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It’s murder in Baltimore these days – and Tess herself might be next on the list . . . From the author of LADY IN THE LAKE and SUNBURN
Winner of Edgar Award and Shamus Award

As a practised reporter until her newspaper went to that great pressroom in the sky, PI Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore. It’s a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular local sport.

Business tycoon ‘Wink’ Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball back to town, and everybody’s rooting for him – until a devastating, muckraking exposé of his lurid past appears on the front page of the BALTIMORE BEACON-LIGHT. It’s a surprise even to the newspaper’s editors, who thought they’d killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who’s found in his garage with the car running.

Tess is hired to find the unknown computer hacker who planted the lethal story – but it doesn’t take long for her to discover deeper, darker secrets…

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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
A force to be reckoned with in crime fiction
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Laura Lippman is among the select group of novelists who have invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work
George Pelecanos
Laura Lippman continues to push the envelope of modern crime-writing
Harlan Coben
[Lippman] only seems to be getting better
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
One of the best novelists around, period
WASHINGTON POST
One of the most polished and consistently interesting writers of detective fiction today
THE ECONOMIST