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No Good Deeds (Tess Monaghan Novel) Mass Market Paperback – February 27, 2007
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She deserves to be read by everyone. And here's why:
1) Tess. As main characters go, she's a great heroine and a full-rounded character. This isn't some character (like Jack Ryan, for example) that's been in so many books that they've become rounded by no fault of the writer because they've had the guy do everything from analyst to Pope (joke there). Tess has been dynamic, exciting, puzzling, troubled, funny, and entertaining since the first book. It just happens that her characterization gets better with each book (we'll get to more of that later on).
2) Side characters. Like JK Rowling, Laura Lippman knows that readers love good side characters. Where would the Harry Potter books be without Ron and Hermione. Same can be said for Crow, Tyner, Kitty, Whitney (who I think I love a little), and other characters that I'm forgetting and I apologize. Laura gives us great, dynamic side characters to populate her world and they are a joy to come back to again and again. also, her addition of new characters in each book is great. Each character in No Good Deeds is spot on from the Feds to the eager-beaver district attorney to Lloyd.
3) Baltimore. Her city is the second main character.Read more ›
"No Good Deeds" shows what happens when these worlds intersect, as they do amazingly often. A teenager named Lloyd Jupiter knows more than he should about the murder of a U.S. attorney. News junkies will immediately recognize the real-life analog to the bizarre stabbing death of federal prosecutor Jonathan Luna, which Lippman acknowledges as her inspiration in an author's note.
Crow Ransome brings Lloyd home after catching him involved in a tire-slashing scam. His girlfriend, private investigator Tess Monaghan, finds the kid to be a bit shady, but turns his story over to the local paper. Publication of the information backfires, and those in charge of finding Luna's killers prove to have agendas of their own.
Lippman's latest mystery will delight not only her regular Tess Monaghan fans but perhaps a wider audience that really should include most fiction buyers in Baltimore and environs. (As further evidence of Lippman's observations about Smalltimore, a disclaimer: Laura and I worked for the same employer years ago.) Laura really captures not only the city but its leading newspaper (where only the biggest murders rate more than two paragraphs), as well as the city's police, and most of all Mobtown's underclass and their ingenuity in pursuing petty crime and grifting.Read more ›
It is finely crafted suspense populated with realistic characters that are worth caring about.
PI Tess Monaghan lands a consulting job with her former employer, Baltimore's Beacon Light.
The murder of a Federal prosecutor grabs Tess's attention. It starts out as an abstract example for journalistic investigation...but grows into much more.
Chance steps in when Tess's boy friend brings a scam artist/street kid home...the initial good deed. It turns out the kid (Lloyd Jupiter) is a link in the murder chain.
Wise enough to know he needs to remain invisible, Lloyd disappears.
During Tess's odyssey of discovery, much seems amiss with the official investigation. Protecting her source (Lloyd), Tess gives the paper as much as she knows...another good deed. This places Tess, her boy friend and Lloyd in jeopardy.
In peril from who is the question.
Tess's life is turned upside down by rogue agents from the FBI and DEA abetted by an ambitious Assistant US Attorney...revealing a wholly amoral world.
The tension builds steadily as the plot strands start to entwine in this notable and provocative novel.
"No Good Deeds" is entertaining and disturbing. Laura Lippman captures the allure of Baltimore in convincing fashion.
It starts strong and holds your attention.
Laura Lippman is the real deal...she writes with poise and flair...must reading!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have loved this series up to this point EDIT I finally finished.. I know you have to be able to suspend belief to enjoy most works of fiction, TV, movies or books but a good... Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. Shaw
*mild spoilers possible though I will do my best to avoid them.*
Summary: Lloyd Jupiter is a black kid trying to make a living on the streets of Baltimore. Read more
TWO STARS, maybe, but I like Lippman. NO GOOD DEEDS is no doubt the weakest of the first ten books featuring Tess Monaghan. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wooley in PSL
This is a good read. A man helps a street kid who turns out to be important in a recent homicide. The kid becomes part of the investigation, but no one can find him. Read morePublished 10 months ago by SOPHISTICATEDSALLY
This book was a little boring. I expected more and it didn't deliver.Published 14 months ago by Guster
I have been a huge fan of this series, and was reading the books in order, liking the series and the characters more and more as I progress. Read morePublished 14 months ago by St. Germain en Laye
As always Laura Lippmann delivers another good Tess Monaghan story. The ending chapter was a little weird with Crow telling the end of the story.Published 16 months ago by Carol McCormack
This is one of the better Tess. Monaghan novels. Its premise is interesting and the conclusion is both unexpected and exciting. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Steven L. Fritz