“Lippman is a writing powerhouse. ”
“I love her books.”
New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman—winner of the Edgar® Award and every other major literary prize given for mystery and crime fiction—embroils Baltimore p.i. Tess Monaghan in the strange case of The Girl in the Green Raincoat. Originally serialized in the New York Times, The Girl in the Green Raincoat is now in book form for the very first time—a masterful thriller in the Alfred Hitchcock mode that places a very pregnant, homebound Tess in the center of a murderous puzzle that could cost her her life and the life of her unborn child.
Originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine, Lippman's Tess Monaghan novella turns the intrepid Baltimore PI's at-risk late-pregnancy bed rest into a compellingly edgy riff on Hitchcock's Rear Window. Lovingly tucked up on her winterized sun porch, Tess marshals her forces doting artist boyfriend Crow, best friend Whitney Talbot, middle-aged assistant gumshoe Mrs. Blossom, and researcher Dorie Starnes to probe the disappearance of a chic blonde green-raincoated dog walker she'd been watching from her comfy prison. Tess also takes in the missing woman's abandoned green-slickered Italian greyhound from hell, a miniature canine terrorist whose anti-housebreaking vendetta offers comic relief from Tess's threatened pre-eclampsia, her obsessive unraveling of a complex scam, and her last-trimester spats with Crow about their future. Though postpartum Tess turns alternately weepy and shrill, that condition won't last, and this entertaining romp leaves plenty of hints of detective-mother exploits to come.
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I have to say the twists involved in writing this book were dividing. I imagined various outcomes as I read but none matched the actual ending. I didn't realize the author's intention of intermingling human relationships as I was reading, but upon completion I appreciate how the various relationships molded a well-rounded book. Kudos on a great read!
I finished The Girl in the Green Raincoat in one day. I love reading, but I especially love anything written by Laura Lippmann. I have The Wire to thank. I had a number of her books waiting around to be read, but it took seeing her book a couple of times on that show for me to get around to reading them. I love crime series.
Tess is the main character. She is a private detective who loves her job. And, oops, she finds out she's pregnant. She's having difficulties so she's placed on bed rest. She's a people watcher, and she watches a "girl in a green raincoat" walk her dog every night, until one night Tess doesn't see the girl anymore. That gets her to wondering and speculating. And that leads to the story. You can picture every character in Ms. Lippman's books, and I love Tess. Tess and the other characters make a lot of references to a lot of famous people (in her other books also), which I like. If I don't know what or whom they are talking about, I look it up. She has gotten me to read several books by other authors just by reading this series. I can't wait for her next book!
The girl in the green raincoat
Don't waste ur money. Characters underdeveloped and trite. Rushed ending. Disappointment