In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitzs death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyers notorietyand his taste for illicit midday trystsmake the case front-page news in every local paper except the Star, which crashed and burned before Abramowitz did. A former Star reporter who knows every inch of this townfrom historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hillnow unemployed journalist Tess Monaghan also knows the guy the cops like for the killing: cuckolded fiancé Darryl Rock Paxton. The time is ripe for a career moveanything to pay the rentso when rowing buddy Rock wants to hire her to do some unorthodox snooping to help clear his name, Tess agrees. But there are lethal secrets hiding in the Charm City shadows, and Tess own name could end up on that ever-expanding list of Baltimore dead.
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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.
Lippman's sleuth, Tess Monaghan, has had several outings by now, but this is her first (1997). It was important to establish her character firmly and to involve her in a plot exciting enough to make readers come back for more. Deborah Hazlett backs Lippman's success vocally. She shows Tess as resourceful, emotionally steady, feisty, and clear thinking as the unemployed reporter investigates the murder of a controversial defense lawyer. Other characters, as well as the portrayal of the city of Baltimore, enrich the plot and, in most cases, the audio version. Hazlett's narration sounds a bit reportorial at times, a style that is perhaps a reflection of Tess's vocation and that of Lippman herself. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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