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Author: Rosecrans Baldwin Narrator: Xe Sands Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781538420997
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When a scandalous small-town crime goes viral, a teen girl takes center stage in the story of a twenty-first-century Puritan witch hunt.

The Last Kid Left begins when a car smashes into a sculpture of a giant cowgirl. The police find two bodies in the trunk. Nineteen-year-old Nick Toussaint Jr. is arrested for murder, and after details of the crime rip across the Internet, his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Emily Portis—a sheltered teen who’s been off the grid until now, her first romance coinciding with her first cell phone—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 on to 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 secret.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Baldwin drives a modern murder mystery in The Last Kid Left.

    Vanity Fair

  • “The opening chapter dramatizing Nick’s arrest is a barnburner.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A close study of the unknowability of human behavior. But in its portrayal of adolescents roughed up by police, parents, and media, it arrives at a common truth: ‘How mostly horrible life is prior to nineteen.’”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Follows a crime and its aftermath, as well as how its reception by a wider audience shapes perceptions of both.”

    Vol. 1 Brooklyn

  • “Virtuoso bursts of language and characterization and insight…But Baldwin isn’t done. He’s barely getting started.”


  • “Just the thing for compulsive mystery lovers."

    School Library Journal

  • “[A] well-crafted mystery…Readers who like plenty of character analysis in their crime fiction will be satisfied.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] finely wrought thriller. Baldwin’s novel steers clear of tidy endings, remaining faithful to delivering a story that ebbs and flows with the messiness of real life.”


  • Pick of most anticipated books of 2017
  • An NPR Pick for 2017
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Month
  • A Wall Street Journal Pick of Best New Fiction

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About the Author

Rosecrans Baldwin is the author of Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down (one of GQ’s Best Books of 2012) and You Lost Me There (a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice). His Kindle-edition article, “Our French Connection,” was selected as a Notable Essay for “Best American Essays 2013.” He is a cofounder of the online magazine The Morning News.

About the Narrator

Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of the Nightwalkers series from Jaquelyn Frank. She has received several honors, including AudioFile Earphones Awards and a coveted Audie Award, and she was named Favorite Debut Romance Narrator of 2011 in the Romance Audiobooks poll.