Blood Line: An Anna Travis Novel

Blood Line: An Anna Travis Novel

by Lynda La Plante


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Award-winning and international bestselling author Lynda La Plante brings back her popular series character, London Detective Chief Inspector Anna Travis of the Murder Squad, to work a seventh case in Blood Line. La Plante, who bestselling crime fiction author Karin Slaughter (Blindsided) says “practically invented the thriller,” is best known for her Prime Suspect novels, the basis for the wildly popular BBC series starring Helen Mirren and a recent U.S. incarnation featuring Maria Bello. In Blood Line, Anna takes on a high profile missing person investigation which might well develop into the hunt for a murderer, especially when a pool of blood is discovered but no body. Crime fiction fans who appreciate a good cop and a good murder—especially Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell, Elizabeth George, Peter Robinson, and Val McDermid readers—will be eagerly following the trail of evidence every step of the way.

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ISBN-13: 9780062134325
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Series: Anna Travis Series , #7
Pages: 467
Sales rank: 821,830
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lynda La Plante's novels, including the Prime Suspect series, have all been international bestsellers. She is an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and a recipient of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Dennis Potter Writers Award. Awarded a CBE, she is a member of the UK Crime Writers Awards Hall of Fame. She lives in London.

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“Lynda La Plante practically invented the thriller.”

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Blood Line: An Anna Travis Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
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.
DianaH-Maine More than 1 year ago
BLOODLINE by Lynda La Plante is Book #7 of the Anna Travis Mysteries series. It is a chilling narrative - a narrative which uncovers layer after layer of lies, false identity, misrepresentation and deceit. I find the ‘police procedurals’ of Ms. La Plante to be fascinating - lessons in patience and investigative research. The characters and background information are interesting to read about. Alan Rawlins is a shadowy figure - Who is he, really? How did this MisPers (Missing Persons) case come to demand so much interest? This is a highly recommended series.
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ehj13 More than 1 year ago
A good read. If you like British mysteries this is for you. Eileen
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Twink More than 1 year ago
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.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago