In Big Trouble: Book summary and reviews of In Big Trouble by Laura Lippman

In Big Trouble

A Tess Monaghan Novel

By Laura Lippman

In Big Trouble
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  • Published in USA  Dec 2009,
    320 pages.

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Tess Monaghan has learned the hard way how to survive on the streets of Baltimore—first as a fearless investigative reporter and lately as a PI. But a new case is about to take her way out of her element.

What begins with a tantalizing shard of a newspaper headline—"In Big Trouble"—above a photograph of an old boyfriend will end far away in another world, where people dress and talk differently ... and rich people's games can have lethal consequences. Here where the sun is merciless—and curiosity can kill faster than a rattler's bite—Tess is going to have to confront her past and, hopefully, live to tell about it. For the answers she seeks about a man she thought she knew may be somehow linked to a murderer who two-steps to a very deadly drummer.

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"Colorful characters - especially the proprietor of Tess's temporary no-tell motel, and homicide detective Al Guzman - add amusement to this gripping mystery." - Publishers Weekly

"Am I in the wrong place, or what? As much as I love fictional private eyes, Laura Lippman's In Big Trouble, featuring 30-ish rookie gumshoe Tess Monaghan, is definitely not my type of book. Uh-uh. No way. It's way too soft and gooey at the center, even if the outside is suitably crunchy." - January Magazine

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Laura Lippman Author Biography

Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association.

Ms. Lippman grew up in Baltimore and attended city schools through ninth grade. After graduating from Wilde ...

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