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Publisher Comments:

From Laura Lippman, one of the most critically acclaimed crime fiction writers today, comes an intriguing new tale of mystery and suspense with everyone's favorite P.I., Tess Monaghan. This time Tess is involved in a frightening investigation that will make her question her loyalties and threaten those she holds most dear...

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 brings home a young street kid who doesn't even realize he holds an important key to the man's death. Tess agrees to protect the boy's identity no matter what, especially when one of his friends is killed in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity. But with federal agents determined to learn the boy's name at any cost, Tess finds out just how far even official authorities will go to get what they want. Soon she's facing felony charges — and her boyfriend, Crow, has gone into hiding with his young protégé, so Tess can't deliver the kid to investigators even if she wants to. Time and time again Tess is reminded of her father's old joke, the one about the most terrifying sentence in the English language: We're from the government — and we're here to help.

Review:

"Smartly plotted and paced, Lippman's ninth Tess Monaghan novel (after By a Spider's Thread) opens with a somewhat unlikely scenario: Tess's boyfriend, Edgar 'Crow' Ransome, brings home for the night a homeless teenager, Lloyd, who slashed Crow's tires outside a Baltimore soup kitchen. When PI Tess discovers that Lloyd has information regarding the recent murder of Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Youssef, Tess gives his story, sans name, to the local paper, so the authorities will get it secondhand. After a crony of Lloyd's is murdered instead of Lloyd, Tess receives her first visit from a sinister trio of law enforcement agents avid to know her source. Crow flees with Lloyd while Tess suffers growing pressure, including the threat of federal jail time. Baltimore itself is the book's most compelling character, its uneasy mix of aspiration and decay perfectly suited to Lippman's ironic voice. Crow is the book's weakest link; even a late revelation about his motives fails to make his sudden paternalism toward Lloyd believable. Happily, Lippman's loyal fans won't mind. Author tour. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"[N]ail-biting suspense..." Booklist

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"Things get really sticky until the highly satisfying and surprising ending. Strongly recommended..." Library Journal

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"...Tess is better than ever." Kirkus Reviews

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"[I]ntelligent plot and the surprising twists....No Good Deeds proves Lippman continues to be at the forefront of the modern private detective novel." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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"[A] true page-turner....This engrossing thriller is highly recommended." BookReporter.com

Review:

"Here, Lippman has pulled off the near-impossible: writing a conventional procedural that still feels fresh. It's impossible not to like the complex, all-too-real Monaghan..." Kevin Allman, The Washington Post

About the Author

Laura Lippman was a Baltimore Sun reporter for twelve years. Her novels have been awarded every major prize in crime fiction. The first-ever recipient of the Mayor's Prize for Literary Excellence, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060570729
Subtitle:
A Tess Monaghan Novel
Author:
Lippman, Laura
Publisher:
William Morrow
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Witnesses
Subject:
Crimes against
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Tess Monaghan Mysteries
Publication Date:
20060627
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.13 in 22.08 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Smartly plotted and paced, Lippman's ninth Tess Monaghan novel (after By a Spider's Thread) opens with a somewhat unlikely scenario: Tess's boyfriend, Edgar 'Crow' Ransome, brings home for the night a homeless teenager, Lloyd, who slashed Crow's tires outside a Baltimore soup kitchen. When PI Tess discovers that Lloyd has information regarding the recent murder of Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Youssef, Tess gives his story, sans name, to the local paper, so the authorities will get it secondhand. After a crony of Lloyd's is murdered instead of Lloyd, Tess receives her first visit from a sinister trio of law enforcement agents avid to know her source. Crow flees with Lloyd while Tess suffers growing pressure, including the threat of federal jail time. Baltimore itself is the book's most compelling character, its uneasy mix of aspiration and decay perfectly suited to Lippman's ironic voice. Crow is the book's weakest link; even a late revelation about his motives fails to make his sudden paternalism toward Lloyd believable. Happily, Lippman's loyal fans won't mind. Author tour. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[N]ail-biting suspense..."
"Review" by , "Things get really sticky until the highly satisfying and surprising ending. Strongly recommended..."
"Review" by , "...Tess is better than ever."
"Review" by , "[I]ntelligent plot and the surprising twists....No Good Deeds proves Lippman continues to be at the forefront of the modern private detective novel."
"Review" by , "[A] true page-turner....This engrossing thriller is highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Here, Lippman has pulled off the near-impossible: writing a conventional procedural that still feels fresh. It's impossible not to like the complex, all-too-real Monaghan..."
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