Charm City (Tess Monaghan Mysteries) by Laura Lippman

By Laura Lippman

As a practiced reporter until eventually her newspaper went to that fab pressroom within the sky, P.I. Tess Monaghan is aware and loves each inch of her local Baltimore, even the components being slobbered on by way of the sad-sack greyhound she's minding for her uncle. it is a quirky urban the place baseball reigns, yet in recent years murder appears the second one most well-liked neighborhood game. company multi-millionaire "Wink" Wynkowski is making an attempt to alter all that through bringing seasoned basketball again to city, and everybody's rooting fro him -- until eventually a devastating, muckraking divulge of his lurid previous appears to be like at the entrance web page of the Baltimore Beacon-Light. it is a shock even to the Blight's editors, who inspiration they would killed the piece. as an alternative, the piece killed Wink -- who is present in his storage with the auto working. Now the Blight desires to nail the unknown machine hacker who planted the deadly tale, and the project is true up the alley of a former newshound like Tess. however it does not take lengthy for her to find deeper, darker secrets and techniques, and to achieve that this case is absolutely extra approximately whacking than hacking. it is simply homicide in Baltimore nowadays -- and Tess Monaghan herself could be subsequent at the checklist. As a practiced reporter until eventually her newspaper went to that groovy pressroom within the sky, P.I. Tess Monaghan is aware and loves each inch of her local Baltimore, even the elements being slobbered on via the sad-sack greyhound she's minding for her uncle. it is a quirky urban the place baseball reigns, yet in recent times murder appears to be like the second one preferred neighborhood game. company multi-millionaire "Wink" Wynkowski is attempting to alter all that by way of bringing seasoned basketball again to city, and everybody's rooting for him -- till a devastating, muckraking disclose of his lurid earlier seems to be at the entrance web page of the Baltimore Beacon-Light. it is a shock even to the Blight's editors, who inspiration they would killed the piece. in its place, the piece killed Wink -- who is present in his storage with the automobile working. Now the Blight desires to nail the unknown computing device hacker who planted the deadly tale, and the task is correct up the alley of a former newshound like Tess. however it does not take lengthy for her to find deeper, darker secrets and techniques, and to achieve that this example is absolutely extra approximately whacking than hacking. it truly is simply homicide in Baltimore nowadays -- and Tess Monaghan herself may be subsequent at the checklist.

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Tess squatted in front of Esskay and coaxed the dog’s forelegs down one step. The dog was amazingly malleable, allowing her to pick up each foot, then set it down. But she still wouldn’t move forward on her own. One-two, forelegs down, three-four, hind legs. Repeat. In this fashion, it took Tess only a few minutes to get the dog to the landing, where she paused to catch her breath. She was in good shape, but apparently nothing in her various workout routines had developed the necessary muscles for this greyhound walk-and-hobble.

Move, dammit! ” Tess’s words had no effect on the dog, but they did bring her aunt out onto the second-floor landing. Kitty was normally the kind of landlady one wanted on the premises, with few rules and a high tolerance for noise and rowdy companions. But she couldn’t abide anything unpleasant looking, and Esskay was clearly in trouble on that score. ” she asked, wrapping a teal-colored chenille robe tightly around her. Her pale face was flushed, her red curls rumpled. “I’m sorry I was out when you got in last night, but I had to go to that meeting for local business owners.

She had never understood people who talked to animals and babied them, but it seemed odd to walk away from a warm-blooded creature without some acknowledgment. Besides, this dog meant something to Spike, so she had to treat her well. Esskay was not unlike Tommy—not exactly human, but a part of Spike’s life, and therefore deserving of common courtesy. “I’m going out tonight,” Tess said at last, “so I won’t be home until late. ” Esskay looked up briefly, then went back to staring at the blanket. Great, Tess thought.

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