#BookReview “The Things That Last Forever: A Vic Lenoski Mystery” by Peter W. J. Hayes

On Tour: January 1 – February 28, 2021


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4/5 Stars!

Vic Lenoski’s life nose-dived when his teenage daughter, Dannie, was taken. Clues to her whereabouts led him nowhere. He lost himself inside a bottle, and his wife, Anne, moved out.

As the seasoned detective fights to reclaim his life, new information leads him to the woman who may know where his daughter is. But it was a setup and Vic arrives in time to catch the woman, Cora Stills, or save his partner, Liz, trapped inside a burning house.

As he recuperates from the injuries he sustained saving Liz, Vic has too many questions and no answers. Who tipped Cora off? Why isn’t there a major investigation into the attempted murder of a cop? Why is the DA trying to dial down the murder of a crooked public defender? Will he ever catch up to Cora again and find Dannie?

A cop who believes in the letter of the law, Vic will skirt the fringes of what’s ethically and morally right to find his daughter. Following leads and his instincts, he will travel from Pittsburgh to North Dakota and find out the depths of the human trafficking ring, and the truth about his daughter.

As much a character study as it is a suspenseful mystery, The Things That Last Forever is a page-turner from the beginning. With the deck stacked purposely against him, Vic must do the wrong things for the right reasons… not just to bring his daughter home, but to find the truth. He knows his life will never go back to the way it was before, but he needs to heal his soul.

The ending is bittersweet and satisfying, and realistic, and helps to make this a read that will stay with you long after the last page.





After a house fire hospitalizes his partner and forces him onto medical leave, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police detective Vic Lenoski starts a desperate search for the woman who set the blaze. She is the one person who knows what happened to his missing teenage daughter, but as a fugitive, she’s disappeared so thoroughly no one can find her.

Risking his job and the wrath of the district attorney, Vic resorts to bargaining with criminal suspects for new leads, many of which point to North Dakota. He flies there, only to discover he is far from everything he knows, and his long-cherished definitions of good and bad are fading as quickly as his leads. His only chance is one last audacious roll of the dice. Can he stay alive long enough to discover the whereabouts of his daughter and rebuild his life? Or is everything from his past lost forever?

“The mystery plot itself is riveting…a captivating and emotionally intelligent crime drama.” — Kirkus Reviews

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery: Police Procedural

Published by: Level Best Books

Publication Date: August 1, 2020

Number of Pages: 294

ISBN: 978-1-947915-56-5

Series: A Vic Lenoski Mystery; Pittsburgh Trilogy #3 || Each is a Stand Alone Mystery

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

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