• Hardcover: 384 pages
• Publisher: Harper; Reissue edition (November 29, 2011)
Discover the first novel in New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman’s outstanding Tess Monaghan series! When a former Baltimore reporter must solve the murder of a notorious attorney, she discovers Charm City is rife with dark, sordid, and dangerous secrets.
In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz’s death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer’s notoriety—and his taste for illicit midday trysts—make the case front-page news in every local paper except the Star, which crashed and burned before Abramowitz did.
A former Star reporter who knows every inch of this town—from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill—now-unemployed journalist Tess Monaghan also knows the guy the cops like for the killing: cuckolded fiancé Darryl “Rock” Paxton. The time is ripe for a career move, so when rowing buddy Rock wants to hire her to do some unorthodox snooping to help clear his name, Tess agrees.
But there are lethal secrets hiding in the Charm City shadows. And Tess’s own name could end up on that ever-expanding list of Baltimore dead.
Since her debut in 1997, Laura Lippman has been heralded for her thoughtful, timely crime novels set in her beloved hometown of Baltimore. She is the author of twenty works of fiction, including eleven Tess Monaghan mysteries. She lives in Baltimore, New Orleans, and New York City with her family.
Laura’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, January 20th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, January 21st: she treads softly
Thursday, January 22nd: Kritters Rambling
Monday, January 26th: Reading Reality
Tuesday, January 27th: Drey’s Library
Wednesday, January 28th: 5 Minutes For Books
Thursday, January 29th: FictionZeal
Tuesday, February 3rd: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Wednesday, February 4th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, February 5th: Colloquium
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