Butchers Hill

Butchers Hill

A Tess Monaghan Mystery

Book - 1998
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Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her shingle as a p.i.-for-hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it's not the best address in Baltimore, but you gotta start somewhere, and Tess's greyhound Esskay has no trouble taking marathon naps anywhere there's a roof. Then in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalizing his car. Just out of prison, he says he wants to make reparations to the kids who witnessed his crime, so he needs Tess to find them. But once she starts snooping, the witnesses start dying. Is the "Butcher of Butchers Hill" at it again? Like it or not, Tess is embroiled in a case that encompasses the powers that-be, a heartless system that has destroyed the lives of children, and a nasty trail of money and lies leading all the way back to Butchers Hill.
Publisher: New York : Avon Books, c1998.
ISBN: 9780380798469
0380798468
Characteristics: 275 p.

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Sep 19, 2012

This novel was hard for me to complete. There were two stories intertwined and it was hard to follow at times. I just couldn't get into this book - but I stayed with it to the end. I like mysteries but this one didn't make my top 10 list :(

hermlou Oct 24, 2010

The setting is Baltimore, and Tess has opened a detective agency in a seedy part of town. One client wants her to find 4 children who were with a boy when he was shot a few years ago. Another client asks for help in finding her sister. The research is interesting, and the results are unexpected. This is Lippman's third book, and she just keeps getting better at plotting and drawing real characters.

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