Butchers Hill by Laura Lippman
(Tess Monaghan Mysteries)

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From Publishers Weekly: Tess Monaghan, newspaperwoman turned sleuth, makes it official with a new business as a PI in a run-down section of Baltimore, Butchers Hill. Her first clients, an elderly man known as the Butcher of Butchers Hill and a highly successful female professional fund-raiser present the first dilemma. Tess needs a cover, reluctantly supplied by Client 2, in order to get access to information on the ghetto for Client 1. The process of finding diverse missing persons starts Monaghan and her two black clients on sometimes prickly discourse involving race. As in Baltimore Blues and Charm City, dialogue is on the mark, accompanied by lively observations about female entrepreneurship, adoption, foster home rackets, and quirky Baltimore natives and neighborhoods. A bittersweet, perfectly plausible ending winds things up. -- Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
 

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 January 1, 1998 by Avon. 275 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tess Monaghan, newspaperwoman turned sleuth, makes it official with a new business as a PI in a run-down section of Baltimore, Butchers Hill.

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In a dark, layered novel, Tess Monaghan, meeting resistance and new questions at every turn, goes up against a vast public welfare system, private prejudice, and finds murder, fraud, thievery, compassion and hope in a case that cuts closer to home than she could ever have believed possible.

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