The Red Dahlia is the second book by Lynda La Plante featuring Detective Inspector Anna Travis. Travis is again thrust into working for volatile and acerbic Chief James Langton and her feelings for him are always on the back of her mind. Travis and her fellow officers are faced with trying to solve one of the most brutal crimes to ever hit England. The killer seems to be a copycat of a series of murders from the United States in the 1940s.
One of the unique things about this novel by LaPlante is that about two thirds of the way through the story the police have a prime suspect and the rest of the book details how they try to prove that the suspect is in fact the perpetrator. It doesn’t take long for that person to realize the polices’ suspicion and the games begin.
No spoiler alert here because you won’t know whether they had the right person until you read the book.
This is a first-rate crime novel.