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All PI Tess Monaghan has to do is find some witnesses – that is, until the witnesses start dying . . . From the author of SUNBURN and LADY IN THE LAKE
Winner of Agatha Award for Best Novel

Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her sign as a private investigator for hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it’s not the greatest address in Baltimore, but you’ve got to start somewhere. Then in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalising his car. Just out of prison, 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.

Reviews

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
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
One of America's most important literary voices
IRISH TIMES
Laura Lippman continues to push the envelope of modern crime-writing
Harlan Coben
Lippman is a writing powerhouse
USA TODAY
Every time Laura Lippman comes out with a new book, I get chills because I know I am back in the hands of the master. She is simply a brilliant novelist, an unflinching chronicler of life in America right now
Gillian Flynn
One of the best novelists around, period
WASHINGTON POST
Lippman has enriched literature as a whole
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
Lippman is the closest writer America has to Ruth Rendell
Stephen King
Laura Lippman is among the select group of novelists who have invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work
George Pelecanos
Ably demonstrates why Lippman has been sweeping up the American crime awards. A gripping sense of place and a great new sleuthette make this a page-turner
GUARDIAN