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BOOK REVIEW: THE RED DAHLIA
BY LYNDA LAPLANTE

We hope you enjoy this book review by Patricia Reid.



Danny Fowler, a paperboy, was winding up his route and heading home from breakfast when he spotted what appeared to be a blow-up doll on the bank of the river. What Danny found wasn’t a blow-up doll and he no longer had an appetite for breakfast. His discovery began the investigation into a death that became known as The Red Dahlia murder.

Detective Inspector Anna Travis is a part of the investigation team and soon Detective Chief Inspector James Langton is called in to head up the investigation. It has been a year since the two worked together. The two had a romantic relationship at that time but Anna broke it off since James wouldn’t make a commitment. Anna is nervous about working with him again but the murder takes precedence over everything.

The woman later referred to as the Red Dahlia has been cut in half and her blood drained. Anna makes a connection between this murder and the long unsolved case of The Black Dahlia in California. Soon there are more parallels between the two cases when the killer begins sending communications to the newspapers and the police.

When Travis and Langton finally get an anonymous phone call that leads them down a gruesome path to a killer who is vicious to an extent that cannot even be imagined. The Red Dahlia is a fascinating story that finally results in a satisfying conclusion.

REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID

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