HarperCollins has launched its Bourbon Street Books and released the seventh of Linda La Plante's Detective Chief Inspector Anna Travis novels, "Blood Line." (Bourbon Street Books/HarperCollins, 467 pages)
DCI Travis is approached by an usher of the Old Bailey to look into the suspicious disappearance of his son, Alan Rawlins.
At first, Inspector Travis suspects the young man left town voluntarily and was trying to escape the difficulties of having a mother suffering from Alzheimer's disease. But an inspection of his apartment reveals evidence of a most brutal crime.
As the homicide investigation progresses, Anna Travis uncovers a victim with a double life and a family with a secret which threatens to derail the investigation.
With determination, and against the pressure of her superior to wrap things up as quickly as possible, Anna Travis doggedly tracks down a murderer.
La Plante is the creator of the acclaimed "Prime Suspect" television series centering on DCI Jane Tennison. Readers may find parallels to the iconic Jane Tennison in DCI Anna Travis.
Both Tennison and Travis are somewhat vulnerable as women chief inspectors, and their tenacity for truth and justice makes them compelling characters.
It is fitting that La Plante's novels are part of the Bourbon Street Books collection as they are contemporary classic mysteries.