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Laura Lippman - Author

About the Author

Laura Lippman has been awarded every major prize in crime fiction. Since the publication of What the Dead Know, each of her hardcovers has hit the New York Times bestseller list. A recent recipient of the first-ever Mayor's Prize, she lives in Baltimore, New Orleans and New York City with her family.

Author photo © Jan Cobb

Maxim Jakubowski's view on TESS MONAGHAN...

Tess, like her creator Laura Lippman, started off as a journalist in Baltimore, before their career paths diverged and she became a private eye. A modern heroine, with guts and a strong sense of social compassion, she has appeared in 12 novels to date; ANOTHER THINGS TO FALL sees Tess detecting on the set of a TV series, a milieu Lippman knows well as her husband David Simon is the man behind THE WIRE.

Featured books by Laura Lippman

After I'm Gone

After I'm Gone

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2015

When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette 'Bambi' Gottschalk at a dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi's world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes. Though Bambi has no idea where her husband - or his money - might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie. When Julie herself disappears ten years to the day that Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she's left to join her -old lover - until her remains are found in a secluded wooded park. Now, twenty-six years after Julie went missing, Roberto 'Sandy' Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web of bitterness, jealously, resentment and greed stretching over the three decades and three generations that connect these five very different women. And at the center of every woman's story is the man who, though long gone, has never been forgotten: the enigmatic Felix Brewer.

After I'm Gone

After I'm Gone

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2014

New York Times best seller Laura Lippman returns with a classic story of murder and mystery, in which one man's disappearance echoes through the lives of his wife, daughters - and mistress. When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette 'Bambi' Gottschalk at a Valentine's Dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative if not always legal businesses, she and their three -little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi's world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes. Though Bambi has no idea where her husband - or his money - might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie. When Julie herself disappears ten years to the day that Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she's left to join her -old lover - until her remains are found in a secluded wooded park. Now, twenty-six years after Julie went missing, Roberto 'Sandy' Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web of bitterness, jealously, resentment and greed stretching over the three decades and three generations that connect these five very different women. And at the center of every woman's story is the man who, though long gone, has never been forgotten: the enigmatic Felix Brewer. Somewhere between the secrets and lies connecting past and present, Sandy could find the explosive truth...

Other books by Laura Lippman

Liza Jane & The Dragon

Liza Jane & The Dragon

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Weaker Sex

Weaker Sex

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2018

Men in Laura Lippman's haunting and suspenseful stories can be terrified witnesses, unwitting victims, or bemused perpetrators. In Pony Girl and Black-Eyed Susan, young African-American men find themselves bystanders to horrific crimes central to local celebrations. In What He Needed, a happily married magazine editor recounts the end of her marriage to a depressed, possibly dangerous husband. A Good Fuck Spoiled reveals a man terrified by a mistress he never meant to have. And in Easy as A-B-C, a Baltimore contractor offers a new spin on Edgar Allan Poes The Tell-Tale Heart when he falls for a client who hires him to build a wine cellar in her basement. Available singly or as a collection.

Nasty Girls

Nasty Girls

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2018

Meet some of the most dangerous women master of psychological suspense Laura Lippman has ever created in works so dark that her husband observed that most of her short stories center on betrayals between men and women. These stories include a senior citizen porn star (Femme Fatale); two twenty-somethings deranged by calorie deprivation (The Crack Cocaine Diet); a petulant tourist deceived by love in Dublin (Honor Bar); and a mysterious Good Samaritan-hobbyist (Dear Penthouse Forum (A First Draft)). Available singly or as a collection.

Hints of Heloise

Hints of Heloise

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/08/2018

Heloise is a suburban madam who flies under the radar in her affluent Maryland community by claiming shes a lobbyist. Featured in Laura Lippmans novel And When She Was Good, Heloise first appeared in two short stories, One True Love and Scratch a Woman. In a third story, Form 95, a police detective spins a web that not even the vigilant Heloise suspects. Available singly or as a collection.

Different for Girls

Different for Girls

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/07/2018

Laura Lippman has long been fascinated by the dangerous vulnerability of teenage girls. In The Babysitter's Codethe inspiration for her critically acclaimed novel, To the Power of Threean adolescent girl decides to take a gun to school. In Hardly Knew Her, Lippman's homage to Carson McCullers The Member of the Wedding, a tomboy learns that growing up means learning how to lie and deceive. And in Ice*a prequel to The Most Dangerous Thinga young girl is literally haunted by a child who drowned in a mysterious accident. Available singly or as a collection.

Sunburn

Sunburn

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

'Sunburn is [Lippman's] dark, gleaming noir gem. Read it.' GILLIAN FYNN Nominated for the CWA Gold Dagger, 2018 Meet Polly, which may or may not be her real name, this year's most dangerous leading lady... They meet by chance in a local bar in a small town in Delaware. Polly is heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays and so does he - drawn to this mysterious redhead who unnerves and excites him. Over the course of one hot summer, they abandon themselves to a steamy affair. But each holds back something from the other - dangerous, even lethal, secrets . . .

Tess Chronicles

Tess Chronicles

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 05/06/2018

Laura Lippman's beloved Baltimore private investigator, Tess Monaghan, has been featured in several short stories, including Ropa Vieja, The Shoeshine Man's Regrets, and The Book Thing*. Another story, The Every Day Housewife, provides the first look into the inner life of Tess's mother as a young newlywed in the 1970s. As a bonus, there is also a "e;profile"e; of Tessbylined by former journalist Laura Lippman-that appeared in the award-winning anthology, The Line-Up. Available singly or as a collection.

