Last Known Address: A Novel

Last Known Address: A Novel

by Theresa Schwegel
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Last Known Address 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book at the dollar tree for $1
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edofarrell More than 1 year ago
I'm an ex-police officer and I love the way Schwegel captures the rough and rowdy atmosphere of police work. She has an excellent grasp of the day to day dialog and sophomoric pranks that are so common amongst the boys and girls in blue. It is a tough job and it breeds its own peculiar brand of humor. And the political and human obstacles to getting the job done are well and truly portrayed. Sometimes cops feel like they're fighting everyone but the bad guys. The plot and action are okay, if a little trite. I could have done without the lengthy point-of-view narratives from the victims, but that's a personal preference. I like tighter more focused books. A good ending, nicely done. A book well worth the investment of money and time.
MikeDraper More than 1 year ago
Det. Sloan Pearson is still new on the Chicago Sex Crimes Unit and as a newbie she would expect normal hazing but what she recieves is sexual harassment. At one point she is returning from seeing her father in a hospital and so is late for work, one fellow officer says "I'll bet she got a hot wax." Early in the story, we witness the thoughts of someone being stalked and then raped. It is confusing because we don't know who it is. Pearson is given the case to find the serial rapist. When she finds that a victim was a woman who had shown her a condo she was thinking of buying, the case became personal. Dealing with the case and her father's illness takes a toll. Her relationship with her boyfriend is terrible, the rapport she could have with her partner is not there and she ignores orders from her superior. At one point in the story she meets a person and becomes attracted to him. The reader wonders if this could be the rapist. Pearson is a compulsive worker. She wants to find the rapist before another woman is attacked but she is so cold and impersonal that she doesn't create any sympathy and if she catches the rapist or, the reader doesn't care. A major element in the story is the sexual harassment and if Schwegel portrayed Pearson in this cold way due to this harassment then it has a purpose. If Schwegel is attempting to expose this as a problem with the police department, then I hope the novel surves its purpose.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Chicago police detective Sloane Pearson has moved from homicide to major sex crimes. Her current case involves a brutal serial rapist who leaves his prey near dead from strangulation. Her efforts to get someone to talk are futile as the women fear their predator will return to finish the job or worse. The brass demands she either finds a legitimate suspect or move on as they reject her belief a serial rapist is stalking Chicago. However, she has no clues so Pearson tracks what the victims claimed they did before being snatched and raped. She begins to find a tenuous link, but is running out of time as her boss orders her to drop the investigation immediately and start a new case while she knows the next victim is just around the corner. The latest Pearson police procedural (see PROBABLE CAUSE) is an exciting whodunit in which the heroine's boss and lover intrude in her inquiry. Her supervisor orders her to cease and desist though she believes another rape is imminent and Sloane is considering leaving her lover, but puts that on hold while investigating; on top of that her father is ill with a bad heart. The story line is fast-paced and never slows down as Pearson's tour of Chicago is no joy ride as the clues are few and the women begin to back away with her only ally being a Sun-Times reporter that she feeds information to that if her boss knew would cost her the job she loves. Theresa Schwegel provides a tense one sitting thriller. Harriet Klausner