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By Laura Lippman

Till her paper, the Baltimore megastar, crashed and burned, Tess Monaghan used to be a rattling reliable reporter who knew her fatherland in detail -- from old citadel McHenry to the crumbling initiatives of Cherry Hill. Now gainfully unemployed at twenty-nine, she's prepared to take any freelance task to pay the hire -- together with just a little unorthodox snooping for her rowing blood brother, Darryl "Rock" Paxton. In a urban the place anyone is murdered virtually daily, legal professional Michael Abramowitz's loss of life might be simply one other statistic. however the slain lawyer's notoriety -- and his noontime trysts with Rock's fiancee -- make the case entrance web page news...and issues to Rock because the most probably assassin. yet attempting to end up her friend's innocence couls turn out high priced to Tess -- and upload her identify to that notorious ever-growing checklist.

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Sweating profusely beneath her wig, Tess ducked and bobbed through the crowded mall, trying to keep a comfortable distance between them. Luckily Ava had eyes only for 26 the shop windows. She lingered to check out her own perfect reflection, then moved on, sometimes glancing at her watch. There seemed to be an itinerary to her browsing, some kind of agenda, but Tess couldn’t figure it out. Amaryllis, a small jewelry store, lured Ava in. Tess watched from outside as Ava asked a clerk to show her an odd, flamboyant necklace, a silver chain loaded with charms and lockets.

It’s more exciting. Hey—you sure you don’t want me to ask around, see if something’s available with the state? ” Tess looked at the bare office, with its one window and the racing form on the desk. She blew her uncle a kiss, then ran down eleven flights as if something were chasing her. Once on the street she slowed to a brisk walk, but she kept going until she was back at her apartment. 32 Seven hours later, her work for Uncle Donald already done, her evening run behind her, Tess again took up her post outside the garage at Eden’s Landing.

It was the eve of the first day of school, time for the city to throw off its August doldrums and move briskly toward fall. Maybe it could carry Tess with it. M. She dressed quickly and ran to her car, sniffing the breeze to see if fall might be early this year. The air was depressingly thick and syrupy, indifferent to Tess’s expectations. Her eleven-year-old Toyota, the most dependable thing in her life, turned over instantly. “Thank you, precious,” she said, patting the dashboard, then heading off through downtown’s deserted streets.

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