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Cold Shoulder (Lorraine Page #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  980 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
The chilling tale of a down-on-her-luck LAPD cop -- and the serial killer who could save her career...
Paperback, 464 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Jove (first published 1994)
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Ria
Sep 17, 2010 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant, never read this author before, this was a holiday buy.
Was so enjoyable i want to collect the rest of her work.
A well crafted storyline with so many unexpected twists and turns it kept me guessing right up until the last page.
Well worth reading if you like fast paced thrillers and serial killers.
Steve
Oct 11, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I found this book difficult to get through. It was well-written, and absorbing, but the content was quite confronting. I thought the main character had hit bottom, and then went even further. The book built up nicely, with a bunch of twists, some expected, some unexpected. The climax was a little disappointing, but it turns out it wasn't the major climax, which snuck up on me. The resolution was a little rushed, but I suspect it leads into the next book in the series. I am not certain if I will ...more
Sridhar Babu
Author..
Lynda La Plante..
Characters..
Lorraine Page, Rosie Hurst, Bill Rooney, Brad Thorburn, Steven Janklow, Art Matthews, Norman Hastings, Didi, Holly, Nula ..
location ..
Los Angeles..
Genre..
Suspense..

PLOT..
Eight Girls, all prostitutes from different areas and a male named Norman Hastings were killed by a nightmare serial killer. All had been killed by hammer blows to the back of the head and suffered severe facial injuries. Their bodies left in a trunk of a stolen vehicle. No witnesses. Ea
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Reader50
Aug 24, 2012 Reader50 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
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Mary
Feb 17, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read, although if she had not gotten off the alcohol when she did I would have stopped reading. The mail character, Lorraine Page was a Police Officer, a lieutenant actually, and she kills a young boy who is running away from her and he was not armed, she was drunk at the time. She was a hard character to get to like, but Lynda LaPlante gets the job done. Lorraine gets involved in a series of murders, and proceeds to "investigate" on her own. Lots of twists and turns and interesting charact ...more
Maxine  (Booklover Catlady)
This one did not excite, thrill or interest the reader as much as many of her other books do. I am a big fan of La Plante, some of her books have been superbly written crime thrillers that keeps you holding on for more....not so with this one. The plot just seemed to take forever to even begin to have the slightest bit of momentum, then just when you think it's picking up it drops back a gear or two.

The female protagonist is the saving grace of the book, Lorraine Page - her character was gritty
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Connie
Mar 20, 2016 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is #1 in a Lorraine Page mystery.

I loved this book even though it dealt with a tough subject for me. Alcoholism is a very serious disease and he can make you do a lot of bad things and things you might not remember and Lorraine is an alcoholic in this book. It shows her at her worst and how she tries to get back on track. I felt that it was pretty true to form as alcoholism goes. I am not sure that the police would have been as understanding and let her do some of things she was allowed to
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Emma
May 27, 2014 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
The first Linda La Plante book I have read based in the U.S. and for the most part I enjoyed it. It was a little slow at times and some of the situations I found a bit implausible but overall good.
Simone Davies
Tolerable throw-away genre read. If you're expecting the excellence of Prime Suspect TV series, disappointment awaits
Tammi Ashbee
This book wasn't as good as her other but still enjoyable all the same
Michelle
Used to love Lynda La Plante......but you know how it is.....we move on, change styles.
A friend gave me this one ....to see me through some recuperation .... and I have only been reading light stuff lately anyway.....so gave this one a whirl.

