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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849832668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849832663
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Movie mogul Harry Nathan’s 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, Harry’s third wife. Lorraine believes the grieving widow’s 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.

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Third in the "Cold..." serial, this book yet again had me enjoying the ingenious twist and turns of the plot. The murder of the not so likable Harry Nathan causes a trail of deaths, while ghosts from Lorraine Page's past come back to haunt her. Having just installed herself in her new office, home and life, Lorraine Page gets hired by Harry's widow Cindy to prove her innocence. Discovering more and more about the secret life of Harry, she ends up being hired by his former lawyer to look into some of the financial issues connected to the will as well. And though this will be her last case, her detective instinct is there till the bitter end and will not let her close shop until she's solved the complete puzzle.
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.
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A good and necessary part of La Plante's American trilogy. None of them are the greatest books I've ever read but they're darn good just the same. Possibly to be avoided if your La Plante absolutely has to take place in the UK.
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I've read all three Lorraine Page books and cannot recommend them enough!! I won't go into too much detail but the author has totally broke my heart with this last book. I kind of wish I'd never read it now. All I will say is read the first two books before you even attempt this one! Well done to the author. A truly thrilling series of books. Feel like Ive lived Lorraine's life and now I'm a little lost.
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I've so enjoyed the first two books in this series, Cold Shoulder and Cold Blood, that it was actually exciting for me to begin this one in the hopes that Lorraine Page is still on the right track towards putting her life back together. When Cold Blood ended, Lorraine and her partners had just received a million dollar bonus for solving their last case. This installment begins with Lorraine spending some of that money getting new office digs, a new car, some new clothes and waiting for the phone to ring in her private investigation agency. Her assistant Rosie has been replaced by Decker since Rosie and Rooney are still honeymooning in Europe. Fans of this series were delighted when Rosie found love in Cold Blood - how ironic.
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?
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OK don't get me wrong, it *is* a good book. I *did* loose at least a nights sleep reading it BUt there is something missing. I have loved all the first two and the third one is good but there is a definate missing piece of the puzzle that makes this one less enjoyable as the other two of the series are.
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This is another of Lynda La Plantes books that I have enjoyed, it is a book that starts off really well but then half way through seems to go stale and, (Dare I say) boring, But I will put it down for a while and get back to it and read it again, and hope it will improve with age. But Lynda can do no wrong in my eyes, she rocks
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This is the 3rd and last book (as far as I am aware) in the Lorraine Page series.

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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Very good, but you should read the other two first as this is the third book with all these characters.
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