Baltimore local Tess Monaghan thought she knew the Sugar Housethe abandoned factory that remains a stubborn and defiant legacy of the citys pastuntil a client named Ruthie asks the newspaperwoman-turned-p.i. to investigate a year-old Jane Doe murder and its grim aftermath. Ruthies low-life brother, Henry, confessed to killing a teenage runaway over a bottle of glueand, a month into his prison term, met the same fate as his victim. Following a precious few tantalizing clues, Tesss hunt for the truth is leading her from Baltimores exclusive Inner Harbor to the citys seediest neighborhoodsa hunt that turns deadly with the shocking discovery of the runaways true identity. Suddenly, a supposedly solved murder case is turning up newer, fresher corpses and newer, scarier versions of the Sugar Houseplaces that look sweet and safe . . . but only from the outside.
About the Author
Laura Lippman is the author of eleven novels featuring Baltimore private detective Tess Monaghan, seven stand-alone novels, and a short story collection. Her six most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers. Lippman has won numerous literary prizes for her work, including the Edgar®, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, Agatha, Gumshoe, Barry, and Macavity Awards. A recent recipient of the first-ever Mayor's Prize, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband, David Simon; their daughter; and her stepson.