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on 20 October 2002
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. Although the reader hopes and prays that the girl will be found alive, her blood just might be "cold" by the time they find her.
I'm just about ready to pick up the next book in the series - Cold Heart - and am looking forward to following Lorraine around again and making sure she stays away from the bottle.
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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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on 5 February 2014
The second book in the series following Lorraine Page
The book is well written and keeps you guessing through out as to what is going to happen and where its going to lead,and will the Page PI keep going or fold before it really started
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on 3 June 2016
Unputdownable! Enjoyed the first book so much Cold Shoulder I immediately downloaded this book. Have just downloaded the third book Cold Heart........
Happy reading
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on 23 May 2014
Wonderful book,just been introduced to Lynda la Plant , will be reading more. Fantastic story line and characters and easy to read.
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on 14 March 2014
If you have not read any Lynda La Plante it is time you started! You never want to put it down, as usual a great book.
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on 8 January 2014
If you are nervous then don't read it at bed time. It will chill your blood even on a hot day
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on 26 January 2014
The plot had a sprinkling of ms. Patty Hearst to begin with; but it soon turned to more 'unnatural' fundamental issues like 'jealousness' and envy?? Good plot with colourful cast and location it would seem??
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on 22 February 2015
book arrived within two days of order.near new condition.a very good buy.
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on 12 October 2014
My wife loves them, especially the main character and the ease of read.
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