The Red Dahlia by Lynda La Plante
(Anna Travis Mysteries)

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"FOR THOSE WHO LOVE MYSTERIES BUT WISH THAT PATRICIA CORNWELL HAD A DIRTIER MIND,"* the author of Above Suspicion and the acclaimed Prime Suspect series returns with a new mystery.

When the body of a young girl is found dumped on the banks of the Thames, even the police are shocked by the brutality of her murder: horrifically mutilated, severed in half, and drained of blood, her corpse is an obvious mirror image of the famous Black Dahlia murder in 1940s Los Angeles.

Now Detective Inspector Anna Travis must race against time to catch this copycat killer. She turns to her mentor, the brilliant and volatile Detective Chief Inspector James Langton, but the frictions of their romantic relationship are complicating the case. And then a second girl is found...

About Lynda La Plante

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Lynda La Plante's fourteen novels, including the Prime Suspect series, have all been international bestsellers.  She is an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and a member of the UK Crime Writers Awards Hall of Fame.  She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2008.  She runs her own television production company and lives in London and Easthampton, New York.  Visit her website at
Published July 3, 2007 by Touchstone. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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While it isn't directly about The Black Dahlia case itself, the book uses the 1947 mutilation murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles as a basis for a copy-cat homicide by someone trying to emulate The Black Dahlia killer.

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