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The Sugar House: A Tess Monaghan Investigation

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Tess didn't want to take on the case in the first place - and now it's getting dangerous - and far too close to home ...Tess Monaghan's life is back on course. She is beginning to make a name for herself as a PI, she's even banking good money. And then her father asks her a favour: to investigate the death in prison of a friend's brother convicted of killing an unidentified girl, otherwise known as "Jane Doe". Tess's search leads her to "the Sugar House", a brutal institution where she discovers Jane Doe's real identity. And then Tess's father begs her to drop the case ...It is not until her parents' house is set on fire and a body pulled from the wreckage, that she realises that her life may have taken a very wrong turning indeed - one from which there is no going back...

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Tess Monaghan's life is back on course. She is beginning to make a name for herself as a PI, she's even banking good money. And then her father asks her a favour: to investigate the death in prison of a friend's brother convicted of killing an unidentified girl, otherwise known as "Jane Doe". Tess's search leads her to "the Sugar House", a brutal institution where she discovers Jane Doe's real identity. And then Tess's father begs her to drop the case ...It is not until her parents' house is set on fire and a body pulled from the wreckage, that she realises that her life may have taken a very wrong turning indeed - one from which there is no going back...

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If you haven't encountered Tess Monaghan, the strong-willed former reporter turned PI who stars in Laura Lippman's increasingly popular series, it may be because this is her first appearance in hardcover. But this deftly plotted mystery may change all that and bring Lippman, herself a Baltimore journalist, and Tess, her curious and likable heroine, the attention they deserve. When Tess's dad asks her to do a favor for a friend, Tess gets involved in tracking down the identity of a nameless girl whose killer, the friend's brother, was murdered himself shortly after he went to prison for the crime. Her search leads Tess in and out of parts of the Atlantic coast that tourists, and many natives, never see: to a clinic for the rich, young and anorexic on Maryland's Eastern Shore; to the Philadelphia Main Line; and inside the corrupt and clandestine corners of the Maryland state capitol in Annapolis. The more Tess learns, the more questions she has, and the most important ones have to do with her father's involvement in the mystery of the anonymous victim and how she died.

The subtext of this well-written, richly rendered thriller is Tess's confrontation with her own values and her struggle to accept her father's compromises with his. There's also a sexy love story with Tess's boyfriend, who's nearly too good to be true, and a lively gal pal, the wealthy and loyal Whitney, whose own talents are equally impressive. The author is good at developing multidimensional characters, the minor ones as well as the majors. And once your appetite is whetted by The Sugar House, you'll want to track down Tess's earlier adventures in Lippman's (paper) backlist, beginning with Baltimore Blues. --Jane Adams

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Book Description Orion Publishing Co, United Kingdom, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New edition. 174 x 110 mm. Language: N/A. Brand New Book. Tess didn t want to take on the case in the first place - and now it s getting dangerous - and far too close to home .Tess Monaghan s life is back on course. She is beginning to make a name for herself as a PI, she s even banking good money. And then her father asks her a favour: to investigate the death in prison of a friend s brother convicted of killing an unidentified girl, otherwise known as Jane Doe . Tess s search leads her to the Sugar House , a brutal institution where she discovers Jane Doe s real identity. And then Tess s father begs her to drop the case .It is not until her parents house is set on fire and a body pulled from the wreckage, that she realises that her life may have taken a very wrong turning indeed - one from which there is no going back. Bookseller Inventory # AA29780752844213

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Book Description Orion Publishing Co, United Kingdom, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New edition. 174 x 110 mm. Language: N/A. Brand New Book. Tess didn t want to take on the case in the first place - and now it s getting dangerous - and far too close to home .Tess Monaghan s life is back on course. She is beginning to make a name for herself as a PI, she s even banking good money. And then her father asks her a favour: to investigate the death in prison of a friend s brother convicted of killing an unidentified girl, otherwise known as Jane Doe . Tess s search leads her to the Sugar House , a brutal institution where she discovers Jane Doe s real identity. And then Tess s father begs her to drop the case .It is not until her parents house is set on fire and a body pulled from the wreckage, that she realises that her life may have taken a very wrong turning indeed - one from which there is no going back. Bookseller Inventory # AA29780752844213

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