The Last Place You Look

The Last Place You Look

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"Nobody knows what happened to Sarah Cook. The 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 is now on death row. Though he's maintained his innocence all along, the clock is running out. His execution is only weeks away when his devoted sister insists she spied Sarah at an area gas station. Willing to try anything, she hires PI Roxane Weary to look at the case and see if she can locate Sarah. Brad might be in a bad way, but private investigator Roxane Weary isn't doing so hot herself. Still reeling from the recent death of her cop father in the line of duty, her main way of dealing with her grief has been working as little and drinking as much as possible. But Roxane finds herself drawn in to the story of Sarah's vanishing act, especially when she links the disappearance to one of her father's unsolved murder cases involving another teen girl. The stakes get higher as Roxane discovers that the two girls may not be the only beautiful blonde teenagers who've turned up missing or dead. As her investigation gets darker and darker, Roxane will have to risk everything to find the truth. Lives depend on her cracking this case--hers included"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250120519
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 22 cm

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nannarboe
Dec 12, 2018

I was looking for an absorbing mystery and The Last Place You Look did the trick. A splendid debut. I look forward to reading more about Lepionka's protagonist.

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skyekilaen
Nov 09, 2018

If you like messy main characters, this mystery is for you. Roxane Weary is a bisexual private investigator, daughter of a slain police officer, and very definitely an alcoholic. She has an ill-advised on-again off-again affair with her ex-girlfriend, who married a man, and Roxane is also sleeping with her father's former partner on the force. She's hired by a black woman to investigate the long-ago disappearance of a white teenage girl, because the client's brother is awaiting execution for the murder of the girl and her parents. Roxane pursues the case doggedly, especially once she finds a possible connection between the case and an unsolved case of her father's. It's clear that Roxane's substance abuse is increasingly as much of an obstacle to solving the case as the lack of solid evidence and interference from suspicious local cops; as a fictional device, her blackouts and other incidents only increase the tension.

I was so wrapped up in the writing and Allyson Ryan's narration that I barely resented doing hours of physical therapy exercises at home while listening to the audiobook. If that's not a sufficient testimonial, I don't know what else I can say! I've never been a big mystery reader, but this book has made me work on changing that.

I am by no means well versed in the mystery/thriller genre! But I think this was a really solid debut novel! The characters were fleshed out and I became really invested in the protagonist, Roxane Weary.
Roxane is a LGBTQ character, which I really appreciate in a genre that can be really heteronormative. Additionally, I thought Lepionka did a great job at keeping me guessing even if it wasn't mind blowingly original. This is the first book in the series and the second book was recently released! I’ll probably be heading back to the library soon to pick up the next one!

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miaone
Mar 02, 2018

Seriously, did we really need another detective series starring a P.I. who drinks too much, has parent issues, is frequently insolvent, is detested and distrusted by the local police, does not give going to bed with someone the careful thought it so richly deserves, and who is, in my opinion, a loser? Before I'd read 2 chapters I concluded we do not, and stopped reading.

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jachayden
Jan 07, 2018

The only reason I didn't give this title a full five stars is that I figured out the culprit about 2/3 of the way through. Not that it was a bad thing, I was actually just more annoyed that Roxane hadn't even considered this angle. For as smart and dedicated as her character is, I was surprised she didn't get to this conclusion as soon as I did. But this book was very well written and all of the characters were likeable and fit into the story well. I look forward to reading more from this new series. Finished reading 1/2/18.

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Sansha
Jan 03, 2018

The first book in a new private detective series. Roxane Weary is an edgy, flawed Private Detective who never gives up. Look forward to more in the series.

ArapahoeLesley Dec 10, 2017

With a wonderfully flawed main character and a full cast of interesting players I was impressed by this new author. A great beginning to a new mystery series.

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mission58
Jul 23, 2017

Especially for a debut author, this mystery was exceptionally well-paced and well-written . Reminiscent of Sarah Paretsky's P.I., V.I. Warshawski. As in The Girl On a Train and In a Dark, Dark Wood, alcohol abuse contributes to the heroine's vulnerability and the story's suspense. Bisexuality in a main character lends an interesting dimension. Looking forward to more by this author.

SnoIsleLib_DeniseD Jul 09, 2017

Need a can't-put-down mystery thriller? Like your private investigators edgy and with a taste for whiskey? Wishing we could see more gender equality in this genre? Meet Roxane Weary. I can't wait for more of her!

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maipenrai
Jun 13, 2017

the first book in the new Roxanne Weary series.

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