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 2,649 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!


  • cool

    By UnCoolJ
    it was decent.
  • Video

    By bum464672
    We will get together
  • Page Turner!

    By Lay146
    Loved the book honestly! Read the entire thing in 3 hours lol.
  • A trace of death

    By lidd khyra
    Umm this book is good! Has a good catch and nice story line but the typos and name changes if the characters is killing me. Black pierce is a phenomenal author but they need to proof read these books so that they can be even better.
  • Slow to Action

    By niqo12
    Overall good book but too slow to action for me
  • A Trace of Death

    I liked this entire story. Just meeting Keri is a pleasure with consternation. I truly hope she finds Evie for real soon. Smart detective who showed her worth to higher ups. Cannot be denied. Stupid Senator. He probably did something he deserves to be unseated for. Just guessing. Maybe we will find out in future episodes. Highly recommend this series. This author is so prolific I wonder how he has time to eat a meal. 🤣
  • Superbly written

    By DesertWind76
    I loved this book!! It kept my attention from the first page to the last. The story is written so well that I can actually visualize the scenes playing out in my mind. It truly is a great read. -Jenn, ILLINOIS
  • A trace of death

    By ljlkcl
    Excellent. Very good book
  • Very entertaining

    By marwan meabed
    I have never started reading a book and finished it in my entire life this is my first one. It was very interesting! I really enjoyed it!
  • A Trace of Crime!

    By Judles66
    I really enjoyed this book! I’m ready for book 2!!