Last Known Victim

  • by Erica Spindler
  • Narrated by Susan Ericksen
  • 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

August 2005: Amid death and destruction, hurricane-savaged New Orleans has a new dark force to fear.As the rescue efforts unfold, a grisly discovery is made at one of the massive refrigerator "graveyards". One of these metal hulks contains six human hands - all female, all right hands. The press has dubbed the unknown perpetrator "The Handyman". But with no way to trace the origin of this refrigerator, and with evidence lost to time and the elements, the case dead-ends.Captain Patti O'Shay is the straight-arrow, by-the-book cop assigned to the case. Her tough, unflinching character is fractured when her husband and fellow police captain is found murdered - surprised by looters taking advantage of the post-storm chaos.August 2007: Patti, still grieving and disillusioned, gets a call from homicide - skeletal remains have been unearthed in City Park. The unknown victim - a female - is missing her right hand. But for Patti, this grave holds something even more shocking. Found beside the victim's bones is her husband's police badge.Casting aside the very "rule book" by which she has lived her life, Patti is fearless - but so is the killer. As he stalks her, she is forced to question all she believes in, to doubt the code she has lived by...because she knows that if she doesn't find The Handyman first, she will become his last known victim.

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What the Critics Say

"Susan Ericksens concise, well-paced narration blends beautifully with Spindlers grim, empathetic vision of post-Katrina New Orleans in this romantic thriller." (AudioFile)

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Last Known Victim describes what it is like in New Orleans after Katrina. Once I started to listen I just could not stop. the story kept captivated till the end. I recommend it to others.
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- Lia "I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!"

WOW! Just WOW!

The ending in this story blew me away! Patty O'Shay is the heroine in this story. This is a murder mystery, that grabbed my attention from the first few pages. The setting is New Orleans, post Katrina. The author painted the city well, I grew up in New Orleans, and it felt like visiting some old friends and to know they survived Katrina, however it seems that evil survived as well. The heroine's husband was killed in post Katrina chaos, and it appears he was a victim of the person who was killing the women and removing their right hand. Thus the killer was dubbed "The Handyman."
This was a complex story, and very detailed. I enjoyed it and hope you do so as well.
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- Maria "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-24-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio