By Laura Lippman
In a urban the place a person is murdered nearly each day, legal professional Michael Abramowitz's loss of life could be simply one other statistic. however the slain lawyer's notoriety—and his style for illicit noon trysts—makes the case front-page information in each neighborhood paper other than the superstar, which crashed and burned earlier than Abramowitz did. A former famous person reporter who is familiar with each inch of this town—from ancient fortress McHenry to the crumbling tasks of Cherry Hill—now-unemployed journalist Tess Monaghan additionally is familiar with the first suspect: cuckolded fianc? Darryl "Rock" Paxton. The time is ripe for a occupation flow, so while rowing blood brother Rock desires to lease her to do a little unorthodox snooping to aid transparent his identify, Tess is of the same opinion. yet there are deadly secrets and techniques hiding within the attraction urban shadows. And Tess's personal identify may turn out at the ever-expanding checklist of Baltimore useless.
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In Victoria’s Secret, Tess got as close to Ava as she dared, hiding behind a rack of Miracle Bras. Ava trailed her hand along a table of underwear, then recoiled as if the polyester fabric had shocked her skin. Yet she reached out again, running her hand more lightly still over the pile of burgundy panties. This time two pairs fell into her open briefcase. Tess blinked in shock. Her aunt’s cautionary words echoed in her mind. The underwear must have fallen on the floor. Or Ava was using her briefcase as a shopping basket and planned to pay for everything when she was finished.
His latest resting place was a small office high up, literally at least, in the Department of Licensing and Regulation. His official title: director of the Office for Fraud and Waste. His unofficial deputy: Tess. “You know, it sounds as if you commit fraud and waste,” Tess said, entering her uncle’s office. It was small, but it had a window on St. Paul Place, with a nice view of a long, narrow median, overgrown and choked with weeds. “Maybe I should,” he said amiably. “I wouldn’t mind. ” A short man with a round belly and thinning brown hair, Donald Weinstein had been handsome as a young man, but his looks had faded along with his power, leaving only a full, pouting mouth and lustrous brown eyes, incongruous in his pale, lined face.
On Friday morning she sat on her bench outside Ava’s office and watched the cops rousting panhandlers. Beggars were not new in downtown Baltimore—Tess remembered a legless man at Lexington Market who had chased her down the street on his little wheeled cart when she was eight—but now war had been declared. The city had enlisted “safety guides” who patrolled the streets, making them safer and friendlier for those who asked only for directions. The street people called these guides the Purple People, a reference to their snazzy caps.
Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan Mysteries - Book 01 - 1997) by Laura Lippman