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 2,189 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 Trace of Death

    By Jj-Artist
    This was exciting to read and I kept saying "Just one more chapter". I couldn't put it down. I had to force myself to stop reading and go to bed, well after 1:00 AM. Well written and Blake Pierce is my newest Favorite Author! I have read 7 of his books... All the same captivating writing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Good

    By Tdelight78
    What main character does bit unrealistic and frankly stupid. But over all still good book to read...
  • A trace if death

    By freetibme
    Great read, fast pass, well written
  • Pretty good!

    By Kbarne30
    This book was a fast read, and definitely had plenty of suspense. My issue, and the reason I chose to give it 4 stars, is that there are so many typographical errors— missing words, lots of instances where the character name was meant to be Keri, but was written/printed as Ashley, etc.— that I grew annoyed and wondered (hoped?) whether the author was so excitedly writing that he/she hurried through without looking back. Definitely should have been caught in editing!
  • This book is amazing.

    By its_jordan
    It’s been a while since I’ve brought myself to read a book, and this book immediately drawn me in. If you like an intense mystery type novel, this is it. I read this book in under a week and I’m still in love with it.
  • Trace of death

    By memphis 3
    Just can’t get enough of the suspense Blake Pierce implodes in his stories never had been much of a reader as I was growing up, but now I can’t wait to see what Blake is coming up with next. Thank you so much.
  • Nice easy read

    By AUpaps
    Moves along well and has enough twists and turns to keep it interesting.
  • Definitely recommend

    By Me2536206
    Very good read- caught my attention right away, and I usually don’t find books that do that. Definitely recommend
  • A trace of death

    By zcorea
    Has a wonderful plot and keeps you interested.
  • A trace of death

    By Elle0609
    A trace of death was a fantastic page turner!!! I could not stop reading once I started!!! Highly recommend.