A Trace of Death (A Keri Locke Mystery--Book #1) - 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 1,256 Ratings


“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!


  • A well-paced crime mystery

    By Tipusnr
    This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it will definitely not be the last. The lack of superfluous characters keeps the story going right up until the personal touch at the end. Well done.
  • Couldn’t put it down.

    By Reader Austin
    I am writing this having just finished the series, reason being that once I finished this book, I had to start book two immediately. Blake Pierce has perfected the difficult task of placing you right into the scene. He/she makes it to where you are waking right along Keri but also watching the action from a birds eye view. The characters and scenery are very well described.
  • Murder mystery

    By jdt_s
    Very exciting mm I realised about midway in I had read before but read it again because it was so good. That is unusual for me, once I’ve figured out the mystery I’m usually over it but this author held my interest again! That is some recommendation!
  • A Trace of Death

    By country gurl<3
    A great read. Many twist and turns that kept me reading on and on. Blake Pierce is truly a great writer. Love all his books.
  • A Trace of Death

    By quickbites
    This story really pulls the reader in, the characters coming alive and each page leaves you wondering what happens next. A must read
  • A trace of death

    By nickname5452316
    Very good, fast paced, plenty of action. Interesting characters and twists.
  • Great read.

    By QueenCassandra
    I enjoyed this book. Hope to read more by the author.
  • Trace of Death

    By Pins4
    Enjoyed the book it keeps you on your toes with all of the twists and turns of the story. You really get into the characters and why do what they do. Nice read.
  • A Trace Of Murder

    By Kaypac54
    Extensively gripping story! Gave me insight into some of my own explicit paths I needed reminding of to move on....keep writing Blake Pierce!
  • Trace of death

    By Dix252
    This book was truly suspenseful, and the main character, Keri, like a bulldog with a bone. She breaks all the rules to get a killer.