Five Fires

Five Fires

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2018

Everyone in small-town Bellville is talking about a series of mysterious fires disrupting the typically tranquil summer. The authorities attribute them to heat lightning, but some Belleville residents are not so sureHigh-school student Beth, like everyone else in Belleville, has been following the fires she has plenty of time between her monotonous day job at the deli and solitary nights at home while her mom works late. The fires arent the only unusual occurrence Beths old friend Tara, who left town the year before after a mysterious incident, returns with no real explanation. Circumstances only get stranger when Beth unwittingly discovers clues as to what or who is the cause of the fires.

Sunburn

Sunburn

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

'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, and Sunburn is her dark, gleaming noir gem. Read it.' Gillian Flynn 'Extraordinary . . . full of just-one-more chapter, stay-up-late suspense, but packed too with nuance, subtlety, observation and humanity.' Lee Child 'Note-perfect noir ... not to be missed.' Megan Abbott What kind of woman walks out on her family? Gregg knows. The kind of woman he picked up in a bar three years ago precisely because she had that kind of wildcat energy. And now she's vanished - at least from the life that he and his kid will live. We'll follow her, to a new town, a new job, and a new friend, who thinks he has her figured. So who is this woman who calls herself Polly? How many times has she disappeared before? And who are the shadowy figures so interested in her whereabouts? Laura Lippman's brilliant new novel - Anne Tyler's Ladder of Years as if written by James M. Cain - will ensnare you in the life of one of crime fiction's most unforgettable heroines.

Sunburn

Sunburn

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 27/02/2018

'Sunburn is [Lippman's] dark, gleaming noir gem. Read it.' GILLIAN FYNNNominated for the CWA Gold Dagger, 2018Meet Polly, which may or may not be her real name, this year's most dangerous leading lady...They meet by chance in a local bar in a small town in Delaware. Polly is heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays and so does he - drawn to this mysterious redhead who unnerves and excites him. Over the course of one hot summer, they abandon themselves to a steamy affair. But each holds back something from the other - dangerous, even lethal, secrets . . .

Life Sentences

Life Sentences

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 15/09/2016

A writer discovers the truth about her past in this haunting and multi-layered thriller from the multi-award-winning New York Times bestseller. What if you found out that the central story of your life was a lie?A successful writer returns to her hometown of Baltimore on the hunt for new material and stumbles into the middle of a mystery which takes her back to her schooldays. Former classmate Callie Jenkins hit the headlines when she was jailed for 7 years having refused to give up the whereabouts of her missing child. But why did she remain silent? And whatever happened to the little boy?Cassandra thinks she can find out. But in the course of her investigation she finds out that her own history might be far from the truth...

Wilde Lake

Wilde Lake

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 05/07/2016

Winner of the eDunnit Award (Best crime novel in e book) 2017'Wilde Lake is a knockout.' Stephen King'Intriguing premise, stunning reveal, irresistible read.' Val McDermid'Wilde Lake is a standout novel: an intelligent, emotional, satisfying mystery that explores huge themes in small-town microcosm, in the manner of To Kill A Mockingbird, the inspiration on which it reflects.' Alex Marwood'Wilde Lake is engrossing, suspenseful and substantial.' Scott TurowLuisa 'Lu' Brant is the newly elected - and first female - state's attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her revered father famously served. Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she sees an opportunity to make her name by trying a mentally disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death in her home. As Lu prepares for the trial, the case dredges up painful memories, reminding her small but tight-knit family of the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man's life. Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Now, Lu wonders if the events of 1980 happened as she remembers them. What details might have been withheld from her when she was a child?The more she learns about the case, the more questions arise. Propelled into the past, she discovers that the legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers and that the truth might be a dangerous thing to learn.

Every Secret Thing

Every Secret Thing

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 09/02/2016

It is early evening, summer time and hot. Two eleven-year-old girls, Alice and Ronnie, are on their way home from a swimming party when they happen to see a baby's stroller, with baby girl sleeping inside, left unattended on the top step of a house. Ronnie says to Alice: 'We have to take care of this baby.' But what exactly does she mean? Four days later the body of little Olivia Barnes is discovered in a hut in Baltimore's rambling Leakin Park by a young rookie detective, Nancy Porter. What can have happened in those four days to bring about this appalling crime? The girls are arrested and found guilty. Seven years later Ronnie and Alice, now eighteen, are released from their separate prisons, back into their old neighbourhood where the mother of baby Olivia still lives. Another child goes missing, and Nancy Porter and her partner get the case ...

Hush Hush A Tess Monaghan Novel

Hush Hush A Tess Monaghan Novel

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2016

No one is quite who he or she seems. Hush Hush is the story of Melisandre - rich, beautiful, possibly insane - who has to live with the knowledge of a devastating event in her past. She has not seen her two daughters, now aged fifteen and seventeen, in the ten years since the notorious family tragedy. And her husband has moved on, married now to his personal trainer, and seemingly happy. As Melisandre returns to Baltimore from South Africa, however, there are suddenly more mysterious deaths. And quite what did happen all that time ago has never been clear - what role had each of the members of this unhappy family played? And is anyone telling the truth? Tess Monaghan, now the mother of a young girl herself, makes a return as the investigator who gets snared in the case. A hugely powerful and emotive novel about parents and children - about destructive parents who think they love their children and good parents whose children are the centre of their lives - it is also a superbly plotted mystery novel, one which will keep you hooked until the very final page.

