Last to Die
Ballantine, Aug 28 2012, $27.00
In Ithaca, New York, thirteen year old Claire Ward survives a car crash that kills her foster parents. In New Hampshire, fourteen year old Will Yablonski survives an explosion that kills his aunt and uncle in their farmhouse. In Boston, Massachusetts, teenage Teddy Clock survives the mass murder of his foster family.
Boston PD Detective Jane Rizzoli investigates the Beacon Hill massacre. At the same time, medical examiner Maura Isles takes Teddy with her when she goes up to Maine to visit her teenage ward Julian Perkins at Evensong, a special school for young trauma survivors interested in criminology. Jane is stunned as this is the second time Teddy survived a foster family massacre; she fears the culprit will invade Evensong.
This is a great and enthralling Rizzoli & Isles police procedural (see The Silent Girl) that grips the audience from the opening mass murders and a scene in Europe and never loosens its hold until the final thrilling finish; as fans will want to know who and why. Fast-paced, Last to Die is a terrific murder mystery. This is one author who keeps getting better with each book she writes.