Roxane Weary

Created by Kristen Lepionka

As the late, great Warren Zevon might have put it, Columbus, Ohio gumshoe ROXANE WEARY's shit is fucked up. Fortunately, she's a touch more interesting than most of her contemporaries...

Along with the usual angles to dangle (mommy issues, daddy issues, sibling issues, substance abuse issues, a dubious diet, etc.), rookie author Lepionka tosses in a decidedly modern one: sexual preference issues. It may be a coldly calculated move on the author's part, but Roxane's bisexual version of torn between two lovers, while not the main attraction, adds a welcome spritz of freshness to the proceedings.

Lepionka does this by making Roxane, despite her numerous flaws, somehow likable and maybe even *GASP!* identifiable.

We WANT her to clean up her life.

We WANT her to crack the case.

Her first appearance, The Last Place You Look (2017), was a pleasant surpise -- one of the more promising debuts I've read lately, and if the author's not breaking much new ground in this one at least she's paving the road with some sharp writing and good intentions, picking at the scabs of familial discord, small-town secrets, and old prejudices of class and race, and bringing them all home with a solid emotional thump.

Raise a glass of Crown Royal (Roxane's tipple of choice) to the new kid in town.


  • "... reminds me of everything that made me fall in love with PI fiction. A great character, a vivid setting, a twisty, timely story that happens to be beautifully written. Kristen Lepionka and Roxane Weary are the best things to happen to the genre in years."

-- Laura Lippman on What You Want to See



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