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Cold Shoulder (Lorraine Page #1)

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Lorraine Page is a down-on-her-luck ex-LAPD cop, recruited against her will to hunt for a serial killer. Cold Shoulder is the story of a young woman who has everything: a devoted husband, two beautiful daughters, and a successful career as a lieutenant with the Pasadena Homicide Squad. But when her partner is shot and dies in her arms, Lorraine's life starts to unravel. Th ...more
Hardcover, 415 pages
Published October 20th 1998 by Random House (first published 1994)
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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.
Oct 11, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
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
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Aug 18, 2015 Sridhar Babu rated it liked it
Lynda La Plante..
Lorraine Page, Rosie Hurst, Bill Rooney, Brad Thorburn, Steven Janklow, Art Matthews, Norman Hastings, Didi, Holly, Nula ..
location ..
Los Angeles..

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
Aug 24, 2012 Reader50 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
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Feb 17, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
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
Mar 20, 2016 Connie rated it it was amazing
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
May 27, 2014 Emma rated it liked it
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
Oct 11, 2010 Simone Davies rated it it was ok
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
Used to love Lynda La Plante......but you know how it is.....we move on, change styles.
A friend gave me this one see me through some recuperation .... and I have only been reading light stuff lately 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.
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
Apr 09, 2016 Ingrid rated it liked it
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.
Feb 07, 2016 Booknblues rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, california
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Chris Porter
Aug 03, 2014 Chris Porter rated it it was amazing
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.
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Jul 24, 2014 Ayeasha LovesBooks rated it it was ok
Shelves: unreadable
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
Sep 18, 2015 Dianne rated it really liked it
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.
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
Jo Hayes
Feb 02, 2014 Jo Hayes rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 10, 2015 Debra Morris rated it liked it
I had a really hard time getting into this. At times I thought things were overexplained. I did find the main character compelling however.
Dec 25, 2015 Rach rated it it was amazing
the only thing annoying about this book is that it took me so long to get around to reading it
Mar 14, 2015 Jess rated it really liked it
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
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May 14, 2015 Mike rated it it was ok
Shelves: lynda-la-plante
Having enjoyed the nine other books I have read by this author I found this one too slow.
Jun 01, 2014 zenbren rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Highly enjoyable with a few interesting twists along the way.
Jun 28, 2015 Rjasbra rated it it was amazing
Incredibly interesting story that is intelligently written.
Feb 10, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it
The plot twists keep coming to the very end of the book.
Apr 19, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing
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
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.
May 22, 2009 Su rated it liked it
If I had a choice, I probably would have rated this a 3.5, but certainly not a 4! A down and out former policewoman tries to battle her way back to respectability. And, boy, does she have a long way to go. She has managed to turn herself into a drunk and a prostitute, while losing her family along the way. I expected more from the ending than it gave me, hence not the best read ever. But worth it if you are stuck someplace and need a book!
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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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