Lieutenant Lorraine Page had everything -- a devoted husband, two beautiful daughters and an impressive career with the Homicide Squad. It's impossible to believe that she could be thrown out of the police force and end up on Skid Row.
Lorraine's ex-colleagues soon forget her, as the hunt for a nightmare serial killer spirals into an all-out search for a missing witness: a victim who escaped.
Lorraine Page is that witness. Against her will she is drawn into the investigation, and forced to face her past and her overwhelming guilt...
**Lynda La Plante's Widows? is now a major motion picture**
Admirers of La Plante's Edgar Award- winning TV miniseries, Prime Suspect, and of her earlier crime-thriller fiction (Bella Mafia), will want to give this novel anything but the cold shoulder. 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 determines to bring the serial-killer to justice. As she tracks her quarry, she begins to take strength from her recovery from addiction. Meanwhile, her astute police instincts lead her through L.A.'s netherworld of transsexual prostitution and kiddie porn, propelling her toward the dark secrets of a powerful family. Finely tuned characters, a well-wrought plot and plenty of suspense made this novel a success in England; its appeal should cross the Atlantic with ease. Major ad/promo; film rights sold to Michelle Pfeiffer/20th Century Fox; author tour.
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Borrow from a library - not buy to own.
The story did end up being better and far more engaging than I had anticipated.. Given the price and that I felt I was reading an illegal copy - it was plagued with spelling errors - had I known, I would not have purchased it.
Not engaging at all.
A couple of chapters in and I really couldn't care less about any of the characters. The author tells more than shows, there's no explanation for the behaviour of the protagonist and there's no emotion to any of it.
Also, a few typos such as switching from 'mommy' to 'mummy', using 'u' in favour and then not in color. She needs to figure out if she's going to write American English or U.K. English and stick to it.