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Last Known Address

Last Known Address

A Novel

Theresa Schwegel

Minotaur Books

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Edgar Award winning author Theresa Schwegel's fourth novel features a female detective chasing a serial rapist across Chicago, from the westside slums to the glitz of the Loop.

Detective Sloane Pearson is new to the Sex Crimes Division but no stranger to being treated like an incompetent blonde by her hardened male co-workers. She's also no stranger to hard-to-crack cases, and her latest is as tough as they come: A rapist is on the prowl, dragging women to deserted building sites or vacant apartment buildings peppered all over downtown Chicago, and forcing them to fight---knowing, of course, that he'll win.

When a real estate agent Sloane knows is attacked by the violent predator, Sloane finds herself taking a case that threatens her secret plans to leave her long-time lover. Her personal bond with the victim and a would-be relationship with a man she interviews along the way lead Sloane down a dangerous path---one that poisons the investigation as well as her personal life.

Sloane's balancing act topples when her father falls ill. Between coping with his weak heart and following the few weak leads she has, her case begins to go the way that many rape cases go: The victims fall away, one by one, suddenly unsure of what they saw or unwilling to relive the horrifying moments again and again.

When Sloane helps a hungry young Sun-Times reporter declare the case serial, she loses support: Her bosses demand she get a suspect or move on. Sloane stays on the case, though---no matter how much it strains her personal relationships. Even her partner claims she's in too deep: He doesn't believe there's an arrest on the planet worth a cop's life. Sloane disagrees: Someone's got to take up the fight.

From the worst slums of Chicago's west side to the glittering Loop skyscrapers, Sloane finds no shortage of suspects. As she loses everything she'd called home, she can only hope to find the rapist before she also becomes a victim.

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Last Known Address by Theresa Schwegel--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Theresa Schwegel's mystery novel Last Known Address. Detective Sloane Pearson is new to the Sex Crimes Division and her first big case is as tough as they come: A rapist is on the loose, dragging women to deserted buildings in downtown Chicago and forcing them to fight—knowing, of course, that he'll win...

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Praise for Last Known Address

"Deftly narrated by Tavia Gilbert.” —Library Journal

“Gilbert's tone and pace add to the escalating tensions...Her excellent portrayal of Sloane's defiance when ordered to drop the case sounds authentic.” —AudioFile"

"A smart, propulsive, tightrope-walking mystery novel . . . The opening scene signals the insight with which the author draws her characters throughout this busy, ingenious story. . . . Person of Interest quickly escalates into a high-stakes story of risk and suspicion, told with rich, insightful detail.” —The New York Times on Person of Interest

“A hard-boiled police procedural with a twist . . . One of the most compelling young authors in a highly competitive genre.” —USA Today on Person of Interest

“[Schwegel] creates a portrait of a family in crisis, and her vivid characterizations . . . lift the thriller plot to literary-novel status. A-.” —Entertainment Weekly on Person of Interest

“Her most accomplished yet. Aside from the novel's gritty realism and intense, emotional intimacy, the numerous thematic subtleties make this blend of police procedural and suspense thriller eminently readable . . . an indisputable crime-fiction tour de force.” —Chicago Tribune on Person of Interest

“This pitch-perfect portrait of a family in crisis reinforces Schwegel's position as one of today's top authors of hard-boiled police procedurals.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year) on Person of Interest"

About the author

Theresa Schwegel

THERESA SCHWEGEL was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. A Loyola University graduate, she received an MFA in screenwriting at Chapman University. Her debut novel, Officer Down, won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was shortlisted for the Anthony Award.

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