THE MISSING (L.A.P.D. Special Investigations Book 4) by Linda Style
REVIEWED BY: Charlotte M. Liebel
The creative, eye-opening researcher and journalistic novice writes ‘in your face’ stories for “The Achilles’ Heel” magazine in California. Readers are challenged by the best-selling author of romance novels and awards, Linda Style, who leads audiences into family tragedy coupled with terror and narrow escapes from a random criminal. This suspenseful tale dares the reader to follow the fearless journals of missing children by Julianna Chevalair. Here is a woman with a purpose whose life is in jeopardy.
Best friend and former father-in-law lives on a ranch, alone, and Julianna accepts his invitation to visit. About this time, her ex-husband shows up unexpectedly. Of course, Detective Luke Coltrane meets with a 911 prowler call by local police as he tries making his night visit after years of absence. This encounter might have triggered Julianna’s higher anxiety because she is running from a potential killer.
Unfortunately, Luke and Juliana had gone through personal tragedy that ended in divorce. Dad and son do not connect emotionally, as well. The threesome are incompatible. Well and good if all can leave a helper for Abe and end their unfinished business. However, complications have already been set.
Abe is ill with complications. Julianna (Jules) is trying to complete the magazine’s article by deadline. Luke is working on two high-profile cases with contacts in Los Angeles.
Things could get worse. Abe and Julianna get along, fine. She confides in him. It’s a long shot, but Abe confides in Luke about Jules’ safety. Suddenly, Luke hits on the connection from his past resources in his detective work and the stories that Jules is writing. Also, Abe recognizes smoldering ashes ready to be ignited. This story is an impressive read toward sustaining happiness from a man’s point-of-view. Dad and son, here, exchange valuable words of wisdom. It’s a two-way exchange for couples, as well.
A lot of stuff is going down, now. Readers are learning about Luke’s distancing problems with Jules. Detectives are covering Luke’s diversified options. Cold cases, as well as the current ones, are on the table. Luke gets a couple of his pals to look into stored files. Linked witnesses, murders, suspects, and disappearing family members get attention. Sudden flashbacks alert readers to zoom in on suspects!
However, recall all those Cold Cases on TV? Are you prepared for the most frightening of murder suspects?
Author Linda Style engages the reader with romance, crime and mystery stories. She has won numerous awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award, and most recently, the Holt Medallion Award of Merit. In this story, Ms.Style shares her expertise in unscrambling the diversified meanderings of detectives and police files.
A terrific stand-alone book in a Series . Recommend: THE MISSING (L.A.P.D. Special Investigations Book 4) by Linda Style. [Verified Purchase]