MYSTERY

The Last Place You Look

Minotaur: St. Martin's. Jun. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781250120519. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250120526. M
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OrangeReviewStarReeling from her cop father's death, Roxane Weary, a Columbus, OH, private investigator, is self-medicating with alcohol while also contending with her conflicted feelings over her on-again off-again relationship with Catherine, her manipulative first love. She reluctantly takes on a closed case when a woman asks her to look into new information that may stave off her black brother Brad's upcoming execution for the murder of his white girlfriend's parents. Sarah Cook was a beautiful blonde teen who disappeared the night her parents were murdered, and Brad's sister thinks she spotted Sarah recently. Roxane is drawn into the case and discovers that there are connections between several girls who have gone missing or turned up dead and a case her father was once working on. Roxane's innate stubbornness and support from her close yet dysfunctional family are necessary to help her unravel dark secrets from the past and confront escalating skirmishes with the local police intent on hindering her investigations.
VERDICT Introducing a fascinating protagonist who combats her emotional demons with the aid of sugar, booze, and sex, this suspenseful, original, and confident debut will please fans of the hard-boiled PI genre.

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