Tess Monaghan #2
On Sale: September 1, 2015
Featuring: Tess Monaghan
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New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman plunges
Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan into a twisted
and disturbing case.
Tess Monaghan has
encountered almost every possible criminal motive throughout
her career: greed, revenge, jealousy, rage. But there are
crimes that defy all attempts at understanding, where a
search for motive seems pointless.
Dawes committed such a crime. Found not guilty by reason of
insanity, she fled the country, leaving her two daughters
with their father. Twelve years later, sheâ€™s back in
Baltimore, and Tess is asked to provide security detail
while Melisandre films a documentary about her attempts to
reconcile with her now teenaged children.
juggling work with caring for her demanding toddler, is
uneasy about the case. Still, Melisandreâ€™s lawyer is family.
And there is something about the woman herselfâ€”confident,
beautiful, shrewdly intelligentâ€”that draws Tess in. Is she a
master manipulator or someone who was driven to temporary
madness? Cold and calculating, or a mother concerned for her
daughtersâ€™ well being? Someone is leaving Melisandre
enigmatic, threatening notes. Soon Tess, insecure about her
parenting abilities and receiving cryptic messages of her
own, isnâ€™t sure whether she should be protecting Melisandre
from harmâ€”or protecting everyone else from
When Melisandre becomes the prime suspect
in a murder, Tess must uncover the truth. Doing so will mean
confronting her deepest beliefs about what separates good
parents from bad, madness from sanity, and what lengths even
the most rational person will go to, to protect what they
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