After I'm Gone

After I'm Gone

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2015

When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette 'Bambi' Gottschalk at a dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi's world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes. Though Bambi has no idea where her husband - or his money - might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie. When Julie herself disappears ten years to the day that Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she's left to join her -old lover - until her remains are found in a secluded wooded park. Now, twenty-six years after Julie went missing, Roberto 'Sandy' Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web of bitterness, jealously, resentment and greed stretching over the three decades and three generations that connect these five very different women. And at the center of every woman's story is the man who, though long gone, has never been forgotten: the enigmatic Felix Brewer.

Last Place

Last Place

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

Private Investigator Tess Monaghan knows all about the darker side of human nature, not least from her days as a reporter. But she never expected to be on the receiving end of a court sentence to attend six months' counselling for Anger Management. Tess starts the counselling - but then her attention turns to a series of unsolved homicides. They appear to be overlooked cases of domestic violence. But the more Tess investigates, the more she is convinced that there is just one culprit.The Maryland State Police are sure that the serial killer Tess is now looking for is dead. So he can't be a threat. Can he? But he is very much alive and has found another victim to stalk: Tess.

By a Spider's Thread

By a Spider's Thread

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

Meet Tess Monaghan - ex-Baltimore Star reporter and accidental PI - as she investigates cases of murder, corruption and injustice in Charm City . . .P. I. Tess Monaghan breaks her 'no domestic disputes' rule when she takes on the case of Natalie Rubin, a middle-class wife and mother of three, who has vanished without trace and taken her young children with her. Her husband, Mark, is devastated - he thought they were happy - but Tess is left uneasy by his evident desire to control his wife. Was that the reason that she fled? In her search for Natalie and her children, Tess uncovers explosive secrets that the family has been hiding and the question remains, how far would they go to keep their secrets hidden forever? '[A] cracking good read.' Sunday Independent'Curl up with this gripping thriller.' Woman's Own

Hush Hush

Hush Hush

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 24/02/2015

The award-winning New York Times bestselling author of After Im Gone, The Most Dangerous Thing, Id Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know brings back private detective Tess Monaghan, introduced in the classic Baltimore Blues, in an absorbing mystery that plunges the new parent into a disturbing case involving murder and a manipulative mother.On a searing August day, Melisandre Harris Dawes committed the unthinkable: she left her two-month-old daughter locked in a car while she sat nearby on the shores of the Patapsco River. Melisandre was found not guilty by reason of criminal insanity, although there was much skepticism about her mental state. Freed, she left the country, her husband and her two surviving children, determined to start over.But now Melisandre has returned Baltimore to meet with her estranged teenage daughters and wants to film the reunion for a documentary. The problem is, she relinquished custody and her ex, now remarried, isnt sure he approves.Now thats shes a mother herselfshort on time, patienceTess Monaghan wants nothing to do with a woman crazy enough to have killed her own child. But her mentor and close friend Tyner Gray, Melisandres lawyer, has asked Tess and her new partner, retired Baltimore P.D. homicide detective Sandy Sanchez, to assess Melisandres security needs.As a former reporter and private investigator, Tess tries to understand why other people break the rules and the law. Yet the imperious Melisandre is something far different from anyone shes encountered. A decade ago, a judge ruled that Melisandre was beyond rational thought. But was she? Tess tries to ignore the discomfort she feels around the confident, manipulative Melisandre. But that gets tricky after Melisandre becomes a prime suspect in a murder.Yet as her suspicions deepen, Tess realizes that just as shes been scrutinizing Melisandre, a judgmental stalker has been watching her every move as well. . . .

In a Strange City

In a Strange City

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

Meet Tess Monaghan - ex-Baltimore Star reporter and accidental PI - as she investigates cases of murder, corruption and injustice in Charm City . . . Three red roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac have been left on the grave of Edgar Allan Poe every 19th of January for the past fifty years. Baltimore P. I. Tess Monaghan takes on the strangest case of her career when a man approaches her asking her to find out who is behind the ritual. On 19th January, as she watches Poe's grave, two cloaked figures appear, there is a gunshot, and one is killed. Who was the mysterious client who has given her a fake name, and how does an old friend from Tess's past fit into the case? Only Tess can get to the truth, but as things get more complicated can she solve it in time? 'A plot worthy of Poe himself. Splendid entertainment.' Guardian

Sugar House

Sugar House

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

Tess Monaghan's life is back on course. She is beginning to make a name for herself as a PI, she's even banking good money. And then her father asks her a favour: to investigate the death in prison of a friend's brother convicted of killing an unidentified girl, otherwise known as "e;Jane Doe"e;. Tess's search leads her to "e;the Sugar House"e;, a brutal institution where she discovers Jane Doe's real identity. And then Tess's father begs her to drop the case . . . It is not until her parents' house is set on fire and a body pulled from the wreckage, that she realises that her life may have taken a very wrong turning indeed - one from which there is no going back...

In Big Trouble

In Big Trouble

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

Meet Tess Monaghan - ex-Baltimore Star reporter and accidental PI - as she investigates cases of murder, corruption and injustice in Charm City . . .What would you do if the man you'd loved and lost was suddenly on the front page of the newspaper under the heading: IN BIG TROUBLE?If you're Tess Monaghan, P. I., then you go searching for answers, even if they reopen painful wounds and could lead you into the path of a deadly killer. 'Tess is a heroine with a nose for what she is not being told, and she is never content with half the story. These Baltimore novels are effective thrillers, because they are stories about wanting to know what happens next.' Times Literary Supplement

Butchers Hill

Butchers Hill

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 13/01/2015

Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her sign as a private investigator for hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it's not the greatest address in Baltimore, but you've got to start somewhere. Then in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalising his car. Just out of prison, he wants to make reparations to the kids who witnessed his crime, so he needs Tess to find them. But once she starts snooping, the witnesses start dying. Is the 'Butcher of Butchers Hill' at it again? Like it or not, Tess is embroiled in a case that encompasses the powers-that-be, a heartless system that has destroyed the lives of children, and a nasty trail of money and lies leading all the way back to Butchers Hill.

