Cold Heart, by Lynda La Plante, B-plus, Narrated by Loralei King, Produced by BBCWW, downloaded from Audible.com.
Lorraine Page has just opened her own private investigation agency. She was a cop who was forced off the police force by a tragedy which occurred in which she shot and killed a teenager who was supposed to have a gun but didn’t. Lorraine had to work herself up from total alcoholism to the point where she could begin her own agency. Her first case came about because she received a frantic call from the third and very young wife of a famous California film producer that her husband was dead and she was being blamed for the murder. Lorraine met with her and determined that the woman didn’t do it. Ultimately this put her in contact with all three former wives, with a former movie star who had always loved the slain man, and to a lot of killings before the crime was finally solved. La Plante has this sort of unique way of having books not turn out as you think they should. In other words, justice, if it wins at all, wins only partially and the reader ends up knowing more than the characters in the book. La Plante writes well, and she kept the tension high at all times. The reader knew something momentous was ultimately going to happen, and it did.