Daneet Steffens
November 28, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Cold Blood

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Lynda La Plante
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

Television writer Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect, Bella Mafia) here loads down her protagonist, Lorraine Page, with an enormous amount of baggage: ex-LAPD lieutenant, ex-alcoholic, ex-mother, ex-wife. Page, who now runs her own detective agency, is investigating the disappearance of a movie star’s teenage daughter in New Orleans. As Page does the gumshoe thing, voodoo, blackmail, and a surprising amount of gratuitous sex color the languidly menacing atmosphere of the Big Easy. Like La Plante’s Prime Suspect heroine, Jane Tennison, Page struggles realistically with her personal problems. Unlike that TV show, however, Cold Blood falls all too frequently into the realm of melodrama. B-

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