A Trace of Death (A Keri Locke Mystery--Book #1) by Blake Pierce

A Trace of Death (A Keri Locke Mystery--Book #1)

By Blake Pierce

  • Release Date: 2016-12-02
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 215 Ratings
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“A dynamic story line that grips from the first chapter and doesn't let go.”
--Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Once Gone)

From #1 bestselling mystery author Blake Pierce comes a new masterpiece of psychological suspense.

Keri Locke, Missing Persons Detective in the Homicide division of the LAPD, remains haunted by the abduction of her own daughter, years before, never found. Still obsessed with finding her, Keri buries her grief the only way she knows how: by throwing herself into the cases of missing persons in Los Angeles.

A routine phone call from a worried mother of a high-schooler, only two hours missing, should be ignored. Yet something about the mother’s voice strikes a chord, and Keri decides to investigate.

What she finds shocks her. The missing daughter—of a prominent senator—was hiding secrets no one knew. When all evidence points to a runaway, Keri is ordered off the case. And yet, despite pressure from her superiors, from the media, despite all trails going cold, the brilliant and obsessed Keri refuses to let it go. She knows she has but 48 hours if she has any chance of bringing this girl back alive.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, A TRACE OF DEATH marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.”
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)

Book #2 in the Keri Locke series is also now available!


  • Keri Locke #1

    By Issy's MomMom
    I’ve enjoyed two other series by this author, and I will continue with this series too. I only hope the editors, proofreaders and beta testers will catch some of the errors before I read the next one. I don’t know how nobody noticed the victims name (Ashley) being used in lieu of the detectives name (Keri) for example, in chapter 26.
  • Trace o ded buttwhole

    By sir butthole
  • Expected for Blake Pierce

    By jme0299
    If you've read any of her books, the main character is a tough, don't follow the rules woman. But does the heroine always have to end up in the hospital after saving the day??? For once, I'd like to read about her strong characters saving the day and walking away unscathed. Predictable.
  • A Trace of Death

    By Scov2
    Outstanding!! An edge-of-your-seat thriller!! Blake Pierce gives us another must read!!
  • If Blake Pierce keeps writing I will keep reading!

    By Angeltobe
    Another nail biter. She doesn't follow rules or listen to people in charge. She's been bitten in the behind before and come out behind. A lone wolf. But still the leader of the pack. Give her the case she solves it... This one is life or death.. be it hers or the Senators daughters.... keep reading to find out who survives those last minutes. This is one series I couldn't put down. I had to buy everything she has written and have not been disappointed yet.....
  • Awesome

    By Inuvik
    Very entertaining and loved the rogue attitude to fallow hunches!
  • A trace of death

    By Jobooks
    Excellent read, Blake Pierce is my new favorite author!
  • Couldn't put it down!

    By 1988Daria
    The author takes us on a thrilling yet exhausting ride with a Missing Persons detective trying to solve the disappearance of a teen-aged girl from a prominent family. I read it in one sitting. There are a few editing omissions when the victim's name is used to refer to the detective but it is clear that it was an error and didn't cause confusion
  • Trace of Death

    By I Love Orange 2
    Loved how the main detectives interacted with the sarcasm. It was very real. Fast paced. Loved it.
  • A Trace of Murder

    By Fatjake2
    This book was an unexpected, but pleasant surprise. Keri was a great character that evolved into a endearing hero. Thanks for the journey and I will be reading more!