By Laura Lippman
As a practiced reporter until eventually her newspaper went to that groovy pressroom within the sky, P.I. Tess Monaghan is familiar with and loves each inch of her local Baltimore, even the components being slobbered on by means of the sad-sack greyhound she's minding for her uncle. it is a quirky urban the place baseball reigns, yet in recent times murder seems the second one most well liked neighborhood activity. enterprise mogul "Wink" Wynkowski is attempting to alter all that via bringing professional basketball again to city, and everybody's rooting fro him -- until eventually a devastating, muckraking reveal of his lurid previous appears to be like at the entrance web page of the Baltimore Beacon-Light. it is a shock even to the Blight's editors, who proposal they might killed the piece. as an alternative, the piece killed Wink -- who is present in his storage with the automobile operating. Now the Blight desires to nail the unknown computing device hacker who planted the deadly tale, and the task is true up the alley of a former newshound like Tess. however it does not take lengthy for her to find deeper, darker secrets and techniques, and to gain that this example is actually extra approximately whacking than hacking. it really is simply homicide in Baltimore nowadays -- and Tess Monaghan herself will be subsequent at the record. As a practiced reporter till her newspaper went to that fab pressroom within the sky, P.I. Tess Monaghan understands and loves each inch of her local Baltimore, even the elements being slobbered on through the sad-sack greyhound she's minding for her uncle. it is a quirky urban the place baseball reigns, yet in recent years murder looks the second one most well liked neighborhood game. enterprise magnate "Wink" Wynkowski is making an attempt to alter all that via bringing professional basketball again to city, and everybody's rooting for him -- till a devastating, muckraking divulge of his lurid prior appears to be like at the entrance web page of the Baltimore Beacon-Light. it is a shock even to the Blight's editors, who proposal they might killed the piece. in its place, the piece killed Wink -- who is present in his storage with the auto operating. Now the Blight desires to nail the unknown desktop hacker who planted the deadly tale, and the project is true up the alley of a former newshound like Tess. however it does not take lengthy for her to find deeper, darker secrets and techniques, and to gain that this example is admittedly extra approximately whacking than hacking. it truly is simply homicide in Baltimore nowadays -- and Tess Monaghan herself could be subsequent at the checklist.
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Then the real basketball players came forward, upstaging the pols with their perfunctorily perfect passes and moves. After a few minutes, the television anchor— At least he’s not dumb enough to come out here bare-legged, Tess noted—seized the floor again. ” The crowd caroled the greeting back. ” screamed one frenzied fan, straight into Tess’s right eardrum. “Kill Tagliabue! Damn Bob Irsay! ” Irsay had taken the Baltimore Colts away on a snowy night in 1984, and although the city had a new football team and Irsay was dead, he was still anathema.
Kitty’s blue eyes were bright with tears. “It’s your Uncle Spike, Tess. He’s at St. Agnes Hospital. ” Chapter 2 “The years, I saw the years,” Spike muttered, his brown eyes glazed and unfocused, incapable of seeing anything. ” “I know, Uncle Spike, I know,” Tess said, patting his hand. But she didn’t know. The years must be his life, fifty-some years in all, passing before his eyes. The cliché was a good sign, she decided. Surely, if death were near, one could be allowed a little originality.
She couldn’t lie to save her life, though. “I heard you on the stairs,” he called back to Tess. “You have a very heavy tread. ” “Pronate,” she said, following him into his office, a spare, un-cluttered room. In a wheelchair for almost forty years, Tyner hadn’t waited for anyone to make the world accessible to him. Although his office was in a nineteenth-century town house better suited to antiques, he had chosen sleek, modern furnishings, which took up less floor space. His desk was a large, flat table, custom made so he could roll right up to it.