Early in Schaffhausen’s worthy sequel to 2021’s Gone for Good, Det. Annalisa Vega of the Chicago PD and Nick Carelli, her partner and ex-husband, are called to veteran police officer Leo Hammond’s home, where they find him dead in his bedroom, shot with his own gun. Hammond’s wife insists that an intruder, dressed in a black wetsuit complete with diving mask, killed him. An obvious suspect is Moe Bocks, who had a run-in with Hammond a month earlier in a bar. Bocks is believed to have murdered his girlfriend in 1998, but he wasn’t charged for lack of evidence. That Vega’s best friend has begun dating Bocks complicates the investigation. These and other cases entwine in unexpected ways and bring Vega to the attention of a band of dirty cops. She’s soon suspected of murder, with conveniently planted evidence stacking up against her. Loads of exciting action, balanced with dramatic personal revelations and some fine nuts-and-bolts police work, keep the pages turning. Readers will look forward to the next outing for the complex, introspective Vega. Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary. (Aug.)
"Loads of exciting action, balanced with dramatic personal revelations and some fine nuts-and-bolts police work, keep the pages turning. Readers will look forward to the next outing for the complex, introspective Vega." Publishers Weekly
"Schaffhausen skillfully unwinds her twist-filled plot to a slam-bang conclusion."Associated Press
"Share this series with readers seeking whodunits with human appeal, like those by Lisa Gardner." Booklist
"[Long Gone has] some very good—that is, very wicked—things."--Kirkus
"If you’re after a thriller that will deliver on the suspense, give you characters to cheer on, and wrap it all up with a thoroughly satisfying conclusion – look no further."--Mystery & Suspense
"Schaffhausen again weaves family dynamics, terrible decisions, and long-festering secrets with love and bitter regret to create a riveting story. The delightfully exasperating main character and cast are a bonus."-- First Clue
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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.