The Last Kid Left (audiobook)

Read by Xe Sands
14.1 hrs • 12 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 06/06/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 06/06/17 9781538420935
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 06/06/17 9781538420959
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Playaway Playaway: Playaway editions are a pre loaded audio device that is half the size of deck of cards. Simply plugin headphones and listen. 
- 06/06/17 9781538437308
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A Wall Street Journal Pick of Best New Fiction

An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Month

An NPR Pick for 2017 Pick of most anticipated books of 2017

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.

Review Quotes

“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.”