When a scandalous small-town crime goes viral, a teen girl takes center stage in Rosecrans Baldwin's story of a twenty-first century Puritan witch-hunt
On Sale: June 6, 2017
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Fiction | Suspense
The Last Kid Left begins when a car smashes into a
sculpture of a giant cowgirl. The police find two bodies
in the trunk. 19-year-old Nick Toussaint Jr. is arrested
for murder, and after details of the crime rip across the
internet, his 16-year-old girlfriend, Emily Portis―a
sheltered teen who’s been off the grid until now, her
first romance coinciding with her first cellphone―is
nearly consumed by a public hungry for every lurid
detail, accurate or not.
Emily and Nick are not the only ones whose lives come
unmoored. A retired police officer latches onto the case.
Nick’s alcoholic mother is thrust into an unfamiliar
role. A young journalist who left her hometown behind is
pulled into the fray. And Emily’s father, the town
Sheriff, is finally forced to confront a monstrous
The Last Kid Left is a bold, searching novel about how
our relationships operate in a hyper-connected world, an
expertly-portrayed account of tragedy turned mercilessly
into entertainment. And it’s the suspenseful unwinding of
a crime that’s more complex than it initially seems. But
mostly it’s the story of two teenagers, dismantled by
circumstances and rotten luck, who are desperate to
believe that love is enough to save them.
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