumb to her demons. It's these character flaws that make this an interesting story although, at times the going does get a little heavy as we wade through the morass of her life.
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Enjoyed this mystery thoroughly. Not only was the plot well thought out and well written, portrayal of Lorraine Page and her life was realistic, gritty, and left no rock unturned. I didn't find this story depressing, I found it hopeful. I enjoy stories that don't sugarcoat the bad things that happen but also leave the reader hopeful that there are good, smart people who can overcome adversity and catch the bad guys! Her fellow compatriots, Rosie (sweet and optimistic) and Rooney (tough, unperfect cop with a big heart) are interesting as well. This is the kind of book you keep so you can read it again! If you like a good whodonit with realistic characters and an interesting plot, you'll like this book.
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I always enjoy reading Lynda La Plante books. I have read Cold Heart and Cold Blood, which are the 2nd and 3rd of this series, so, I was very glad to read Cold Shoulder to see how it started. I would recommend any of Lynda La Plante books, as they are so well researched and written and get you in.
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By A Customer on September 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"Cold Shoulder" is a very thought provoking book. I started it a few days ago and absolutely hate putting it down. I have about 20 more pages to go and can't wait to get home today to finish it. I have sympathy for Lorraine and cannot imagine being in her situation, yet, I know there are women who have to resort to prostitution to survive (if you can call that surviving). Every now and then I need to read a book like this because it makes me appreciate my life as well as rethink through my problems. I don't have any compared to Lorraine. Also, being somewhat familiar with alcoholism since it runs in my family helps me to understand how truly devastating a person can become because of it. It is a tough fight. Great book!
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i've only seen one of the PRIME SUSPECT mini-series on PBS (PS #1) and only read one novelization (PS #3), so i came to la plante as a near novice. COLD SHOULDER is an amazing police thriller for people who enjoy character-driven storylines. for much of the book, the mystery takes a backseat to the spychological explorations of the main character--30-something lorraine page. seldom have i encountered a more fascinating and multi-dimensional character as page. at 452-pages, this is a tremendously readable page-turner that i couldnt put down. i carried it everywhere for more than a week. and i can't wait to spread the word to friends looking for the new patricia cornwell.
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I love the Anna Travis series and had high hopes for Lorraine Page - I was sorely disappointed. Overwrought, under-researched, completely improbable and way too long. If you want to read great present-day stories about LA cops stick to Robert Crais and Michael Connelly.
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