Charm City

Charm City

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 13/01/2015

As a practised reporter until her newspaper went to that great pressroom in the sky, PI Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular local sport. Business tycoon 'Wink' Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball back to town, and everybody's rooting for him - until a devastating, muckraking expose of his lurid past appears on the front page of the BALTIMORE BEACON-LIGHT. It's a surprise even to the newspaper's editors, who thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who's found in his garage with the car running. Tess is hired to find the unknown computer hacker who planted the lethal story - but it doesn't take long for her to discover deeper, darker secrets...

Baltimore Blues

Baltimore Blues

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 13/01/2015

Until her newspaper, The Baltimore Star, crashed, Tess Monaghan was a first-rate reporter who knew her home town intimately - from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill. Now gainfully unemployed at 29 she's willing to do any freelance job to pay the rent - including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy Darryl 'Rock' Paxton. In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the lawyer's notoriety, and his trysts with Rock's fiancee, make the case front page news - and make Rock the chief suspect ...

Der Buchbefreier

Der Buchbefreier

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2014

Tess Monaghan mag den ortlichen Buchladen mit seinen schonen Kinderbuchern, die sie am liebsten alle ihrer Tochter zu lesen geben mochte. Allerdings versteht sie nicht, warum Octavia, die Inhaberin, so unwirsch ist. Bis sie erfahrt, warum es Octavia die Laune verhagelt: Jeden Samstag stiehlt ein dreister Dieb einen Stapel kostbarer Kinderbucher und gefahrdet damit allmahlich die Existenz der Buchhandlerin. Genau das Richtige fur die couragierte Ermittlerin Tess, die der armen Octavia kostenlos ihre Dienste anbietet. Allerdings ist Tess mehr als uberrascht, als ihr so langsam das Motiv fur den Diebstahl dammert ... In den Storys der Reihe "e;Bibliomysteries"e; geht es immer um Kriminalflle, die im Zusammenhang mit Bchern stehen: mit alten Bchern, seltenen Manuskripten, unschtzbaren Stcken. Und natrlich geht es auch um diejenigen, die sie unbedingt haben wollen: Buchhndler, exzentrische Sammler, Bibliothekare, Buchliebhaber - oder einfach: Leser.

Book Thing

Book Thing

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2014

Tess Monaghan wants to like the Children's Bookstore. It's new, bright, friendly and packed with the kinds of books that she is dying for her daughter to fall in love with. But the owner's attitude stops her in her tracks. What kind of children's bookseller hates children?But Octavia, the owner, has a lot on her mind. Each Saturday, someone steals a stack of her most beautiful, most expensive children's books, and the expense threatens to force her fledgling store out of business. Luckily, Tess is not only a book lover - she's also a private investigator who doesn't mind working pro bono to help an independent bookshop. Her investigation will make Octavia smile for the first time in months - and uncover a crime more suitable for the mystery aisle than the children's section.

And When She Was Good

And When She Was Good

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2013

In the comfortable suburb where she lives, Heloise is just a mom, the youngish widow with a forgettable job who somehow never misses her son's soccer games or school plays. But in discrete hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams - if you can afford her hourly fee. For more than a decade, Heloise has believed her unorthodox life to be a safe one; rigidly compartmentalized, maintaining no real friendships and trusting very few people. But now this secret life is under siege. Her once oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions about her business. Her longtime protector is hinting at new, mysterious dangers. Her employees can no longer be trusted. Her ex, the one who doesn't know he's the father of her son, is appealing his life sentence. And, one county over, another so-called 'suburban madam' has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide... Can Heloise stay alive long enough to remake her life again, and save her son? Can she really expect to leave everything else behind?

Book Thing

Book Thing

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2013

Short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authorsA thief targets a local bookstore and it will take a bibliophile PI to save the shopTess Monaghan wants to like the Children's Bookstore. It's bright, cozy, and packed with the kinds of books that she is dying for her daughter to fall in love with. But no matter how badly she wants to support this adorable local business, the owner's attitude stops her in her tracks. What kind of children's bookseller hates children?What's eating Octavia, the grouchy owner, is more than the pressures of running a small business. Each Saturday, someone steals a stack of her priciest, most beautiful children's books, and the expense threatens to force her fledgling store out of business. Luckily, Tess is more than a book lovershe's a private investigator who doesn't mind working pro bono to help out an independent bookshop. Her simple act of kindness will make Octavia smile for the first time in monthsand uncover a crime more suitable for the mystery aisle than the children's section.

And When She Was Good

And When She Was Good

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2012

Laura Lippmans stories arent just mysteries; they are deeply moving explorations of the human heart. She is quite simply one of the best crime novelists writing today.Tess Gerritsen, author of The Mephisto ClubAlready praised as a writing powerhouse (USA Today) and among the select group of novelists who have invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work (George Pelecanos), New York Times bestseller Laura Lippman is constantly sending reviewers back to their thesauruses in search of new and greater accolades. Her brilliant stand-alone novel, And When She Was Good, only reinforces the fact that she stands tall among todays bestselling eliteincluding Kate Atkinson, Tana French, Jodi Picoult, and Harlan Coben (who raves, I love her books!) Based on her acclaimed, multi-award-nominated short story Scratch a Woman, And When She Was Good is the powerfully gripping, intensely emotional story of a suburban madam, a convicted murderer whose sentence is about to be overturned, and the child they will both do anything to keep. Lippman has already won virtually every prize the mystery genre has to offerthe Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, and Nero Wolfe Awards, to name but a few. Theyll now have to invent a few new awards just to keep up with her.

