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By Laura Lippman

Till her paper, the Baltimore megastar, crashed and burned, Tess Monaghan was once a rattling reliable reporter who knew her native land in detail -- from old castle McHenry to the crumbling initiatives of Cherry Hill. Now gainfully unemployed at twenty-nine, she's prepared to take any freelance activity to pay the lease -- together with slightly unorthodox snooping for her rowing blood brother, Darryl "Rock" Paxton. In a urban the place somebody is murdered nearly daily, lawyer Michael Abramowitz's dying can be simply one other statistic. however the slain lawyer's notoriety -- and his noontime trysts with Rock's fiancee -- make the case entrance web page news...and issues to Rock because the most likely assassin. yet attempting to turn out her friend's innocence couls end up high priced to Tess -- and upload her identify to that notorious ever-growing record.

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Above the door the scarlet letters were so bright and bold they seemed three-dimensional: WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST. And, in smaller letters, for the occasional oaf who thought it was a lifeboat store: A SPECIALTY BOOKS EMPORIUM. Not everyone would have seen the potential in a store that sold only women’s and children’s books. Tess’s aunt, Kath-erine “Kitty” Monaghan, was not like everyone. She was not like anyone. A librarian with the city schools for almost twenty years, she had taken early retirement after a parent complained fairy tales were godless, encouraging belief in Satan and the occult.

She had not been that kind of reporter. As a general assignments writer she had written about people more likely to stalk her, so desperate were they for publicity. She had written about street corner evangelists, precocious premed students, even LBJ’s podiatrist, now retired to Arbu-tus. ) She walked back to the front of the building and found a bench affording an unobstructed view of the front door and the intersection of Pratt and Howard. A homeless woman eyed her suspiciously. ” the toothless woman asked Tess.

Well, you might see her kissing someone on the street, for example, and assume it’s her lover. ” “I don’t know, Tesser. ” Kitty smiled and tugged the slippery silk kimono back over her left shoulder. “Don’t be smug just because you have Officer Friendly to tuck you in at night. ” “Maybe Jonathan will turn up again soon. ” “And you’ll forgive him for Yom Kippur. ” With that, Kitty swung off the counter and padded to her living quarters behind the store, leaving Tess to think about Jonathan Ross.

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