Blind Fury (Anna Travis Series #6)

Blind Fury (Anna Travis Series #6)

by Lynda La Plante

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When the body of a young woman is discovered close to a highway service station, Detective Inspector Anna Travis is brought on to the team of investigators by her former lover and boss, Detective Chief Superintendent Langton. As more evidence is uncovered, the team realizes that they are contending with a triple murder investigation—and no suspect.

But then a murderer Anna helped arrest years ago makes contact from prison. Cameron Welsh insists that he can help track down the killer, but he will divulge his secrets only to Anna herself. Does he really have an insight into another criminal’s mind, or is he merely intent on getting into hers?

The team soon realizes that they are dealing with a killer whose deviousness has enabled him to commit horrific crimes, yet remain undetected for years. As the case draws to a close, Welsh’s obsession for Anna fuels a terrifying rage that will have disastrous consequences for Anna, who finds herself staring into the face of a desperate personal tragedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439139318
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Series: Anna Travis Series , #6
Edition description: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lynda La Plante's fourteen novels, including the Prime Suspect series, 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 was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2008. She runs her own television production company and lives in London and Easthampton, New York. Visit her website at

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MurderMysteryMayhem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Blind Fury, a British police procedural - cold cases, dead ends, bad relationships and a serial killer.A young women is found dead near a rest station on the M1, near London, and Inspector Anna Travis' case comes to a halt when the team are unable to identify the victim. The only thing Anna does know is that this murder appears to match the deaths of three other women found along that stretch of highway. Can these cold cases provide the clues to solve this murder? A lot of leg work and investigation of the cold case files slowly brings Anna closer to identifying her victim but not fast enough for her superiors and the press.DCI Langton, anxious to close the case, forces Travis to face a killer she's convicted on his home turf - the security block at Barfield prison. Cameron Welsh has finished a child psychology degree while inside and claims to be able to get into the mind of the killer. He should know, he is one. Travis is convinced that these trips provide nothing but sadistic pleasure to Welsh but as the visits turn personal much more may be at stake.
MissMermaid118 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
oooooo! I had fun with this book! When I received an offer to review Lynda LaPlante's BLIND FURY, I didn't initially jump at the chance. I wasn't familiar with the author's work (or so I thought!) and BLIND FURY is the sixth novel in the Anna Travis series (not a problem at all!). But it is the season for reading thrillers, and I do love British fiction, so . . . First I took a closer look at the author and discovered that she wrote the original Prime Suspect series (famously produced by Granada Television and starring the incomparable Dame Helen Mirran) as well as several other bestsellers. That was enough for me -- I LOVE the Prime Suspect series. It wouldn't be the first time I've plunged into the middle of a series, and I think that if a series novel is really good, it won't matter if you've read the previous titles.As it turns out, BLIND FURY is one of the best thriller/police procedurals I've ever read. The characters are complex and interesting; the suspense is non-stop. But what really ranks it as a cut above the competition, is that I came away a bit more knowledgeable about British history. I generally consider the thriller genre to be a guilty pleasure -- as much as I love to indulge, I don't usually feel intellectually nourished. When I want a mystery with some substance, I turn to the likes of Peter Robinson or James Lee Burke. While LaPlante's book isn't so philosophically loaded, it did shine a light on an aspect of Bristish society and history of which I was unaware; specifically, the immigration of Poles during the period of WWII. (Sychronistically, stories of Polish immigrants are central to two other books currently on my nightstand -- 22 BRITANNIA ROAD by Amanda Hodgkinson and THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU by Rosie Alison. Isn't the world a funny place?!) In the case of BLIND FURY, Detective Inspector Anna Travis must consult with a convicted serial killer to determine who is responsible for a string of murders in which several of the victims are young Polish women. Oh, wait a minute! Our heroine has to rely on help from a convicted serial killer? Hasn't that already been done? Sure, but not like this. Although the actions of the murderous Cameron Welsh result in this being a pivotal novel in the series, he's no Hannibal Lector, so readers shouldn't assume that they've met this character before.Bottom line? I loved this book. I was completely engaged throughout -- 512 pages flew through my fingers. I like the flawed and damaged heroine, Anna Travis. I'm glad I can backtrack through the series and watch her make her way up through the ranks; and I'm really glad that the seventh book in the series, BLOODLINE, was recently released in the UK so I can find out where she's going!
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DianaH-Maine More than 1 year ago
BLIND FURY by Lynda La Plante is Book 6 in her Anna Travis Mysteries series. It is an excellent ‘police procedural’ mystery - full of suspense, character studies, plot twists and turns. It feels as if one is actually working on the case in the incident room. It is that realistic. The ending stunned me. I can’t even process it or write about it yet. The series is highly recommended.
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love-2-readDH More than 1 year ago
I love the entire series. I got so hooked I devoured them one right after the other. A TV series is highly recommended.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
An unknown female corpse is found at a gas station off the M1. The victim was raped before being murdered. Detective Inspector Anna Travis and her unit lead the investigation that appears to have been committed by the same predator that raped and murdered another unidentified woman and prostitute Margaret Potts. Vile killer Cameron Welsh, who Anna put away years ago, sends her a note insisting he can help her solve the apparent serial killer case. She doubts he has anything useful to offer and prefers not to visit this odious beast; but Anna decides to see what the imprisoned predator has to offer as the investigation is going nowhere including the inability to identify the dead. Meanwhile her former lover Detective Chief Superintendent James Langton takes charge of the complex inquiry. The latest Anna Travis British police procedural (see Silent Scream and Deadly Intent) is an excellent investigative tale, but not for readers who prefer story lines faster than the speed of light. Instead Blind Fury provides an incredibly detailed and profound methodical whodunit. Travis holds the investigation together as the prime focus of the plot; fans will recognize she has matured professionally to the point where she leads, but her personal life remains shaky at best as she makes poor choices. Harriet Klausner