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In a Strange City

In a Strange City

It was a case Tess turned down – but now she’s caught up in a web of obsession and murder . . .

Every year on 19 January for the past fifty years an unknown visitor has left three red roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac on the grave of Edgar Allan Poe. When a prospective client asks PI Tess Monaghan to investigate, she refuses – after all, no crime is being committed.

But she does go to the 19 January vigil as an observer. In the freezing darkness she watches as two cloaked figures approach the grave, appear to embrace and then part. Then there’s a gunshot and one is killed. Tess quickly learns that the dead man is not the regular visitor. So who is he? And why was he there? When it turns out that Tess’s would-be client had given her a fake name, she knows she must try to find him.

Then an old friend from her past surfaces, claiming that the shooting was a homophobic hate crime, and things get even more complicated.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 1st August 2002

Price: £7.99

ISBN-13: 9780752848105

Reviews

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
Edgar, Shamus, Anthony and Agatha award winner Lippman (Charm City; Butchers Hill; The Sugar House) pays homage to the inventor of the mystery form in this masterly contemporary mystery, set in Baltimore and replete with her trademark dry, sardonic wit ...Lippman shows in this, her sixth novel, that she's indeed deserving of all the kudos she's received
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY starred review
Lippman is a writing powerhouse
USA TODAY
Wonderful ... A moving ... feast of a book
WASHINGTON POST
One of the most polished and consistently interesting writers of detective fiction today
THE ECONOMIST
If Lippman has her way, Baltimore will be a strange city no longer, but the delight of readers from there to San Diego
KIRKUS
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 is the closest writer America has to Ruth Rendell
Stephen King
Lippman has enriched literature as a whole
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES