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 Crow has gone into hiding with his young protege, so Tess couldn't deliver the kid to investigators even if she wanted 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."
©2006 Laura Lippman; (P)2006 HarperCollinsPublishers
"Smartly plotted and paced." (Publishers Weekly)
"Lippman lets each character contribute a piece to the whole, which makes the story richer, and there's some nail-biting suspense as Tess faces off against what she thinks are the big guns of government." (Booklist)
I love my books, over 1000 in my library. I have been a member since the year 2000.
I really enjoy this series. I finished this book in two days. I have been listening to these out of order, but there is no doubt in my mind that I will eventually get them all. I am going to start at the beginning. I can hardly wait for the next adventure with Tess Monaghan and friends.
Photographer, nature & water geek, music lover, book fiend.
The best of the series yet, with excellent narration. This seems the most fully developed of a very well developed series & character study full of authentic, believable people. I'm now a full-on Laura Lippman fan.
I switch between print and audio versions, so I can continue with the book throughout my day.
The story, as with others in this series, was entertaining, and the narration was excellent. The periodic music interludes, however, were unnecessary and distracting. If other audio books by this publisher also have this "feature" I will stop purchasing them.
I went back over and over to try to understand the story. Although the words were overlapped for only a short time, it was still disappointing. I urge somebody to fix the glitch.
Sections are separated by very irritating music. Why do they ruin good audiobooks by adding this stuff???
The other problem was that there is a section where the recording is corrupted.
I liked Tess Monaghan, and I liked this story, However, the leading character wasn't as compelling as I would have liked her to be. Story line good and fast paced. I probably won't listen to another one, though.
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