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This installment of Laura Lippman's saga featuring vivacious Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan (By a Spider's Thread, The Last Place, et al.) pits Tess and her big-hearted boyfriend, Edgar "Crow" Ransome, against their most dangerous foe yet: their principles.
After finishing a shift volunteering at an inner-city soup kitchen, Ransome finds one of his car tires slashed and meets smooth-talking con man Lloyd Jupiter, who offers to help fix the flat for a nominal fee. Instead of calling the police on the 16-year-old scam artist, Ransome does the unthinkable and brings Jupiter back to his home, where he feeds him and offers him a bed for the night. When Tess returns home, she and Ransome discover that Jupiter may have information concerning an unsolved case involving the brutal murder of a federal prosecutor months earlier. After vowing not to reveal Jupiter's identity, Tess gives the local newspaper the story and almost immediately becomes Public Enemy No. 1 to a trio of ruthless law enforcement agents for refusing to reveal her source. With Ransome and Jupiter on the run and Tess trying hard to stay out of jail, the motives behind the mysterious murder are slowly uncovered…
Described as an homage to Lippman's favorite Robert B. Parker novel, Early Autumn, this page-turning whodunit is a surprisingly touching story about a kindly stranger teaching a troubled boy what it means to be a man. Fans of Lippman and Parker alike should enjoy this Tess Monaghan adventure. Paul Goat Allen