AUTHOR: Kristen Lepionka
PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books
AWARDS: Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel (2018)
The Last Place You Look
Roxane Weary #1
by Kristen Lepionka
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.
A main character (Roxane) is attracted to people of multiple genders. Unknown if specific label is used on-page.