Blood Line, Lynda La Plante

blood lineBlood Line is the first Lynda La Plante book I’ve read for some time. It continues her Anna Travis series, of which I think I have only two more to go.

I find this series easy to keep reading. La Plante has a skill in maintaining the reader’s interest (at least this reader), even though I’ve found her work more predictable than that of other crime writers – at least in the “who-dunnit” aspect. Often it can be obvious early on who committed a crime, and the police are onto them straight away, but then have trouble proving their case.

In a way this might actually be a better reflection of reality. How often in real life does a murderer turn out to be someone the police have had their eye on from the beginning, but can’t act until they’ve been able accumulate evidence and build a case to stand up in court?

Blood Line starts with the report of a missing person, whose father is convinced his son has been murdered. The son’s fiancée hasn’t shown similar concern and has kept the disappearance quiet.
There are some twists and turns related to the life and character of the missing man. Why would he want to do a runner? Or why did someone want him dead?

This case Anna Travis’s first major test after a promotion to DCI, and her boss (and former lover) James Langton’s interference does nothing for her confidence or her ability to investigate the case. Is she overcomplicating the case and therefore heading along the wrong track as Langton insists?

Langton is certain she has enough to gain a conviction, but Travis is not convinced that she’s investigating a straight forward crime.