Blood Line - Lynda La Plante
Released October 23, 2012
Lynda La Plante
Bourbon Street Books
Detective Anna Travis struggles to move past her boyfriend's murder. Emotional breakdowns occur without warning, and that can make it hard to focus on her latest case. A court employee's son disappears and he's convinced his son has been murdered. Anna wants Missing Persons to handle the case, but her supervisor, James Langton, urges her to investigate. When a bleached section of carpeting is found under furniture, Anna starts to fear the worst. Finding the body doesn't seem possible, so it's going to take steadfast detecting to unravel the truth.
Blood Line is the first Anna Travis novel I've read, and I think not having read prior books reduced some of the impact I could have felt. I found myself wondering what exactly happened with Anna's boyfriend, and none of it was really summed up other than knowing he'd been murdered.
That aside, I was stunned with the opening. The detail and passion in that first chapter blew me away. As you become witness to a brutal beating, you can almost feel the blows; they're that detailed. That hooked me, even if I wasn't always certain how the relationships between characters were formed. There seems to be a connection between Anna and James, but it seems pretty limited for now. I suppose it's being built slowly over time. I'll have to keep reading to find out.