Well.... I didn't enjoy it that much....found it a little annoying....found the main character to be unlikable and a user......but there is a reason. La Plante certainly has the genre down pat....and she is good at it.....but, yes.... I have moved on.
LJ
COLD SHOULDER (Unl. Inv-Lorraine Page-So. Cal-Cont) - Okay
LaPlante, Lynda


From Publishers Weekly: After acute alcoholism ruins her career and marriage, former Pasadena, Calif., police lieutenant Lorraine Page winds up as a skid-row prostitute. One day, Lorraine, newly sober, is solicited by a man who then tries to kill her with a hammer; she escapes by biting him on the neck. After she learns that her attacker is probably responsible for a series of hammer murders of back-street hookers, Lorraine
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Ingrid
Apr 09, 2016 Ingrid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this on holiday and would only ever really recommend this as a trashy holiday read. The plot is quite gripping and I like the idea that two ex alcoholic middle aged women could solve a case more effectively than the police. Yet the novel has to many unbelievable twists and turns and the attitude to trans / homosexual characters seemed quite outdated.
Booknblues
Feb 07, 2016 Booknblues rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, california
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Chris Porter
Aug 03, 2014 Chris Porter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rarely do I read a book when I cannot put it down. This is the type of book that gets you into trouble, chores late getting done, late leaving, sneaking another page... I cannot stress enough how good this book is. Class book, class character, class author.
Ayeasha LovesBooks
Since this is the first book in the trilogy, I love the plot in the story but it was slow pace. I would not picking up the other two because the writing style is a bit messy. As it keep jumping from one character to the other and I keep wondering what happened to the character I was just reading. I was not happy with that
Dianne
Sep 18, 2015 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very different background to Lynda La Plante's usual stories, but well written. The main character is an alcoholic struggling to maintain sobriety and shows great understanding of that stuggle.
Ayny
I enjoyed this book, first in a series of three. I read the last of this previoussly and other Lynda LaPlante books as well. And I can say I like her novels set in the UK better. The raw and frank approach to the terrors of alcoholism was dealt with in a realist manner, and showed vulnerability and courage.
For me, there are too many Britishism in this series that sometimes make me forget what country they are in! LA California is a huge city, yet they seemed to get around very quickly. The expr
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Jo Hayes
Feb 02, 2014 Jo Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part of a trilogy. From the minute I started reading this I couldn't stop. You really feel for Lorraine Page and how her life starts to self destruct. Keeps you interested throughout all three books.
Debra Morris
I had a really hard time getting into this. At times I thought things were overexplained. I did find the main character compelling however.
Brigitte Launay
Aug 05, 2016 Brigitte Launay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I really enjoyed this it, liked the characters, and easy to read. I will definitely look for more books from this author
Rach
Dec 25, 2015 Rach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the only thing annoying about this book is that it took me so long to get around to reading it
Jess
Mar 14, 2015 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read, but I didn't find it as gripping as the Anna Travis books (also by La Plante).
Reggie Marie B.
Sep 18, 2014 Reggie Marie B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mike
May 14, 2015 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lynda-la-plante
Having enjoyed the nine other books I have read by this author I found this one too slow.
zenbren
Jun 01, 2014 zenbren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Highly enjoyable with a few interesting twists along the way.
Rjasbra
Jun 28, 2015 Rjasbra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly interesting story that is intelligently written.
Julia
Feb 10, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot twists keep coming to the very end of the book.
Kate
Apr 19, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There has never been a primer example of "hitting the skids" than the fate suffered by this book's protagonist. Beautifully written, although there are several little clues that, although it's supposed to take place in the US and all of the characters are American, the author is British; "notes" instead of "bills" (money) and "in hospital" instead of "in the hospital" as well as "turned round" as opposed to "turned around." These are all minor little things and do nothing to detract from the boo ...more
Ilze
Dec 21, 2008 Ilze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We meet Lorraine Page, a remarkable woman in the sense that she overcomes a major drinking problem and basically pulls herself out of the gutter. Page has an amazing nose for solving problems and in spite of having lost her job at the police force (the consequence of alcohol abuse), it's her thinking that brings the criminals to book ... but will she really come off having shot an "innocent" teenager so lightly?

The answer to this question can be found in Cold Heart.
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Lynda La Plante (born Lynda Titchmarsh) is a British author, screenwriter, and erstwhile actress (her performances in Rentaghost and other programmes were under her stage name of Lynda Marchal), best known for writing the Prime Suspect television crime series.

Her first TV series as a scriptwriter was the six part robbery series Widows, in 1983, in which the widows of four armed robbers carry out a
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