Pacing. The protagonist of Theresa Schwegel’s new novel, Last Known Address, is Chicago police detective Sloane Pearson, who has been reassigned from homicide to sex crimes. Her male co-workers and bosses are unsupportive, her boyfriend Eddie is disengaged, and her dad’s heart condition has become worse. Frustrated with dead end leads, Pearson thinks she’s on the trail of a serial rapist, but seems thwarted at every turn. She’s dogged and while pulled in multiple directions at once, she never quits. The pacing of the novel begins slowly, and intensifies as Pearson’s life and work become more complicated. Fans of crime fiction and female protagonists are likely to enjoy Last Known Address.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)