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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 clientsAan elderly man known as the Butcher of Butchers Hill and a highly successful female professional fund-raiserApresent 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.
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Laura Lippman was a newspaper reporter at the Baltimore Sun for twelve years. Her Tess Monaghan novels -- The Last Place, The Sugar House, Baltimore Blues, Charm City, Butchers Hill, and In Big Trouble -- have won the Edgar, Agatha, Shamus, Anthony, and Nero Wolfe Awards, and In a Strange City was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel Every Secret Thing. Lippman lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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