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Reissued in excellent new cover style alongside CHARM CITY Published simultaneously with EVERY SECRET THING - new in paperback Great location, a cast of strong characters, a feisty female PI and an original voice mark this out as an excellent series Laura Lippman has won an astonishing fourteen awards for her novels including the Anthony and the Agatha Awards for best paperback original, and the Edgar and the Shamus Awards The critics on Laura Lippman: 'A deliciously complex story ... deserving of all the kudos she's received' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 'The story flows easily, the dialogue is realistic and the characters sharply drawn' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'A wonderful piece of engaged and engaging writing: focused, attentive, smart - [a] feast of a book' WASHINGTON POST 'Skilfully plotted with an unexpected denouement' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Full of insight, humanity and good writing' MORNING STAR 'One of the most polished and consistently interesting writers of detective fiction today' ECONOMIST 'Ably demonstrates why Lippman has been sweeping up the American crime awards. A gripping sense of place and a great new sleuthette make this a page-turner' GUARDIAN

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Laura Lippman is a reporter and lives in Baltimore. Her Tess Monaghan novels have won numerous awards, including the Shamus, the Edgar, the Anthony and the Agatha awards.

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Tess Monaghan leaves her job as a newspaper reporter and becomes a PI in Laura Lippman's Butchers Hill (Avon. 1998. ISBN 978-0-380-79846-9. pap. $6.99). Her first client is Luther Beale, imprisoned for killing a young man he caught vandalizing his car. Beale has recently been released and is looking to make amends. So why are the witnesses to the crime starting to die? This novel was inspired by a real-life Baltimore homicide in which a man shot and killed a 13-year-old boy for throwing rocks at his vehicle. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Tess Monaghan, newspaperwoman turned sleuth, makes it official with a new business as a PI in a run-down section of Baltimore, Butchers Hill. Her first clientsÄan elderly man known as the Butcher of Butchers Hill and a highly successful female professional fund-raiserÄpresent the first dilemma. Tess needs a cover, reluctantly supplied by Client 2, in order to get access to information on the ghetto for Client 1. The process of finding diverse missing persons starts Monaghan and her two black clients on sometimes prickly discourse involving race. As in Baltimore Blues and Charm City, dialogue is on the mark, accompanied by lively observations about female entrepreneurship, adoption, foster home rackets, and quirky Baltimore natives and neighborhoods. A bittersweet, perfectly plausible ending winds things up. (July)

As in Baltimore Blues and Charm City, dialogue is on the mark, accompanied by lively observations about female entrepreneurship, adoption, foster home rackets, and quirky Baltimore natives and neighborhoods. A bittersweet, perfectly plausible ending winds things up * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY *
One of America's most important literary voices * IRISH TIMES *
Laura Lippman continues to push the envelope of modern crime-writing -- Harlan Coben
Lippman is a writing powerhouse * USA TODAY *
Every time Laura Lippman comes out with a new book, I get chills because I know I am back in the hands of the master. She is simply a brilliant novelist, an unflinching chronicler of life in America right now -- Gillian Flynn
One of the best novelists around, period * WASHINGTON POST *
Lippman has enriched literature as a whole * CHICAGO SUN-TIMES *
Lippman is the closest writer America has to Ruth Rendell -- Stephen King
Laura Lippman is among the select group of novelists who have invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work -- George Pelecanos
Ably demonstrates why Lippman has been sweeping up the American crime awards. A gripping sense of place and a great new sleuthette make this a page-turner * GUARDIAN *

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