Innocents

Innocents

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 05/07/2012

A story of troubled adults, tormented by a secret they shared as children. STAND BY ME meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES. `As five we were mighty, the points on a star...Once we five joined, it was never boys against girls...Two of our triangles cut themselves off and ran away together, and we were never whole again. Never.'Years ago, they were the best of friends. But as time passed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past - and the terrible lies they shared. But now Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the five, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time in years. Could their long-ago lie be the reason for their troubles today? Is it more dangerous to admit to what they'd done or is it the strain of keeping the secret that is beginning to wear down on their souls. Dark, provocative and beautifully written, Laura Lippman's genre defying novel will appeal to fans of Lionel Shriver, Megan Abbott and Kate Atkinson.

In Big Trouble

In Big Trouble

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2012

First as a reporter and then as a PI, Tess Monaghan has learned how to survive and thrive on the streets of Baltimore. But a new case will force her to confront her own past, and a man she loved and lost. It starts when she gets a newspaper photograph of her old boyfriend with a tantalizing shard of headline attached: In Big Trouble. The answers lie far from Baltimore, deep in a world of good-time music, old-fashioned ambition, and rich people's games. For Tess must find out what happened to a man she thought she knew, to a woman who may have changed him forever, and to the victims of a killer who dances to a different-and deadly-drummer.

Accidental Detective and other stories: Short Story Collection

Accidental Detective and other stories: Short Story Collection

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/06/2012

Nine deliciously dark, funny and twisted short stories from one of America's top crime writers.EXCLUSIVE EBOOK EDITION ALSO INCLUDES A FREE EXTRACT FROM LAURA'S FORTHCOMING NOVEL THE INNOCENTS.If you haven't discovered Laura Lippman yet, delve into these nine ingenious tales and read an exclusive extract from Laura's latest novel The Innocents.Within this collection, Laura Lippman takes us from Dublin in 'Honor Bar' to Washington D.C. in 'ARM and the Woman' and to New Orleans in 'Pony Girl.' Other higlights include a rare interview with Tess (of Laura' popular Tess Monaghan series) in 'The Accidental Detective.'Sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous and always filled with shocking twists and turns, expect the unexpected...If you enjoy this collection, why not try 'Femme Fatale and other stories'. Also available now as an exclusive ebook short story collection.

Femme Fatale and other stories

Femme Fatale and other stories

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/06/2012

Seven deliciously dark, funny and twisted short stories from one of America's top crime writers.EXCLUSIVE EBOOK EDITION ALSO INCLUDES A FREE EXTRACT FROM LAURA'S FORTHCOMING NOVEL THE INNOCENTS.If you haven't discovered Laura Lippman yet, delve into these seven ingenious tales and read an exclusive extract from Laura's latest novel The Innocents.In this short story collection we are taken back to richly drawn 1975 where we meet Sofia and her degenerate gambling father in 'Hardly Knew Her'; and in 'Femme Fatale' we are introduced to sixty-eight year old Mona who suddenly finds herself in a rather surprising situation.Sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous and always filled with shocking twists and turns, expect the unexpected...If you enjoy this collection, why not try 'The Accidental Detective and other stories'. Also available now as an exclusive ebook short story collection.

Don't Look Back

Don't Look Back

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2011

Eliza Benedict's past returns to haunt her when the serial killer she escaped from as a young girl walks back into her life. The new nail-shredding novel from New York Times bestseller, Laura Lippman. 25 years ago, he stole her innocence. Now he wants to get in touch. Eliza Benedict cherishes her quiet existence with her successful husband and children in the leafy suburbs of suburban Washington. But her tranquillity is shattered when she receives a letter from the last person she ever expects - or wants - to hear from: Walter Bowman. In the summer of 1985 when she was fifteen-years-old, Eliza was kidnapped by serial killer Walter Bowman, who targeted young girls like Eliza in a sexually motivated killing spree. Now facing lethal injection on death row, Walter is keen to make contact with Eliza, seemingly motivated by a desire to atone for his sins before he finally meets his maker. Carefully, with some reluctance, she lets Walter enter her life, first by letter, then in person. Walter is keen to convince Eliza that he has changed but it becomes clear that Walter has more of an agenda than he first revealed. Cunning and manipulative, Walter is never more dangerous than when he can't get what he wants, and he wants something very badly. Disturbingly, he seems to have an ally working in the outside, one who seems to know everything about Eliza's life - including where she lives. As Walter once again manages to exert his malign influence, Eliza must draw on all of her reserves of wisdom and strength as the battle of predator and prey once more plays out and she must face the past head on if she is to survive. A taut and mesmerizing novel by the highly-acclaimed author of Life Sentences and Every Secret Thing.

Girl in the Green Raincoat

Girl in the Green Raincoat

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 18/01/2011

Lippman is a writing powerhouse. USA TodayI love her books. Harlan CobenNew York Times bestselling author Laura Lippmanwinner of the Edgar Award and every other major literary prize given for mystery and crime fictionembroils Baltimore p.i. Tess Monaghan in the strange case of The Girl in the Green Raincoat. Originally serialized in the New York Times, The Girl in the Green Raincoat is now in book form for the very first timea masterful thriller in the Alfred Hitchcock mode that places a very pregnant, homebound Tess in the center of a murderous puzzle that could cost her her life and the life of her unborn child.

