Synopses & Reviews
No sooner has Tess Monaghan hung her p.i.-for-hire shingle outside her new office on Butchers Hill when in walks Luther Beale. The notorious vigilante who shot a boy for vandalizing his car five years ago, Luther has just gotten out of prison and wants to make amends, he says, to the kids who witnessed his crime. He needs to find them first, and thats where Tess comes in.
But once she starts snooping, the witnesses start dying. Like it or not, shes gotten herself embroiled in a case that could have devastating repercussions for Tess, the city she treasures, and the young lives a corrupt system heartlessly destroys—as she follows a nasty trail of lies, money, and murder that winds from Baltimores darkest corners all the way back to Butchers Hill.
New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman s Tess Monaghan takes on the case of a notorious former vigilante and finds herself embroiled in a case with far-reaching consequences where the truth is as dangerous as the lies she uncovers. . . .
PI Tess Monaghan doesn t expect her first case in her new private investigation practice in Baltimore s neighborhood of Butchers Hill to come in the form of Luther Beale an ex-con who was sent to prison for shooting Donnie Moore, a boy who vandalized his car five years earlier. The former vigilante, who became known as the Butcher of Butchers Hill, wants Tess to find Treasure and Destiny Teeter, Salamon Hawkings, and Eldon Kane the other kids who witnessed his crime so he can finally make amends. His motives seem genuine to Tess who thinks he s an old man who made a terrible, tragic mistake. Yet others don t see it that way and think Luther is simply evil and should have never been released from prison.
But not long after Tess begins her search, Treasure and Destiny Teeter are found murdered. Could Luther have been responsible for their deaths? Is that the real reason why he wanted Tess to find them? But just when her doubts about her client surface, Luther makes a shocking revelation that puts everything into question. As Tess soon learns, the more she digs, the more complicated this case becomes as she must decide whether her client was capable of killing Treasure and Destiny and if he s telling her the complete truth about Donnie Moore s shooting.
But Tess doesn t have a lot of time for a killer who s waiting to strike again a killer whose sights are now set on Tess.
New York Times
bestselling author Laura Lippmans Tess Monaghan is ready to give up her PI career—until shes pulled back in by a case that encompasses the powers-that-be—a heartless system that has destroyed the lives of children.
No sooner has Tess Monaghan hung her p.i.-for-hireshingle outside her new office on Butchers Hill when in walks Luther Beale. Once notorious as the vigilante homeowner who shot a boy for vandalizing his car, Luther has just gotten out of prison and says he wants to make amends to the kids who witnessed his crime. He needs to find them first, and thats where Tess comes in.
But as Tess starts to find the witnesses, they start dying. And now some ugly family business has reared its head, forcing her to confront the sins of her grandparents past.
About the Author
Since her debut in 1997, Laura Lippman has been heralded for her thoughtful, timely crime novels set in her beloved hometown of Baltimore. She is the author of twenty works of fiction, including eleven Tess Monaghan mysteries. She lives in Baltimore, New Orleans, and New York City with her family.