The Last Place (Tess Monaghan Novel) Mass Market Paperback – August 26, 2003
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“Laura Lippman in her series featuring Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan just keeps getting better and better” (Houston Chronicle)
“The Last Place is the first place readers should turn to for a superior story.” (Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)
“Spectacular. . . . A fast, cleverly ellusive story.” (New York Times Book Review)
“A major work of suspense.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Lippman’s “usual deft precision”...The Last Place “shouldn’t be missed” ! (Washington Post Book World)
From the Back Cover
Five lives in the Baltimore area have been brutally destroyed over the past six years -- five unsolved homicides, seemingly unconnected except for the suspicion that each death was the result of domestic violence. In hot legal water -- and court-ordered therapy -- Tess Monaghan accepts an assignment with a local nonprofit organization, agreeing to review police documents on each case for inconsistencies and investigative blunders. But curiosity is leading the disgraced P.I. off the paper trail as she follows scant leads and intuitions into the most remote corners of Maryland -- where a psychopath can hide as easily in the fabric of a tiny fishing community as in the alleys and shadows of Charm City. Because a single common thread to five senseless murders is beginning to emerge with shocking clarity to tie the loose ends together into one bloody knot -- and the link is Tess Monaghan herself.
- Publisher : Avon; Reissue edition (August 26, 2003)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0380810247
- ISBN-13 : 978-0380810246
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.08 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,736,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although I enjoyed the usual Lippman fascination with foodstuffs, in many ways this plot-based thriller could have been set anywhere - on the water. Not that it wasn't exciting - it just seems that all the warm, fuzzy aspects of Tess Monaghan's Baltimore life have taken a back seat to the traditional elements of mystery writing. Perhaps this was an intentional strategy to attract a national audience, or perhaps this was written around the time when she moved away from Baltimore.
Given the unexpected change to Tesser's hairstyle, I expect more changes in the future.
In this particular work, Tess fights an unknown serial killer. Lippman crafts a phenomenal storyline, filled with twists and turns. Each chapter left me hanging on for more. It was so hard for me to put this book down and when it was over I was completely sad. I wanted the book to be longer, to keep going! This book sweeps you up in the terror and horror of one serial killer's path of destruction and his battle against one of the strongest and smartest woman heroine of all time. Lippman keeps the reader enraptured and on the edge of their seat throughout the whole novel. This is definitely the best novel Lippmann has ever written in the Tess Monaghan series.
The Last Saint
And the way you notice her love of place. Donna Leon a long time ago!