Friday, February 9, 2024

Review - Long Gone

Title:  Long Gone
Author Joanna Schaffhausen
Series:   Detective Annalisa Vega #2 
Publisher:  Minotaur Books
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   294
Date of Publication:   August 9, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars

Long Gone, the next installment of Joanna Schaffhausen's critically acclaimed Detective Annalisa Vega series.

Chicago detective Annalisa Vega shattered her life, personally and professionally, when she turned in her ex-cop father for his role in a murder. Her family can’t forgive her. Her fellow officers no longer trust her. So when detective Leo Hammond turns up dead in a bizarre murder, Annalisa thinks she has nothing to lose by investigating whatever secrets he hid behind the thin blue line.

Annalisa quickly zeroes in on someone who had good reason to want Hammond a wealthy, fast-talking car salesman who’d gotten away with murder once and wasn’t about to let Hammond take a second shot. Moe Bocks remains the number one suspect in his girlfriend’s brutal unsolved death, and now he’s got a new woman in his sights―Annalisa’s best friend.

Annalisa is desperate to protect her friend and force Bocks to pay, either for Hammond’s death or his earlier crime. But when no one else believes the connection, she takes increasingly risky chances to reveal the truth. Because both Hammond and Bocks had secrets to die for, and if she doesn’t untangle them soon, Annalisa will be next.


Turning in her disabled father, an ex-cop, for his role in covering up a murder from two decades ago, has left detective Annalisa Vega someone not quite trusted by her fellow officers. However, a new case needs to be worked on and Annalisa must trust her fellow cops. At the same time, a cold case from two decades before also has Annalisa busier than ever.

This second book in the Detective Annalisa Vega series was a captivating read. Annalisa is one determined cop. Placing herself in danger comes with the job as far as she is concerned. Just like the first book in the series, Dead and Gone, there are personal and professional relationships that are stretched to the limit in this book. 

Following reading the first book, I went right on to read this one and was pulled in right from the very start. It is very easy to love Annalisa and I am moving right on to books three and four in the series, Dead and Gone and  All the Way Gone.

Many thanks to Minotaur Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Joanna Schaffhausen wields a mean scalpel, skills she 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 as a scientific editor in the field of drug development. Prior to that, she was an editorial producer 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.

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