Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman

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The California dream weavers have invaded Charm City with their cameras, their stars, and their controversy. . . .

When 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 "accidents" 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/babysitter. Tumulty's concern may be well founded. Not long ago a Baltimore man was discovered dead in his own home, surrounded by photos of the beautiful, difficult superstar-in-the-making.

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—even with the help of Tess's icily unflappable friend Whitney—since Selene is not as naive as everyone seems to think, and far more devious than she initially appears to be. This is not Tess's world. And these are not her kind of people, with their vanities, their self-serving agendas and invented personas, and their remarkably skewed visions of reality—from the series' aging, shallow, former pretty-boy leading man to its resentful, always-on-the-make cowriter to the officious young assistant who may be too hungry for her own good.

But the fish-out-of-water P.I. is abruptly pulled back in by an occurrence she's all too familiar with—murder. Suddenly the wall of secrets around Mann of Steel is in danger of toppling, leaving shattered dreams, careers, and lives scattered among the ruins—a catastrophe that threatens the people Tess cares about . . . and the city she loves.


About Laura Lippman

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Laura Lippman has lived in Baltimore most of her life and she would have spent even more time here if the editors of the Sun had agreed to hire her earlier. She attended public schools and has lived in several of the city's distinctive neighborhoods, including Dickeyville, Tuscany-Canterbury, Evergreen, and South Federal Hill.
Published October 13, 2009 by William Morrow. 405 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Hollywood comes to Baltimore in bestseller Lippman's assured 10th PI Tess Monaghan caper (after 2006's No Good Deeds ). When Tess literally stumbles ont

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The Guardian

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There are occasional sparks of smart writing, but Lippman's backstage pass opens the door to a curiously two-dimensional movie world, with venal producers and airhead actors who seem more flimsily constructed, and less believable, than their plywood stage sets.

Jul 25 2009 | Read Full Review of Another Thing to Fall


They’re the elements of tragedies, and excellent murder mysteries, as well--which Another Thing To Fall is, another winner in Lippman’s series of Tess Monaghan books.

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Review: Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan is hired to look after the temperamental star of a television show being filmed locally in Another Thing To Fall, the tenth mystery in this series by Laura Lippman.When Tess is initially offered the job of guarding Selene Waites, the young (and...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Lippman, a former reporter who is married to David Simon, the coproducer of the HBO series The Wire, knows Baltimore’s unique urban traits and culture, and it shows in her detailed settings, convincing dialogue, and generally nuanced characters.

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When Flip’s assistant is found beaten to death, Tess realizes Selene may actually be in danger and begins her own investigation into what happened to the assistant.

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