Gone for Good

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Detective Annalisa Vega, Bk. 1). Aug. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9781250264602. $27.99. M
Detective Annalisa Vega is new to the Chicago PD squad, so she doesn’t feel like she can object when her ex-husband returns to the force and ends up as her partner on the city’s biggest murder case, the Lovelorn Killer case. The Lovelorn Killer file has been cold for 20 years, with no new murders in that time, though the serial killer was never caught. Then a new body is found; the murder appears to be the work of the Lovelorn Killer. As if Annalisa’s personal life weren’t complicated enough, the killer seems to be targeting her specifically, taunting her as the case unfolds. Annalisa is way too close to this case for comfort, but is she close enough to solve it? Schaffhausen (“Eller Hathaway” series) spins a dark, intriguing tale that’s the first in a planned series. The drama of Annalisa’s life, combined with her personal attachments to the case, will keep readers invested. The narrative is told both from Annalisa’s perspective and through the diaries of the Lovelorn Killer’s victims, which is attention-grabbing. As the case unfolds, the suspense builds.
VERDICT There is no neat ending here, which leaves room for more books in the series. A great read, recommended for true crime fans and mystery lovers alike.
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