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No sooner has Tess Monaghan hung her p.i.-for-hire shingle outside her new office on Butchers Hill when in walks Luther Beale. The notorious vigilante who shot a boy for vandalizing his car five years ago, Luther has just gotten out of prison and wants to make amends, he says, to the kids who witnessed his crime. He needs to find them first, and that’s where Tess comes in.
But once she starts snooping, the witnesses start dying. Like it or not, she’s gotten herself embroiled in a case that could have devastating repercussions for Tess, the city she treasures, and the young lives a corrupt system heartlessly destroys—as she follows a nasty trail of lies, money, and murder that winds from Baltimore’s darkest corners all the way back to Butchers Hill.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Lippman's writing continues to improve. She does a wonderful job of letting her characters age and learn from life, and the actual "mystery" is better than the two... Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2001 by Kristin Brown
what else is there to say. i'd like to be kind, but give me a break. this is a stinking book and a waste of time. to think that this thing won an award. Geez! Read morePublished on June 8 2001 by doggylad
If you like your mysteries to be more than the cozy, sicky sweet variety, this series is for you. I don't understand about the previous reviewer's reference to bias. Read morePublished on April 30 2001
My favorite character in the Tess series is Baltimore. Lippman carefully maps out a city every bit as complex as any of the human characters. Read morePublished on July 5 2000 by V.T. Too
Is it my imagination, or are my favorite paperback authors writing faster while the books get weaker? Read morePublished on June 13 2000
After reading over half of this book I was wondering why keep going. I thought this award winning book would get much better. It did not.Published on May 31 2000 by Harold
Why did this book receive an Agatha Award? This is certainly not great writing. I can think of many writers whose least effort outclasses this work- Colin Dexter, Ross MacDonald,... Read morePublished on May 14 2000
This book presents an uninteresting, unrealistic and poorly developed story with shallow and transparent characters. The story line seems driven by a political point of view. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2000