A trade paperback collection of 16 short stories, some new, some published before, all together for the first time, featuring Tess Monaghan, New York Times Bestselling author Laura Lippman’s acclaimed private eye
For the first time together in one collection is a mix of brand new Tess Monaghan short mysteries as well as previously published, award-winning short stories.
Split into three parts—Girls Gone Wild (seven stories about girls behaving badly); Other Cities, Not My Own (four stories about places outside of Baltimore); My Baby Walks the Streets of Baltimore (four stories and a profile)—the inimitable Tess Monaghan, along with some old friends and new faces, is back solving crime.
Fans of bestseller Lippman's long-running series featuring Baltimore PI Tess Monaghan (Another Thing to Fall, etc.) will be pleased to find that the 17 selections in her first short story collection are as intricate and witty as her novels. Part one, Girls Gone Wild, focuses on women engaged in all manner of shady enterprises, from first-time drug buyers in The Crack Cocaine Diet to an unassuming femme fatale with a secret in Dear Penthouse Forum (A First Draft). Lest readers think Lippman can only work her magic in her Maryland hometown, she devotes a section, Other Cities, Not My Own, to stories in settings as disparate as New Orleans during Mardi Gras ( Pony Girl ) and Dublin, Ireland, full of jilted lovers ( Honor Bar ). The book's climax is Scratch a Woman, a novella written for the collection and starring Heloise, the enterprising heroine of One True Love, an earlier entry. George Pelecanos provides an appreciative introduction.