I'd Know You Anywhere

I'd Know You Anywhere

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 17/08/2010

Laura Lippman is among the select group of novelists who have invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work.George PelecanosLippmans taut, mesmerizing, and exceptionally smart drama of predator and prey is at once unusually sensitive and utterly compelling.BooklistLaura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of What the Dead Know, Life Sentences, and the acclaimed Tess Monaghan p.i. series, delivers a stunning stand-alone novel that explores the lasting effects on lives touched by crime. With Id Know You Anywhere, Lippmanmaster of mystery and psychological suspense, winner of every major literary prize given for crime fiction, including the Edgar, Agatha, and Nero Wolfe Awardstells a gripping and richly textured tale of a young woman whose life dangerously entwines once again with a man on Death Row who had kidnapped her when she was a teenager. This is superior mystery writing in the vein of Kate Atkinson.

Charm City

Charm City

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2010

PI Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular sport. Business tycoon Wink Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball to town-until a devastating expose appears in the Baltimore Beacon Light. The newspaper's editors thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who's found dead in his garage. Tess is hired to find the unknown hacker who planted the lethal story.

Life Sentences

Life Sentences

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/03/2009

A writer discovers the truth about her past in this haunting and multi-layered thriller from the multi-award-winning New York Times bestseller. What if you found out that the central story of your life was a lie? A successful writer returns to her hometown of Baltimore on the hunt for new material and stumbles into the middle of a mystery which takes her back to her schooldays. Former classmate Callie Jenkins hit the headlines when she was jailed for 7 years having refused to give up the whereabouts of her missing child. But why did she remain silent? And whatever happened to the little boy? Cassandra thinks she can find out. But in the course of her investigation she finds out that her own history might be far from the truth...

Life Sentences

Life Sentences

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2009

From its gripping opening pagesLife Sentences may be the most absorbing, entertaining mystery published in the last year.Boston GlobeUSA Today calls Laura Lippman, A writing powerhouse, and Life Sentences powerfully confirms it. Past and present, truth and memory collide in this searing novel from a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have won virtually every major prize bestowed for crime fictionfrom the Edgar to the Anthony to the Agatha to the Nero Wolfe Award. As she did in her blockbuster What the Dead Know, Lippman takes a brief hiatus from her popular series character, Baltimore p.i. Tess Monaghan, to tell a riveting story of deceptions and dangerously fragile truths that People magazine says, Succeeds brilliantly.

ARM and the Woman

ARM and the Woman

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2009

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Babysitter's Code

Babysitter's Code

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2009

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Black-Eyed Susan

Black-Eyed Susan

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2009

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Crack Cocaine Diet

Crack Cocaine Diet

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2009

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Dear Penthouse Forum (A First Draft)

Dear Penthouse Forum (A First Draft)

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2009

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Easy as A-B-C

Easy as A-B-C

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2009

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Femme Fatale

Femme Fatale

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2009

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Good Fuck Spoiled

Good Fuck Spoiled

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2009

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Honor Bar

Honor Bar

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2009

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

One True Love

One True Love

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2009

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Pony Girl

Pony Girl

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2009

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Ropa Vieja

Ropa Vieja

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2009

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Scratch a Woman

Scratch a Woman

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2009

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Shoeshine Man's Regrets

Shoeshine Man's Regrets

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2009

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

What He Needed

What He Needed

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2009

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Baltimore Blues

Baltimore Blues

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2009

ARM and the Woman

ARM and the Woman

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Accidental Detective

Accidental Detective

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, "e;Scratch a Woman,"e; Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Babysitter's Code

Babysitter's Code

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Crack Cocaine Diet

Crack Cocaine Diet

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Dear Penthouse Forum (A First Draft)

Dear Penthouse Forum (A First Draft)

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Easy as A-B-C

Easy as A-B-C

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Femme Fatale

Femme Fatale

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Good Fuck Spoiled

Good Fuck Spoiled

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Hardly Knew Her

Hardly Knew Her

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, "e;Scratch a Woman,"e; Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Honor Bar

Honor Bar

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

One True Love

One True Love

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Pony Girl

Pony Girl

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Ropa Vieja

Ropa Vieja

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Shoeshine Man's Regrets

Shoeshine Man's Regrets

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

What He Needed

What He Needed

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Scratch a Woman

Scratch a Woman

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Black-Eyed Susan

Black-Eyed Susan

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short storiesand reveals another level of mastery.Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travelto New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.Each of these ingenious tales is a gemsometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "e;one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations,"e; (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "e;invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work"e; (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

Another Thing to Fall

Another Thing to Fall

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 11/03/2008

New York Times BestsellerAward-winning and New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippmans Tess Monaghanfirst introduced in the classic Baltimore Bluesmust protect an up-and-coming Hollywood actress, but when murder strikes on a TV set, the unflappable PI discovers everyones got a secret.[A] welcome addition to Tess Monaghans adventures and an insightful look at the desperation that drives those grasping for a shot at fame and those who will do anything to keep it.San Francisco ChronicleWhen private investigator Tess Monaghan literally runs into the crew of the fledgling TV series Mann of Steel while sculling, she expects sharp words and evil looks, not an assignment. But the company has been plagued by a series of disturbing incidents since its arrival on location in Baltimore: bad press, union threats, and small, costly on-set "e;accidents"e; that have wreaked havoc with its shooting schedule. As a result, Mann's creator, Flip Tumulty, the son of a Hollywood legend, is worried for the safety of his young female lead, Selene Waites, and asks Tess to serve as her bodyguard. Tumulty's concern may be well founded. Recently, a Baltimore man was discovered dead in his home, surrounded by photos of the beautifulif difficultaspiring star.In the past, Tess has had enough trouble guarding her own body. Keeping a spoiled movie princess under wraps may be more than she can handle since Selene is not as naive as everyone seems to think, and instead is quite devious. Once Tess gets a taste of this world of make-believewith their vanities, their self-serving agendas, and their remarkably skewed visions of realityshes just about ready to throw in the towel. But shes pulled back in when a grisly on-set murder occurs, threatening to topple the wall of secrets surrounding Mann of Steel as lives, dreams, and careers are scattered among the ruins.

