Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her shingle as a PI-for-hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it]s not the best address in Baltimore, but you gotta start somewhere, and Tess greyhound Esskay has no trouble taking marathon naps anywhere theres a roof. Then in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalizing his car. Just out of prison, he says 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.
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Laura Lippman: Laura Lippman was a Baltimore Sun reporter for twelve years. Her novels have been awarded every major prize in crime fiction. She first-ever recipient of the Mayor's Prize for Literary Excellence.
Deborah Hazlett: Deborah Hazlett's recent theatrical work includes Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, and Henry IV Parts I and II at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. Deborah's most recent audio work includes The Writer in the Garden, The Return to Macomb: Harper Lee, and To Kill a Mockingbird for National Public Radio's Weekend Edition.
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