Cold Heart Paperback – 1 Nov 2010
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LaPlante's television scripts--Widows and Prime Suspect--satisfactorily combine thriller plots with some intelligent brooding on the problems of women in middle age; her private eye trilogy is to that extent pretty much what one would expect from her. In the third installment, Los Angeles detective Lorraine Page has entirely recovered from the alcoholism that forced her out of the police department, and even finds love. She is hired to investigate the death of porn mogul Harry for his third wife, the most likely suspect, and finds a trail of blackmail and art fraud.
Following the money will only get her so far--Lorraine has also to understand the emotional maelstrom which Harry created around him; there are less rational motives than money. LaPlante sets herself a difficult problem of balance--Lorraine's struggle with her demons and with chickens that persist in coming home to roost, is only tangentially relevant to her work. Indeed, as Lorraine becomes less driven, she gradually loses interest in detection altogether--which may be sane, but is not what we want to hear. LaPlante's stretching of the thriller form may not be always successful--the digressions meander too far-- but it is always interesting. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Movie mogul Harry Nathans lonely death in a Beverly Hills swimming pool is the beginning of a trial of lust and conspiracy leading to the darkest corners of the international art world. Private investigator Lorraine Page faces her toughest fight ever as she takes on the case for fading starlet Cindy Nathan, Harrys third wife. Lorraine believes the grieving widows story. Unlike her ex-colleagues in the police department who have already charged Cindy with murder 'Lorraine Page, officer, wife and mother, is as tough as they come' Sunday Telegraph 'Lynda la Plante once again shows her brilliance' Daily Express 'Terrifyingly gripping . . . don't read it late at night' Daily Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Without reveiling the plot, I can say little more about the contents. However, I can say this: this book robbed me of a good nights sleep, I just couldn't put it down. It made me smile seeing Lorraine Page's cautious attempts at gaining the happiness she craves so much and had me crying towards the end (and I don't easily cry over books). In short: I loved it.
The phone finally rings at Page Investigations beginning this new adventure into the world of movie producing, pornography, art theft and a possible love interest for Lorraine. The appearance of Jake Burton, as the new chief of detectives, will add some spice to the series not only in the police department but in Lorraine's apartment as well. As she tries to find out who really killed Harry Nathan, all the supporting characters in Harry's world begin to die as well. As his estate travels from one ex-wife to the other, Lorraine will also travel to the Hamptons and New Mexico in an effort to tie all the loose ends together.
While Lorraine is out of town, many things will be going on behind the scenes back home in LA. Rooney and Rosie have returned from their honeymoon and come up with some startling evidence that might bring Lorraine's past demons back to the forefront endangering her life.
Cold Heart is definitely a perfect title for this book as my heart was cold as I read and cried through the last few pages. I have only one thing to say to the author - How Could You?
I have read all three in order and they have been excellent. Usual Lynda La Plante high quality and excellence in writing and story telling.
Pity about the ending. That was sad. Have loved the series.
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Without spoiling the story, this is a very emotional end to a fantastic trilogy. It's been a long time since I shed a tear over a book. A triumph Ms La Plante, thank you.Published 3 months ago by Julie Hodgson