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Publisher's Summary

For Tess Monaghan, the unsolved murder of a young federal prosecutor is nothing more than a theoretical problem, one of several cases to be deconstructed in her new gig as a consultant to the local newspaper. But it becomes all too tangible when her boyfriend brings home a young street kid who doesn't even realize he holds an important key to the man's death. Tess agrees to protect the boy's identity no matter what, especially when one of his friends is killed in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity. But with federal agents determined to learn the boy's name at any cost, Tess finds out just how far even official authorities will go to get what they want. Soon, she's facing felony charges, and Crow has gone into hiding with his young protege, so Tess couldn't deliver the kid to investigators even if she wanted to.
Time and time again, Tess is reminded of her father's old joke, the one about the most terrifying sentence in the English language: "We're from the government - and we're here to help."
©2006 Laura Lippman (P)2006 HarperCollinsPublishers
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Critic Reviews

"Smartly plotted and paced." (Publishers Weekly)
"Lippman lets each character contribute a piece to the whole, which makes the story richer, and there's some nail-biting suspense as Tess faces off against what she thinks are the big guns of government." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 08-25-15

Best yet of an excellent series!

The best of the series yet, with excellent narration. This seems the most fully developed of a very well developed series & character study full of authentic, believable people. I'm now a full-on Laura Lippman fan.

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5 out of 5 stars
By ReluctanTexan on 11-07-14

This book had a garbled section in chapter 31

I went back over and over to try to understand the story. Although the words were overlapped for only a short time, it was still disappointing. I urge somebody to fix the glitch.

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