Butchers Hill

Butchers Hill

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2007

Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her shingle as a PI-for-hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it]s not the best address in Baltimore, but you gotta start somewhere, and Tess' greyhound Esskay has no trouble taking marathon naps anywhere there's a roof. Then in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalizing his car. Just out of prison, he says he wants to make reparations to the kids who witnessed his crime, so he needs Tess to find them. But once she starts snooping, the witnesses start dying. Is the Butcher of Butchers Hill at it again? Like it or not, Tess is embroiled in a case that encompasses the powers that be, a heartless system that has destroyed the lives of children, and a nasty trail of money and lies leading all the way back to Butchers Hill.

What the Dead Know

What the Dead Know

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 13/03/2007

Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who'or what'could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness?Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone Bethany sisters. But her involuntary admission and subsequent attempt to stonewall investigators only deepens the mystery. Where has she been, why has she waited so long to come forward? Could her abductor truly be a beloved Baltimore cop? There isn't a shred of evidence to support her story, and every lead she gives the police seems to be another dead-end'a dying, incoherent man, a razed house, a missing grave, and a family that disintegrated long ago, torn apart not only by the crime but by the fissures the tragedy revealed in what appeared to be the perfect household.In a story that moves back and forth across the decades, there is only one person who dares to be skeptical of a woman who wants to claim the identity of one Bethany sister without revealing the fate of the other. Will he be able to discover the truth?

No Good Deeds

No Good Deeds

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2007

Would you sacrifice your life for the life of another? That's the choice Tess Monaghan must face . . . When the body of Federal Attorney Gregory Youssef is found dumped on the edge of Baltimore, every cop in the city is determined to catch his killer. But four months on, no one has been brought to justice and the department is under massive pressure to deliver a suspect. Meanwhile, Tess' boyfriend insists on helping a homeless black teenager. He brings Lloyd home for some food and a bed for the night, but when Tess mentions the Youssef case, Lloyd freezes. That night, Lloyd sneaks out of the house and disappears. What is the link between Youssef's death and the teenager? Tess tracks Lloyd down and convinces him to share what he knows - which she then passes on to the press on the condition that Lloyd's name isn't used. But they use Tess' name instead. Before long the situation spins wildly out of control, leaving Tess to fear not only for Lloyd, but also for those closest to her . . .

No Good Deeds

No Good Deeds

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippmans Tess Monaghanfirst introduced in the classic Baltimore Bluesbecomes involved in a complicated investigation that will force her to question her loyalties. For Tess Monaghan, the unsolved murder of a young federal prosecutor is nothing more than a theoretical problem, one of several cases to be deconstructed in her new gig as a consultant to the local newspaper. But it becomes all too tangible when her boyfriend, Crow, brings home a young street kid whos a juvenile con artist and who doesnt even realize he holds an important key to the sensational homicide.Tess agrees to protect the boys identity no matter what, especially when one of his friends is killed in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity. But as she soon discovers, her ethical decision to protect him has dire consequences. And with federal agents determined to learn the boys name at any cost, Tess finds out just how far even official authorities will go to get what they want.It isnt long before Tess finds herself facing felony charges. To make matters worse, Crow has gone into hiding with his young protg. So Tess cant deliver the kid to investigators even if she wants to. Now her only recourse is to get to the heart of the sordid and deadly affair while theyre all still free...and still breathing.

The Power Of Three

The Power Of Three

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2006

Three girls were best friends - until friendship became murder... Baltimore police receive an urgent call out to a school after gunshots are heard coming from a locked girls' toilet. The police find three victims, but only Josie is conscious, and she insists she is not the shooter. Perri is unconscious from a bullet wound that has ripped through her jaw; and Kat is dead, shot in the chest. Detective Lenhardt soon uncovers information that is at odds with the story Josie is telling. Other clues at the scene suggest there was a fourth girl who witnessed the entire episode from behind a locked stall. Where is she now? How did she get out? The crime seems to reach back five years before this fatal shooting, when three girls met aged ten, and took a vow of eternal friendship. How did that passionate friendship change, evolve - and finally fall apart?

Baltimore Noir

Baltimore Noir

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2006

By a Spider's Thread

By a Spider's Thread

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2004

Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippmans Tess Monaghanfirst introduced in the classic Baltimore Bluesmust track down a missing wife and unravel the secrets in her marriage that led her to flee.Mark Rubins family is missingand the police wont get involved because all the evidence indicates that his wife left willingly. So the successful Baltimore furrier turns to Tess Monaghan, hoping she can help him find his wife and three children. Tess doesnt quite know what to make of Rubin, who doles out vitally important information in grudging dribs and drabs. According to her client, he and his beautiful wife, Natalie, had a flawless, happy marriage. Yet one day, without any warning or explanation, Natalie gathered up their children and vanished.Tapping into a network of fellow investigators spread across the country, Tess is soon able to locate the runaway wife and the children who have been moving furtively from state to state, town to town. But the Rubins are not alone. A mysterious man is traveling with them, a stranger described by witnesses as handsome and charming but otherwise unremarkable. And the deeper Tess digs, the more she suspects that the motive behind Natalies reckless flight lies somewhere in the gap between what Rubin will not say and what he refuses to believe.An intricate web of betrayal and vengeance is beginning to unfold. Suddenly, much more than one mans future happiness and stubborn pride are in peril. For the lives of three innocent children are dangling by the slenderest of threads.

