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IS THE BLOOD "COLD" ON THIS CASE?
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.