Last Place by Laura Lippman

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Five lives in the Baltimore area have been brutally destroyed over the past six years -- five unsolved homicides, seemingly unconnected except for the suspicion that each death was the result of domestic violence. In hot legal water -- and court-ordered therapy -- Tess Monaghan accepts an assignment with a local nonprofit organization, agreeing to review police documents on each case for inconsistencies and investigative blunders. But curiosity is leading the disgraced P.I. off the paper trail as she follows scant leads and intuitions into the most remote corners of Maryland -- where a psychopath can hide as easily in the fabric of a tiny fishing community as in the alleys and shadows of Charm City. Because a single common thread to five senseless murders is beginning to emerge with shocking clarity to tie the loose ends together into one bloody knot -- and the link is Tess Monaghan herself.


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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. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Even though the Talbots have more money than God, and even though helping Whitney find and punish the cyber-perv who’d been stalking her teenaged cousin landed the avenging Tess (In a Strange City, 2001, etc.) in anger-management therapy, Tess insists, “You don’t owe me.” Besides, the consortium ...

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That's why I'm glad now that I somehow missed reading last year's Tess Monaghan book, IN A STRANGE PLACE, in hardcover.

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Tess Monaghan, Baltimore private investigator, is in trouble with the law, all because she and her friend, Whitney, tracked down a guy who uses the internet to prey on young girls and then proceeded to humiliate him in a rather unique way.

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