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The Last Place You Look

Kristen Lepionka

What really happened to Sarah Cook?

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Sarah Cook, a beautiful blonde teenager disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton – black and from the wrong side of the tracks – was convicted of the murders and sits on death row, though he always maintained his innocence. With his execution only weeks away, his devoted sister, insisting she has spotted Sarah at a local gas station, hires PI Roxane Weary to look again at the case.

Reeling from the recent death of her cop father, Roxane finds herself drawn to the story of Sarah’s vanishing act, especially when she thinks she’s linked Sarah’s disappearance to one of her father’s unsolved murder cases involving another teen girl. Despite her self-destructive tendencies, Roxane starts to hope that maybe she can save Brad’s life and her own.

With echoes of Sue Grafton, Dennis Lehane and the hit podcast Serial, The Last Place You Look is the gripping debut of both a bold new voice and character.

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Seriously this is a must read. I loved it.

Martina Cole
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Utterly superb - can't remember when I last read such an expertly written and perfectly constructed book that gave me so much pure reading pleasure.

Sophie Hannah
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Wonderful… a character worth following anywhere she trespasses.

Lori Rader-Day, author of Little Pretty Things
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I have never read a more confident debut.

James Renner, author The Man From Primrose Lane
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Proves that 'hardboiled' and 'feminine' aren't mutually exclusive. This book is so good it makes me jealous.

Rob Hart, author of New Yorked
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A beautifully written mystery.

Christopher Coake, author of You Came Back

Kristen Lepionka is the author of The Last Place You Look (2017), winner of the Shamus Award for Best First P. I. Novel, What You Want to See (2018) and The Stories You Tell (2019). She grew up mostly in a public library and could often be found in the adult mystery section well before she was out of middle…

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