The Last Place by Laura Lippman

The investigations of Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan character have earned her awards and critical acclaim.

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The Last Place by Laura Lippman


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Baltimore PI Tess Monaghan knows what to do with a jerk who prowls the Internet looking for love in all the wrong places: pretend to be smitten, slip one of his own date-rape drugs into his drink, cover him with depilatory cream, and leave him in a public place so he'll be too ashamed to do it again. It's hard to follow an opening chapter like that, but Lippman manages it nicely, putting her smart-mouth series sleuth in court-ordered anger-management counseling. The sessions with her shrink spur a most uncharacteristic—-for Tess--reflection on five cold-case homicides she's investigating for a foundation lobbying for increased funding for domestic abuse programs. They don't seem to be connected, but with the help of the retired Toll Facilities cop who discovered the head of one of the victims in the middle of his bridge, Tess discovers a serial killer no one even knew existed--until he made Tess his next target. This is the seventh outing in a lively,
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Another Tess Monaghan mystery, September 13, 2003 Reviewer: Fred Camfield from Vicksburg, MS USA The novel starts out with an interesting prelude to the main story when Tess and her friend Whitney defoliate a would be rapist. From there the story progresses to the main plot about a serial killer with a strange compulsion. Tess and a new found associate link together a number of seemingly unrelated homicides, including a disappearance and an "accidental" death from the distant past. Details of her own past emerge, partly from discussions with a psychiatrist she is seeing as part of a plea bargain agreement. Tess still has her boyfriend, Crow, and her two dogs, but they play minor roles. She bumbles about a bit, and almost gets herself killed in the manner of independent investigators created by various authors. There are some side details of Baltimore, Maryland's eastern shore, etc., and a view of some of the sleazy underside of life.

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