Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan Mysteries - Book 01 - 1997) by Laura Lippman

By Laura Lippman

In a urban the place a person is murdered nearly on a daily basis, lawyer Michael Abramowitz's loss of life could be simply one other statistic. however the slain lawyer's notoriety—and his flavor for illicit noon trysts—makes the case front-page information in each neighborhood paper other than the megastar, which crashed and burned ahead of Abramowitz did. A former big name reporter who is familiar with each inch of this town—from ancient fortress McHenry to the crumbling initiatives of Cherry Hill—now-unemployed journalist Tess Monaghan additionally is aware the first suspect: cuckolded fianc? Darryl "Rock" Paxton. The time is ripe for a occupation circulation, so while rowing blood brother Rock desires to rent her to do a little unorthodox snooping to aid transparent his identify, Tess is of the same opinion. yet there are deadly secrets and techniques hiding within the attraction urban shadows. And Tess's personal identify may prove at the ever-expanding record of Baltimore useless.

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Oh, of course. ” Checkbook, the magic word. “Beamer” didn’t hurt either. Dale beamed, smacking Tess one more time. As she ran to her car, she wondered if he treated all the female clients like this, or only those at least a foot taller. She waited in her car for Ava to leave, watching her through the club’s glass front. She seemed in no hurry now as she talked to the man with the squash racket. Animated, almost flirtatious, she leaned toward him and touched him frequently, innocently. Feather-light touches to his shoulder, his wrist, his hand.

I’ve been watching Ava off and on for almost a week now. ” Rock’s eyes held hers, but he was incapable of saying BALTIMORE BLUES / 47 anything. He reminded Tess of an old dog, trusting a beloved master not to put him to sleep—unless the master absolutely had to. “She shoplifts. Little things, things she can’t possibly need. ” As she had expected Rock considered this good news. He sighed, the air escaping from his massive lungs as if he had been holding his breath for several days. It was bad, but it wasn’t as bad as he had feared.

I’m just jealous because her suit costs more than I make in a week. It fit perfectly, too, Tess noted. She had never been so polished. Tess considered herself well dressed if her hose didn’t run and her blouse didn’t pull out of her waistband. Today, of course, Tess had dressed to disappear. Jeans, a white T-shirt hanging loose, basketball sneakers. She didn’t worry about Ava remembering her face, but she had tucked her braid under a black wig, one of the Gabor sisters’ creations. The wig belonged to Kitty, who wore it one memorable Halloween, playing a fortyish Cleopatra to a twentyone-year-old Julius Caesar, an anachronism she said Shakespeare would have loved.

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