Book Club Kit: The Last Close Call
Thank you for selecting The Last Close Call!
When I visit book clubs, readers often ask where my stories come from. As a former newspaper reporter, I am constantly scanning headlines to spark new ideas. The Last Close Call, was inspired by the genetic genealogist who helped California police capture the Golden State Killer, who had eluded them for decades.
In The Last Close Call, Rowan Healy has made a name for herself by using DNA profiles and genealogy to help detectives track down violent criminals. But the pressure of policework has prompted her to shift her focus to helping adoptees reconnect with their biological parents. Then she meets Jack Bruner, an Austin homicide cop who believes Rowan holds the key to cracking his toughest cold case. With Rowan’s genetic genealogy skills and Jack’s clever detective work, they zero in on a ruthless offender who has been hiding in plain sight for years.
Across the country, the field of genetic genealogy is turning police investigations upside down. Almost every day, we hear about murderers being brought to justice after years of frustration and investigative dead-ends. This new technology means crime solving—and crime fiction—will never be the same.
I loved writing this book! It was a thrill to write about an innovative young woman using cutting-edge DNA technology and old-fashioned sleuthing to find a killer.
While researching The Last Close Call, I was inspired by the amazing work of true crime author Michelle McNamara, who studied the Golden State Killer and wrote the bestseller I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. It’s a fascinating case, and I believe my new book will appeal to readers of suspense fiction, as well as true crime enthusiasts.
I love to meet readers! Please let me know if you’d like to set up a book chat or if you would like a batch of signed bookmarks for your members. And, again, thank you for choosing The Last Close Call.