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In a Strange City (Tess Monaghan Mysteries)

In a Strange City (Tess Monaghan Mysteries)
Author: Laura Lippman
ISBN 13: 9780380810239
ISBN 10: 380810239
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 400
List Price: $7.99

Private investigator Tess Monaghan witnesses a local tradition turn deadly at the gravesite of Edgar Allan Poe. Now someone's leaving cryptic clues on her doorstep ... someone who knows her every move. Someone who must be stopped.

Publishers Weekly

Edgar, Shamus, Anthony and Agatha award winner Lippman (Charm City; Butchers Hill; The Sugar House) pays homage to the inventor of the mystery form in this masterly contemporary mystery, set in Baltimore and replete with her trademark dry, sardonic wit. Every January 19th, in honor of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, a loyal clique waits in the small hours for the "Visitor," also known as the "Poe Toaster," to approach Poe's tomb. He wears a formal cape and carries three blood-red roses and a bottle of cognac as tribute. For some reason the press keep their distance, as do bystanders. This year, for the first time, PI Tess Monaghan is present, too, along with her boyfriend, Crow. Having been roped into attendance by a would-be client, Tess awaits the coming of the Visitor in the freezing winter night. Suddenly, two caped men with roses and cognac show up. A shot rings out one man lies dead, the other runs off. A deliciously complex story follows that brings Baltimore center stage and delves anew into the mysteries surrounding Poe himself. Tess finds her own life in danger, and becomes a primary player in a story she'd intended to view only from the periphery. The author offers a host of Poe-esque thrills, from multiple murders to a woman buried alive. In the denouement, the clock ticks rapidly while Tess matches wits with the killer in order to rescue the victim from her tomb before her air runs out. Lippman shows in this, her sixth novel, that she's indeed deserving of all the kudos she's received. (Sept. 11) Forecast: With national print advertising, a 15-city NPR campaign and a six-city author tour, this novel will be well positioned to climb the genre bestseller charts. Copyright 2001Cahners Business Information.