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Gone for Good: A Novel (Detective Annalisa Vega #1) (Hardcover)
Gone For Good is the first in a new mystery series from award-winning author Joanna Schaffhausen, featuring Detective Annalisa Vega, in which a cold case heats up.
The Lovelorn Killer murdered seven women, ritually binding them and leaving them for dead before penning them gruesome love letters in the local papers. Then he disappeared, and after twenty years with no trace of him, many believe that he’s gone for good.
Not Grace Harper. A grocery store manager by day, at night Grace uses her snooping skills as part of an amateur sleuth group. She believes the Lovelorn Killer is still living in the same neighborhoods that he hunted in, and if she can figure out how he selected his victims, she will have the key to his identity.
Detective Annalisa Vega lost someone she loved to the killer. Now she’s at a murder scene with the worst kind of déjà vu: Grace Harper lies bound and dead on the floor, surrounded by clues to the biggest murder case that Chicago homicide never solved. Annalisa has the chance to make it right and to heal her family, but first, she has to figure out what Grace knew—how to see a killer who may be standing right in front of you. This means tracing his steps back to her childhood, peering into dark corners she hadn’t acknowledged before, and learning that despite everything the killer took, she has still so much more to lose.
About the Author
Joanna Schaffhausen wields a mean scalpel, skills developed in her years studying neuroscience. She has a doctorate in psychology, which reflects her long-standing interest in the brain—how it develops and the many ways it can go wrong. Previously, she worked for ABC News, writing for programs such as World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and 20/20. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and daughter. The Vanishing Season is her first novel.
“Annalisa Vega is the detective you’ve been waiting for. A second generation Chicago cop, she has the chops to take on a serial killer, a large family to keep her grounded, and personal experience with the secrets behind closed doors.”--Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Gone for Good is a riveting exploration into the dark heart of violent crime and the scars it leaves behind. Joanna Schaffhausen is a master of the craft." --Carol Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of The Lake of Dead Languages and The Sea of Lost Girls
"[An] exceptional series launch...gripping. Excellent fair-play plotting, genuine surprises, and convincing characters make this a surefire winner. Mystery fans are in for a treat"--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Schaffhausen...seamlessly weaves past and present together and easily manipulates strong romantic and family-loyalty subplots...in this strong series debut."--Booklist (starred review)
"Schaffhausen builds the suspense chapter by chapter, and the tale’s clever twists will keep readers guessing, often wrongly, till the end. Her prose style, which has always been precise and clear, has taken a leap in this book, turning both grittier and, occasionally more lyrical. And, as usual, she excels at character development — even with minor characters."--Associated Press
"With her extensive work in the field of psychology, Joanna Schaffhausen has chosen the right kind of novel to wield her powerful crime narrative."--Bookreporter
"Schaffhausen presents a strong heroine with a complicated backstory in a compelling labyrinth of a plot. Gone for Good moves at a brisk pace as Schaffhausen employs realistic surprises, characters worth caring about and sparkling dialogue. Excerpts from Grace’s journal assist Annalisa, but mainly the detective relies on her own intelligence and affinity for ferreting out evidence and spotting clues."--Sun Sentinel
"Visceral chills, a colorful cast, and a handful of effective twists add up to a promising series debut."--Kirkus Reviews
"A dark, intriguing tale...As the case unfolds, the suspense builds. There is no neat ending here, which leaves room for more books in the series. A great read, recommended for true crime fans and mystery lovers alike."--Library Journal
"Schaffhausen spins a deliciously complex and gratifyingly original tale of crime and the chaos it wreaks. Complete with a chilling climax and a superlative shock, “Gone for Good” eschews the mundane as it depicts danger and death—and the devastating damage inflicted on survivors."-- Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star