New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippmanâs Tess Monaghan must solve one of the most baffling murders in her PI career.
When Tess Monaghan agrees to talk to Ruthie Dembrow, she senses sheâll regret it. If thereâs anything Tess has learned in her work both as a newspaper reporter and then as a PI, itâs to trust your instincts. Still, she canât deny sheâs intrigued when Ruthie asks her to investigate the fatal stabbing of her brother, Henry, while he was locked away for murdering a teenage runaway over a bottle of glue. Henryâs death at the hands of fellow convicts doesnât surprise Tess, but what does is that he was convicted for murdering a âJane Doeââsomething that rarely happens in the judicial system.
No ID was found on the victimâs body, and her fingerprints didnât match up to any in the national database. How could anyone escape all the identity nets of the modern world? Ruthie is convinced if she learns the identity of her brotherâs victim, maybe she can also find out why he was killed.
Tessâs search takes her on a harrowing journey from Baltimoreâs exclusive Inner Harbor to the seedy neighborhood of Locust Point. But itâs the shocking discovery of the runawayâs true identity that turns Tessâs hunt deadly. Suddenly, her supposedly solved murder case keeps turning up newer, fresher corpses and scarier versions of the Sugar Houseâplaces that look so sweet and safe, but only from the outside.
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