The Last Place
The Last Place
Avon, Mass Market Paperback, 9780380810246, 432pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2003
Five lives in the Baltimore area have been brutally destroyed over the past six years -- five unsolved homicides, seemingly unconnected except for the suspicion that each death was the result of domestic violence. In hot legal water -- and court-ordered therapy -- Tess Monaghan accepts an assignment with a local nonprofit organization, agreeing to review police documents on each case for inconsistencies and investigative blunders. But curiosity is leading the disgraced P.I. off the paper trail as she follows scant leads and intuitions into the most remote corners of Maryland -- where a psychopath can hide as easily in the fabric of a tiny fishing community as in the alleys and shadows of Charm City. Because a single common thread to five senseless murders is beginning to emerge with shocking clarity to tie the loose ends together into one bloody knot -- and the link is Tess Monaghan herself.
Lippman, reporter for the Baltimore Sun, excels at vivid portraits of her town's offbeat neighborhoods, hangouts and inhabitants. Seen through the eyes of her protagonist--a smart, funny P.I. named Tess Monaghan--Baltimore is never dull
“A major work of suspense.”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Laura Lippman in her series featuring Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan just keeps getting better and better”
“Spectacular. . . . A fast, cleverly ellusive story.”
-New York Times Book Review
Lippman’s “usual deft precision”...The Last Place “shouldn’t be missed” !
-Washington Post Book World
“The Last Place is the first place readers should turn to for a superior story.”
-Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel