Blood Line: An Anna Travis Novel

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Still reeling from the death of her fiancé, Detective Anna Travis has thrown herself into her new role as the chief inspector for London's murder squad. When Scotland Yard's missing persons bureau is unable to locate the son of a court employee, the superintendent—James Langton, Anna's former lover turned sometimes friend—urges her to take on the suspicious assignment.

But is this new investigation purely a missing persons case—or a full-blown murder inquiry? An ominous pool of ...

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Overview

Still reeling from the death of her fiancé, Detective Anna Travis has thrown herself into her new role as the chief inspector for London's murder squad. When Scotland Yard's missing persons bureau is unable to locate the son of a court employee, the superintendent—James Langton, Anna's former lover turned sometimes friend—urges her to take on the suspicious assignment.

But is this new investigation purely a missing persons case—or a full-blown murder inquiry? An ominous pool of blood with no locatable victim leads Anna on a desperate hunt for a man who has disappeared without a trace. With no body, and increasing pressure to make an arrest, Anna becomes obsessed with the smallest details of the case. Now, one man has vanished, a killer may be loose on the streets, and, as Langton looks on, Anna Travis may be losing control of the investigation—and of herself.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
La Plante’s well-crafted seventh Anna Travis novel (after 2011’s Blood Fury) finds the London detective chief inspector looking into a missing person case. Evidence of a pool of blood is discovered directly under the bed of 26-year-old car mechanic Alan Rawlins, who lived with his attractive fiancé, Tina Brooks, but there’s no body and no identifiable DNA. Travis and her team must investigate Rawlins’s character and context in lieu of anything more concrete. As they dig deeper, the image of the hardworking, straitlaced Rawlins is replaced by one of a hard-living gay surfer. Several credible suspects emerge, and, in a nice twist, the identity of the victim comes into question. A lively plot and a number of satisfying revelations offset the leisurely denouement. La Plante’s habit of revealing a little too much about earlier cases or books may frustrate readers who are joining the series late. Agent: Gill Coleridge, Rogers, Coleridge & White. (Sept.)
Booklist
“It contains some nice twists, and the character of Travis continues to evolve and grow in complexity.”
Sunday Telegraph
“Fun, fearsome and fiercely independent.”
Karin Slaughter
“Lynda La Plante practically invented the thriller.”
Sunday Telegraph
"Fun, fearsome and fiercely independent."
Karin Slaughter
"Lynda La Plante practically invented the thriller."
Booklist
"It contains some nice twists, and the character of Travis continues to evolve and grow in complexity."
Library Journal
The bestselling series is up to number seven (after Blind Fury). Now DCI, Anna tenaciously pursues a missing persons case. For all fans of the "Prime Suspect" television series, also La Plante's creation.
Kirkus Reviews
A seemingly run-of-the-mill missing persons investigation evolves into something more complicated in this installment of La Plante's Anna Travis series. An attractive London DCI, Anna Travis still reels from her boyfriend's murder, prompting her former lover and supervisor to second-guess the handling of a suspicious missing persons case. Alan Rawlins' father, an employee of the court system, has pulled strings to force the police to cast a wider net while searching for the absent mechanic. Initially skeptical of whether or not Rawlins was, indeed, missing or simply vanished of his own volition, Travis resents being ordered to expand the investigation but after a while, comes to suspect that the likable young man is the victim of foul play. It doesn't help that his girlfriend, Tina Brooks, comes across as unconcerned that her live-in boyfriend may be dead or that Travis is saddled with a gay partner she doesn't much like. Soon, the missing persons case turns into much more, and Travis and her team find themselves digging into an underworld of drugs and deception. La Plante intends for Travis to come across as a crack investigator, but falls far short. Instead, Travis is short and unpleasant to her subordinates, lacking in criminal insight, ignorant of the laws she is supposed to enforce, and she knows little about the investigative process. La Plante also pads the story by repeating the steps the investigators have taken in the case over and over, even though nothing new emerges from the reexamination. In addition, the plot twists come across as artificial and contrived, with cartoonish characterization. As a protagonist, Travis is bumbling and mean-spirited. The novel lacks suspense, making it a far cry from those featuring Jane Tennison, the female DCI from her Prime Suspect series. Plodding and dull, this thriller probably won't appeal to even the most die-hard La Plante fan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062134325
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Series: Anna Travis Series , #7
  • Pages: 467
  • Sales rank: 422,337
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynda La Plante's novels, including the Prime Suspect novels, have all been international bestsellers. She is an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and a member of the UK Crime Writers Awards Hall of Fame. She runs her own television production company, and lives in London and Easthampton, New York.

