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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330347691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330347693
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suspicion and fear surround the mysterious disappearance of a movie star's daughter. The race to claim the reward for finding Anna Louise Caley - dead or alive - spirals into a deadly, voodoo trail in the French quarter of New Orleans. In her desperation to succeed in this, her first case as a private detective, ex-Lieutenant Lorraine Page is caught in a web of deceit and violence that threatens to drag her back into the murky world she has fought so hard to escape. Continuing the investigation means risking everything. But the million dollar bonus is one hell of an incentive not to back off a case that could kill her - or give her the future and the professional respect she craves. 'Lorraine Page, officer, wife and mother, is as tough as they come' Sunday Telegraph 'Lynda la Plante once again shows her brilliance' Daily Express --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lynda La Plante bestowed John Moores University with a creative writing scholarship in her hometown of Liverpool and is an honorary member of the British Film Institute. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has also awarded Lynda with the Dennis Potter Writers Award. She was awarded a CBE in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours List (for services to Literature, Drama and to Charity), and was presented with the prestigious TV Spielfilm Award for her television adaptation of her novel Above Suspicion at the International Film and Television Festival Conference in Cologne. In 2009 Lynda was inducted into the Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame . Her novels have all been international bestsellers.

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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By TheReader23 on 20 Oct. 2002
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When I read Cold Shoulder, the first book in this series, I immediately felt a connection to the main character, Lorraine Page. She's nothing like I am - as a matter of fact, she's quite different but she seems like someone I would like. As she struggles through her daily routine, trying to put her life back in order, she manages to capture the reader's heart in such a way that we will defend her to her dying day. In Cold Shoulder, she was actually given the "cold shoulder" by all those who knew and loved her. When her partner is killed on duty, she begins a downward spiral causing her to lose her job as a policewoman, lose her husband, lose her kids, resort to drugs and alcohol for some relief from her nightmares and basically give up living. It's not until she meets "Rosie", an AA member, that her life will finally get the help it needs to go on.
Cold Blood now finds Lorraine starting her own private investigation agency with Rosie as her partner. Their coupling is so very needed by both of them. Rosie will keep Lorraine on track and Lorraine will provide a much needed source for Rosie to mother. In this episode, Lorraine will travel from LA to New Orleans as she tries to find the missing teenage daughter of a wealthy California couple. She will be joined by Rosie, as well as Bill Rooney, a retired police captain, and Nick Bartello, another old friend of Bill's from the police department. The foursome has a great incentive...a million-dollar bonus if they can find 18-year-old Anna Louise Caley dead or alive.
This book is a fun romp through New Orleans in the midst of Mardi Gras. As usual, Lorraine is overbearingly persistent in tracking down all the clues that will hopefully lead to some closure for the girl's parents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Jones #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Aug. 2011
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This is the second book in a series of three, which include the first book, Cold Shoulder and the third, Cold Heart. Don't worry if you haven't read the first book, La Plante adds enough hooks into the story so that you understand Lorraine and what has gone on before.

On the face of it, Lorraine Page is an unlikely heroine. She is an ex cop who has been sacked from her job due to her battle with alcoholism. She has also lost her husband and children and you would think that she would become an embittered person. Not so. Lorraine is determined to put her life back together and with the help of her friend Rosie, she forms an investigative agency. Lorraine is one of the best at what she does but unfortunately because of her past, few jobs come her way and the agency's future looks in peril.

Just in the nick of time she is asked to investigate a case involving the disappearance of the 18 year old daughter of a has been movie star. Even better, she is offered a $1 million bonus if she finds Anna Louise - whether alive or dead.

As Lorraine investigates she is drawn into the lives of Anna's parents and finds herself in a world surrounded by drugs, psychics, violence and Voodoo. Her search eventually takes her to New Orleans and the Mardi Gras where we are treated to some insightful descriptions of what life is like in the seedy world behind the glamour of the carnival.

The story is full of twists and turns, you think you know who the main suspect is many times, but believe me, you will probably be wrong.

If you enjoy crime books with suspense, intrigue, plausible plots and well defined characters then you will love this one.
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By DENISE BAXENDALE on 7 Jun. 2014
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very good read, a bit unbelievable when it comes to everyone falling in love with Lorraine, but overall a good follow on to cold shoulder.
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By Nolan on 4 May 2014
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A very good read keeping interest throughout woul recommend to others and will be looking to read the follow up
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By AP Black on 17 April 2014
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Expected more from this. Overlong and not well developed. Poor implausible characters no real procedure no evidence of decent research. I suspect written because the publishers wanted something. The most interesting character was the dog.
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By Amazon Customer on 5 April 2014
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I downloaded this as a holiday read and because I've not read any Lynda La Plante books before. I enjoyed it. It wasn't too heavy or involved and the characters quickly took shape. The plot was intriguing and kept me guessing until the very end. Overall it was enjoyable and I'll probably buy the follow up which I believe is 'Cold Heart'. Only gripe - the grammatical Americanisms which crept into the book, such as 'gotten', 'snuk' etc. Even though the book was set in America I like to read English especially from an English author.
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By scotland on 24 Mar. 2014
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Always enjoy its series of books can't put them down ideal holiday reading by the pool and chance to be totally engrossed.
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By Abuella1 on 4 Mar. 2014
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A great follow up to the first one. Once again, i couldnt out it down. A great series. How many more?
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