Butchers Hill

Butchers Hill

Book - 1999
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Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her sign as a private investigator for hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe its not the greatest address in Baltimore, but you've got to start somewhere. Then in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalising his car. Just out of prison, he wants to make reparations to the kids who witnessed his crime, so he needs Tess to find them. But once she starts snooping, the witnesses start dying. Is the 'Butcher of Butchers Hill' at it again? Like it or not, Tess is embroiled in a case that encompasses the powers that be, a heartless system that has destroyed the lives of children, and a nasty trail of money and lies leading all the way back to Butchers Hill.
Publisher: New York : Avon, 1999
Branch Call Number: FICTION LIP
Characteristics: 274 p

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captbligh
Jun 25, 2019

Not up to series par. Solutions to the parallel stories - a murder and a missing person - were far-fetched and contrived.

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ddgillis
Sep 19, 2012

This novel was hard for me to complete. There were two stories intertwined and it was hard to follow at times. I just couldn't get into this book - but I stayed with it to the end. I like mysteries but this one didn't make my top 10 list :(

hermlou Oct 24, 2010

The setting is Baltimore, and Tess has opened a detective agency in a seedy part of town. One client wants her to find 4 children who were with a boy when he was shot a few years ago. Another client asks for help in finding her sister. The research is interesting, and the results are unexpected. This is Lippman's third book, and she just keeps getting better at plotting and drawing real characters.

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kaijene
May 24, 2018

I know all the acronyms now, DHR, SSA, DSS, CAP, AFDC, those are the best CYA words I've ever heard.

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