I enjoyed Last Look, the first book in Mariah Stewart's "Last" series. I've read her other FBI books and have enjoyed them as well.
Special Agent Andrew Shields, is still reeling from the backlash caused by the scandal his brother, (also an FBI agent) was involved with.
Hoping to give him back some of his self confidence, his boss sends him to Georgia to investigate the death of a prostitute found shot and stabbed to death. The prostitute has been positively identified as Shannon Randall.
Shannon Randall disappeared from her home town of Hatton South Carolina in 1983 when she was 14 years old. All the evidence pointed to 18 year old Eric Beale. Eric was tried, found guilty and sent to prison for Shannon's murder. He was executed eight years later. Now her body has turned up, and there are a ton of questions being asked.
FBI agent Dorsey Collins' father Mat Ranieri, was the agent sent to finalize the investigation into Shannon's "death". He has since retired from the Bureau, and making his living as an expert on crime and criminals. Still riding on the fame of convicting Shannon's murderer. Now he has a lot to answer for.
Dorsey knows she wont be allowed to actually work this case, but she wants in to help in anyway she can, she needs answers and wants to clear her fathers name. She is given permission to shadow Andrew and his investigation.
As Andrew and Dorsey start to ask their questions, it quickly becomes evident, that Shannon's family is not being entirely truthful with them. The police chief at the time was maybe not all he seemed to be and the locals were not as truthful as they could have been when it came to what happened the night Shannon went missing.
I liked the story. And as I've said in other reviews of this author, I love her character development. You really become attached to their lives and their feelings matter. That being said, I have a hard time fitting her books into a genre. There is a crime. And by the end of the book the crime is solved. But I wouldn't really call it a thriller, or a mystery. There is a hint of romance, but again, nothing is ever resolved as far as relationships between the characters. Yet I find myself looking forward to the next book. I do enjoy them.
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