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Hush hush
Lippman, Laura, 1959- , author.
[Large print ed.]
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New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
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448 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
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New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman plunges Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan into a twisted and disturbing case.

Tess Monaghan has encountered almost every possible criminal motive throughout her career: greed, revenge, jealousy, rage. But there are crimes that defy all attempts at understanding, where a search for motive seems pointless.

Melisandre Harris Dawes committed such a crime. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, she fled the country, leaving her two daughters with their father. Twelve years later, she's back in Baltimore, and Tess is asked to provide security detail while Melisandre films a documentary about her attempts to reconcile with her now teenaged children.

Tess, juggling work with caring for her demanding toddler, is uneasy about the case. Still, Melisandre's lawyer is family. And there is something about the woman herself--confident, beautiful, shrewdly intelligent--that draws Tess in. Is she a master manipulator or someone who was driven to temporary madness? Cold and calculating, or a mother concerned for her daughters' well being? Someone is leaving Melisandre enigmatic, threatening notes. Soon Tess, insecure about her parenting abilities and receiving cryptic messages of her own, isn't sure whether she should be protecting Melisandre from harm--or protecting everyone else from Melisandre.

When Melisandre becomes the prime suspect in a murder, Tess must uncover the truth. Doing so will mean confronting her deepest beliefs about what separates good parents from bad, madness from sanity, and what lengths even the most rational person will go to, to protect what they cherish most.

Author Notes

Laura Lippman grew up in Baltimore and returned to her home town in 1989 to work as a journalist. After writing seven books while still a full-time reporter, she left the Baltimore Sun to focus on fiction.

Laura is the author of What the Dead Know, 2016 New York Times Bestseller, Another Thing to Fall, After I'm Gone, and Wilde Lake. She also writes the Tess Monaghan series. She has won numerous awards for her work including the Edgar, Quill, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, Agatha, Gumshoe, Barry, and Macavity.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Motherhood plus murder equals one intense, uproarious, and riveting mystery from a classy crime writer of wit and wisdom. Lippman introduced former homicide detective Sandy Sanchez in After I'm Gone (2014). He returns in the employ of Lippman's signature sharp-tongued sleuth, Tess Monaghan, whom readers haven't seen since The Girl in the Green Raincoat (2011). A lot has happened, namely, her bossy three-year-old daughter, Carla Scout. Tess is now a gun-packing momma, delirious from sleep deprivation and the perpetual demands of a willful toddler and not at all well-disposed toward her wealthy and glamorous new client. Melisandre Harris Dawes fled Baltimore a decade ago after killing her two-month-old daughter and being acquitted by reason of criminal insanity. Now she's hired a struggling documentary filmmaker, Harmony Burns, to record her reunion with her two surviving teenage daughters. Lippman makes shrewd use of the interviews Harmony conducts as threats and revelations complicate Melisandre's plan. With an intriguing cast of characters, stinging dialogue, hilarious moments, and a superbly convoluted and suspenseful plot, Lippman has created an incisive and provocative tale about parents good and evil. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-selling Lippman's fans will rejoice as the return of wisecracking sleuth Tess Monaghan is heralded by an author tour and major print, broadcast, and online publicity campaigns.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In bestseller Lippman's searing 12th installment in her series featuring Baltimore PI Tess Monaghan (last seen in the 2011 novella "The Girl in the Green Raincoat"), Tess, now the mother of a three-year-old girl with longtime boyfriend Crow, reluctantly takes a security job from attorney Tyner Gray, a family friend. Tyner represents Melisandre Harris Dawes, who, 12 years earlier, intentionally left her infant daughter in a hot car to die. Melisandre, a former lawyer, successfully argued that she suffered from postpartum psychosis, and was found not guilty by reason of insanity. She left Baltimore-and her two young daughters-behind, and moved abroad. Now Melisandre is back, with a documentary filmmaker in tow, to reunite with her daughters, 17-year-old Alanna and 15-year-old Ruby, who live with their father, Stephen, his new wife, and their baby. Tess, along with her new partner, ex-cop Sandy Sanchez, must assess Melisandre's security risks. Lippman expertly delves into what it means to be mad-and more importantly, what comes next. Agent: Vicky Bijur, Vicky Bijur Literary Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Tess and boyfriend Crow are maintaining their romance while balancing jobs and family and coping with their precocious three-year-old daughter, Carla Scout. With her PI firm short on clients, Tess agrees to check security arrangements for -Melisandre Dawes, a child killer found not guilty by reason of insanity, who is filming a biopic of her life, her trial, and her attempt to reestablish relations with her ex-husband and her two teenage daughters. A couple of subplots unrelated to the murder of the ex-husband further muddle the main plot, making the overall effort seem strained. An excellent reading by Jan Maxwell saves the audio. Characters developed earlier in the series seem shallow in this tale, and it's difficult to empathize with several new ones. VERDICT Despite this books' problems, the author's fans will want to hear it; recommended for adult mystery fiction collections. ["Strongly recommended for fans of Lippman's previous books, as well as readers who enjoy stories about female private investigators": LJ 1/15 starred review of the Morrow hc.]-Cliff Glaviano, formerly with Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.