In Long, Bright River by Liz Moore, Michaela “Mickey” Fitzpatrick patrols the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington. She fears each day that the next overdose victim located on the streets will be her sister, Kacey Fitzpatrick. To make matters worse, there has been a rash of women killed by strangulation in the area. A source tells Mickey that a police officer is responsible for the killings. Mickey searches for information about her sister, who has not been seen for a month. At the same time, she tries to identify the killer. Themes in the novel include the impacts of drug addiction, corruption among police, and nature versus nurture in determining a person’s future life.