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  • Posted February 27, 2013

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    No one who knew 26-year-old Alan Rawlins - - family, family, co-

    No one who knew 26-year-old Alan Rawlins - - family, family, co-workers - could say anything about him other than that he was somewhat shy, never got into confrontations, and was the quintessential ‘nice guy.’ But he has apparently been missing for nearly eight weeks when his father, an usher at the Old Bailey, comes into the Hounslow police station, where he asks to see DCI Anna Travis. He tells her of his conviction that his son has been murdered, as he was very close to his family, and there has been no contact at all for this period of time. Anna is urged by her friend and former lover, DCS James Langton, to pursue the case as a murder investigation, knowing it would be only her second case since her promotion to DCI, and the first category A murder inquiry she will handle solo. He does so knowing she is still recovering from the murder of her fiancée nearly a year ago, and as the ensuing investigation proceeds he watches over it, and her, very closely.

    The problem with the case, as immediately becomes apparent, is that search as they might, no body can be found, although forensic evidence indicates definitively that there was some violence in the apartment he shared for some time with Tina, the woman who claims they were planning to be married. Tina adamantly denies knowledge of anything untoward, claiming she had not seen him nor heard from him from the day on which he asked her to pick him up at his job two months prior as he had a severe migraine, from which he periodically suffered, and when she returned to the apartment later that day, there was no sign of him, nor of anything amiss in the apartment. When the police cannot positively identify the blood as belonging to Rawlins, the investigation is stymied. Secrets and lies abound.

    This title is among several recently brought out in the US by Bourbon Street Books, the authors including many which are favorites of mystery lovers, among them four by Dorothy L. Sayers. Few authors can top Ms. LaPlante when it comes to police procedurals, having written, among her fourteen novels, the much-loved Prime Suspect series, and created the wonderful TV series based on those books which, in its British incarnation, starred Helen Mirren [with a shorter run in its US version].

    “Blood Line” is a terrific example of the police procedural at its best, and it is recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Quite the lengt

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    Quite the lengthy police investigative drama, I liked it, but there are a few things I would have edited a little more. A book in the series by Lynda La Plante that centers around Anna Travis, an Inspector in London; this is one of those series where there is a story running throughout but the books are also entities of their own.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2013

    Recommended

    A good read. If you like British mysteries this is for you. Eileen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Surprisingly poorly written

    Given this writer's rep, I expected substantially better. Tedious, plodding prose, an unlikeable protagonist, and an uninteresting case made this book hard for me to slog through to the end. I read for pleasure, and found none in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

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    Too drawn out and overlong. Didn't really care if they took their coffee black or with cream or how many digestive biscuits they ate...could have enjoyed a good story much more without the fussy details.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

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    I read my first Lynda La Plante books earlier this year when I d

    I read my first Lynda La Plante books earlier this year when I devoured the first three books in the Prime Suspect series featuring Jane Tennison. At the end of that review I made a note to check out her other series featuring Detective Anna Travis.

    And I'm glad I did! I picked up Blood Line - the latest - released by Harper Collins's new crime imprint - Bourbon Street Books.

    Anna is the new Chief Inspector for London's murder squad. Watching closely over her shoulder is her boss - and former lover - Superintendent James Langton. Anna is still dealing with the death of her fiancee and Langton is not sure she is up to the job. He gives her a missing persons case to follow up on - not a murder. Alan Rawlins has been not been seen for eight weeks. His father is pushing for an investigation, but his live in girlfriend doesn't seem too concerned. No one has a bad word to say about Alan, but there's something just 'off' about the whole situation. As Anna grows more determined to prove Langton wrong about her abilities, she starts to question her own investigative instincts.

    Anna reminds me of the Jane Tennison character. Both are strong but flawed characters trying to prove themselves in their chosen profession. They're emotionally wounded, but driven to achieve results. La Plante combines her mystery with excellent character building. The supporting cast members are all just as interesting and not all of them are 'pretty'. The personal and professional tension between Anna and Langton continues to build, with the door left open for this story to continue in future books.

    I enjoy British mysteries for the pacing - a lot of them are slower and much more procedural bound, instead of rushing in with guns blazing. I feel like we're right with Anna as she puzzles through the case. And La Plante has penned an excellent plot. I had my suspicions numerous times throughout the book, but until the last few chapters I was never really one hundred percent sure 'whodunit'.

    An excellent read for me. LaPlante is now firmly on my 'must read' mystery/thriller list.

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