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by Lynda LaPlante
Simon & Schuster, September 2008
641 pages
17.99 GBP
ISBN: 0743295749

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DI Anna Travis is no longer romantically involved with Chief Superintendent James Langton. In order to make a complete break and get Langton out of her system, she even sells her flat, the home where he had spent so much time with her. As Anna returns to work, after she‛s moved, though not completely unpacked, she is sent to a murder scene, a place that has obviously been used as a site for drug deals. The corpse provides a nasty shock for the investigators: he is a former Detective Inspector, Frank Brandon.

Brandon had been working as a chauffeur. He also had a new wife, one who quickly proves to be of interest to Travis as Julia Brandon used to be the partner of Alexander Fitzpatrick, aka Anthony Collingwood, a big-time drug trafficker, supposedly exiled from England but actually the man for whom Brandon was working as driver.

Soon bodies are dropping in rapid succession and a drug called Fentanyl is implicated .

Lynda La Plante has the talent to create good, strong characters. All of those featuring in this novel are plausible although I felt Langton could have made more of an impression on Anna‛s emotions. But Anna‛s growing awareness of her shortcomings as a team player makes her a more credible character even if a lot of her success is founded exactly there.

As always with this author, the mystery is well plotted. She has deftly tied together both the official and the personal lives of the players and manufactured a thoroughly believable whole.

I look forward to the next time Travis and Langton jointly tackle another slew of baddies.

Reviewed by Denise Pickles, October 2008

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