Long Gone
by Schaffhausen, Joanna

Chicago detective Annalisa Vega has nothing left to lose as she investigates the bizarre murder of a fellow detective whose ties to a killer in plain sight forces her to risk everything to reveal the truth. 40,000 first printing.

JOANNA SCHAFFHAUSEN wields a mean scalpel, skills developed in her years studying neuroscience. She has a doctorate in psychology, which reflects her long-standing interest in the brain-how it develops and the many ways it can go wrong. Previously, she worked for ABC News, writing for programs such as World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and 20/20. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and daughter. She is also the author of The Vanishing Season, No Mercy, All the Best Lies, Every Waking Hour, and Gone for Good.

This sequel to Gone for Good (2021) again pits Chicago detective Annalisa Vega against fellow cops who demand blind loyalty to the thin blue line. After turning her brother and ex-cop father in for murder, Vega is burdened with the dual identities of genius cold-case detective and traitor. Here, she and her partner, Nick Carelli (also her ex-husband), are investigating the murder of a retired super-cop, Leo Hammond. Hammond's swaggering cowboy-cop history makes the suspect list crowded: his current wife, survivors of an on-duty shooting, the cold-case murder suspect he harassed, and his humiliated ex-wife all have solid motives. When Annalisa realizes that the suspect Hammond harassed, Moe Bocks, is dating her sister-in-law, protective instincts put him at the top of her list even as Hammond's former partners are targeted. But, are the cases even connected? Vega's ruptured family, growing feelings for Nick, and her self-sabotaging tendencies provide plenty of interest beyond her investigative skill. Share this series with readers seeking whodunits with human appeal, like those by Lisa Gardner. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Chicago looks more dangerous than ever in police detective Annalisa Vega's second case. Called to the scene of DS Leo Hammond's fatal shooting, Annalisa finds not only interior designer Kayla Hammond, his much younger wife; Annalisa's own ex-husband and current partner, Detective Nick Carelli; and their boss, Commander Lynn Zimmer, but two unwelcome new arrivals, Detectives Frankie Vaughn and Paul Monk, who together with Leo and Detective Tom Osborne worked together as the Fantastic Four, a team that racked up a slew of homicide arrests and made countless enemies along the way. Even after Zimmer claims ownership of the case for Division North, Vaughn and Monk make it clear that they're not going away, and Annalisa's left to figure out whether the well-insured Leo was killed by his cheating wife, one of his partners, or an intruder in a frogman suit Kayla insists she saw in the house. The list of suspects swiftly grows to include Moe Bocks, the used-car dealer Leo was convinced strangled Josie Blanchard back in 1988, and David Edwards, who's been released years after his conviction for killing Bass Lounge waitress Sandra Romero in a botched robbery that came to a hard ending when the Fantastic Four, arriving in response to her 911 call, shot club owner Cecil Barry dead. As Annalisa, who's not one to back away from confrontations, gets taken off the case and then placed on medical leave when she's suspected of murder herself, Schaffhausen piles on the complications and then faces the serious challenge of winding up the case, or cases. Maybe too much of some very good-that is, very wicked-things. Copyright Kirkus 2022 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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