Every Secret Thing

Every Secret Thing

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2004

A breathtaking stand-alone thriller from the acclaimed, award-winning author of the Tess Monaghan series. It is early evening, summer time and hot. Two eleven-year-old girls, Alice and Ronnie, are on their way home from a swimming party when they happen to see a baby's stroller, with baby girl sleeping inside, left unattended on the top step of a house. Ronnie says to Alice: 'We have to take care of this baby.' But what exactly does she mean? Four days later the body of little Olivia Barnes is discovered in a hut in Baltimore's rambling Leakin Park by a young rookie detective, Nancy Porter. What can have happened in those four days to bring about this appalling crime? The girls are arrested and found guilty. Seven years later Ronnie and Alice, now eighteen, are released from their separate prisons, back into their old neighbourhood where the mother of baby Olivia still lives. Another child goes missing, and Nancy Porter and her partner get the case ...

The Last Place

The Last Place

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2003

A serial killer the police believe is dead - until he finds a new victim to stalk: PI Tess Monaghan . . . Private Investigator Tess Monaghan knows all about the darker side of human nature, not least from her days as a reporter. But she never expected to be on the receiving end of a court sentence to attend six months' counselling for Anger Management. Tess starts the counselling - but then her attention turns to a series of unsolved homicides. They appear to be overlooked cases of domestic violence. But the more Tess investigates, the more she is convinced that there is just one culprit. The Maryland State Police are sure that the serial killer Tess is now looking for is dead. So he can't be a threat. Can he? But he is very much alive and has found another victim to stalk: Tess.

In a Strange City

In a Strange City

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2002

It was a case Tess turned down - but now she's caught up in a web of obsession and murder . . . Every year on 19 January for the past fifty years an unknown visitor has left three red roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac on the grave of Edgar Allan Poe. When a prospective client asks PI Tess Monaghan to investigate, she refuses - after all, no crime is being committed. But she does go to the 19 January vigil as an observer. In the freezing darkness she watches as two cloaked figures approach the grave, appear to embrace and then part. Then there's a gunshot and one is killed. Tess quickly learns that the dead man is not the regular visitor. So who is he? And why was he there? When it turns out that Tess's would-be client had given her a fake name, she knows she must try to find him. Then an old friend from her past surfaces, claiming that the shooting was a homophobic hate crime, and things get even more complicated.

Butchers Hill

Butchers Hill

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2001

All PI Tess Monaghan has to do is find some witnesses - that is, until the witnesses start dying . . . Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her sign as a private investigator for hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it's not the greatest address in Baltimore, but you've got to start somewhere. Then in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalising his car. Just out of prison, he wants to make reparations to the kids who witnessed his crime, so he needs Tess to find them. But once she starts snooping, the witnesses start dying. Is the 'Butcher of Butchers Hill' at it again? Like it or not, Tess is embroiled in a case that encompasses the powers-that-be, a heartless system that has destroyed the lives of children, and a nasty trail of money and lies leading all the way back to Butchers Hill.

Charm City

Charm City

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2001

It's murder in Baltimore these days - and Tess herself might be next on the list . . . As a practised reporter until her newspaper went to that great pressroom in the sky, PI Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular local sport. Business tycoon 'Wink' Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball back to town, and everybody's rooting for him - until a devastating, muckraking expose of his lurid past appears on the front page of the BALTIMORE BEACON-LIGHT. It's a surprise even to the newspaper's editors, who thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who's found in his garage with the car running. Tess is hired to find the unknown computer hacker who planted the lethal story - but it doesn't take long for her to discover deeper, darker secrets...

The Sugar House

The Sugar House

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2001

Tess didn't want to take on the case in the first place - and now it's getting dangerous - and far too close to home . . . Tess Monaghan's life is back on course. She is beginning to make a name for herself as a PI, she's even banking good money. And then her father asks her a favour: to investigate the death in prison of a friend's brother convicted of killing an unidentified girl, otherwise known as Jane Doe . Tess's search leads her to the Sugar House , a brutal institution where she discovers Jane Doe's real identity. And then Tess's father begs her to drop the case . . . It is not until her parents' house is set on fire and a body pulled from the wreckage, that she realises that her life may have taken a very wrong turning indeed - one from which there is no going back...

Baltimore Blues

Baltimore Blues

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2000

In trying to prove a friend's innocence PI Tess Monaghan gets more than she bargained for . . . Until her newspaper, The Baltimore Star, crashed, Tess Monaghan was a first-rate reporter who knew her home town intimately - from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill. Now gainfully unemployed at 29 she's willing to do any freelance job to pay the rent - including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy Darryl 'Rock' Paxton. In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the lawyer's notoriety, and his trysts with Rock's fiancee, make the case front page news - and make Rock the chief suspect ...

In Big Trouble

In Big Trouble

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2000

For PI Tess Monaghan secrets from the past can be murder . . . First as a reporter and then as a PI Tess Monaghan has learned how to survive and thrive on the streets of Baltimore. But a new case will force her to confront her own past - and a man she once loved. It starts when she gets a newspaper photograph of an old boyfriend with part of a headline attached: BIG TROUBLE. The answer to the mystery lies far from Baltimore, deep in a world of good-time music, old-fashioned ambition and rich people's games. And Tess must find out what happened to the man she once loved and the woman who changed him - and the connection to a series of murders . . .

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