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.
Investigate more of Tess Monaghan's cases.
©1998 Laura Lippman; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America
I've listened to 3 now, and liked each one better than the previous. Either Tess is maturing, or the author is as a writer. The 2 mysteries are related only in that each has a strong moral component. The characterizations are strong and interesting. The mysteries are good.
Baltimore book lover
Laura Lippman has done better. Tess juggles two unrelated cases and so instead of sinking deep into one story, I just skimmed two. One case is inspired by a real Baltimore case of an old man who shot at a bunch of kids for throwing rocks at his house. In the book, he asks Tess to find the now teenagers. The weak spot was the other case of a woman wanting to find the daughter she gave up for adoption. Of course neither case is as simple as is seems. The happy ending felt insincere to me. Although, a mediocre Laura Lipppman is still worth a credit.
I loved the prickly and flawed clients, especially the woman. Meeting Tess's family and getting the sense of family, love, and community that supports here was the crux of this novel for me. and of course Esskay the dog.
the reader has Tess's age and basic character down. I would like more of the bal'more accent and local color to creep into the performance.
you never know when the twisted path might lead you to your own back yard
Interesting little mystery
Good beach read or when you want to listen to something engaging but light while you do chores.
Fun characters. This was my first Laura Lippman
Laura Lippman yes, Deborah Hazlett no.
The workings of the foster care system is always a suprising and depressing affair but it was discribed quite well. Talk about something needing reform!!!!!!!
Not sure how to answer. I still feel the reader and author are not a good match. I will say that the reader is a bit better in this book than the other two in series. She still can't make each charactor different from each other.
I am new to this series, but am so pleased I found this author and these characters. I especially like her references to literature, history and news - old and current. This was a good mystery, with unanticipated twists and turns. I very much enjoyed the reader's ease at moving from character to character.
No, I don't have enough time to listen to a book twice.
Lippman's other Tess Monahan books are quite good too, this might be my 5th book in the series.
She is very good with all the different voices for the many characters.
Very touching including the facts of the foster care system. However, the ending might be rosier than anything in life.
Sorry to say this. I have listened to a number of Laura Lippman's books, and she is great with Tess Monahan--but not so good when she tries to write fiction with characters where Tess is not part of the story.
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