The Red Dahlia
In an eerie mirror image of the famous LA murder case of Elizabeth Short in the l940s known as the Black Dahlia, her body was found dumped by the River Thames… severed in half and brutalised beyond recognition.
Anna Travis must summon all the strength and guile she became so well known for in ABOVE SUSPICION to hunt down this sadistic killer.
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Reading Group Guide
Newly promoted Detective Inspector Anna Travis re-teams with Detective Inspector James Langton to investigate a grisly murder whose victim the press dubs the Red Dahlia. When the Red Dahlia murder appears to bear more than a passing resemblance to the famed Black Dahlia murder of 1947, whose killer was never found, the pressure to find the killer intensifies and raises the stakes for Anna and James. As the two follow the trail of a suspect who leads them through an increasingly dark and sadistic world, James and Anna must fight their growing sexual attraction in order to bring the murderer to justice. Lynda La Plante continues to build a case for why her newest heroine, Anna Travis, will endear herself to readers through her vigilance, tenacity, and poignant vulnerability.
Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. How does the murder case earn the moniker the Red Dahlia? When does the significance of this name begin to have an impact on Anna and James’s investigation and what are some of the initial results?
2. What was some of see more