Results of the Anthony Award in the year 2000.
Edgar Award-winner Laura Lippman is developing a reputation as one of the most exciting new detective fiction authors in years. Now she delivers her most suspenseful novel yet, and places Baltimore’s Tess Monaghan…In Big Trouble.
First as a reporter and then as a p.i., Tess Monaghan has learned how to survive and thrive on the streets of Baltimore. But a new case will force her to confront her own past, and a man she loved and lost. It starts when she gets a newspaper photograph of her old boyfriend with a tantalizing shard of headline attached: In Big Trouble. The answers lie far from Baltimore, deep in a world of good-time music, old-fashioned ambiiton, and rich people’s games. For Tess must find out what happened to a man she thought she knew, to a woman who may have changed him forever, and to the victims of a killer who dances to a different—and deadly—drummer.
Girona, Spain, 1354. Blind physician Isaac of Girona is summoned to accompany the Bishop Berenguer to Tarragona for a Bishops’ Council. But messengers from the Pope keep turning up dead—and Isaac soon finds himself embroiled in court intrigue and murder on the road to Tarragona.
Gruesome slasher murders are spreading terror in San Francisco. The pressure is on the police force to track down the killer before another young woman is found, throat cut, body abandoned. Homicide Inspector Kate Gillespie is picked to lead the search with her partner, old-timer Sam Scolari.
This is the case that could make Kate’s career. But the next victim stops her in her tracks—Sam’s ex-wife. All evidence points to him. He goes underground, leaving Kate alone to prove his innocence, or his guilt.
Kate has to find the killer before the cops find Sam. Complicating matters is Mike “Torrid” Torrance, the sexiest Internal Affairs officer ever to carry a badge. He’s watching Kate, an assignment that brings them far closer than they expected. Without a partner she can trust…with a killer and a cop watching her every move…can Kate find the truth before it’s too late?
It’s a city of sin. And murder is only one of them.
New Orleans Attorney Tubby Dubonnet is getting tired of his slow-moving, indolent city—with all its dirt and dancing, its colorful characters and corruption. For Tubby, a change of scenery might be in order, until a moralistic crusading prosecutor tries to destroy the career and reputation of Tubby’s favorite judge.
Suddenly Tubby has a good reason to get out of bed in the morning. Because a little matter of office sex has turned into a nasty mystery of murder, rape, and suicide, real and imagined. And with more than a fair share of femmes fatales around him, and some dangerous criminals masquerading as reputable businessmen, Tubby suddenly has a lot more to do than avoid his next bottle and plot his next meal: he needs a lucky break—just to stay alive…
Elliot Steil, the son of a Cuban mother and an American-bo rn laborer living on the island before the revolution, is a down-on-his-luck schoolteacher in Havana. Like so many of his fellow Havanans, he has come to accept his rather dull life and for the most part has given up hoping for a better future. But unexpectedly he is offered the opportunity to escape when a man appears on the island, claiming to be an old friend of Elliot’s deceased father. The man offers to take Elliot to the United States, but it isn’t long before he reveals his ulterior motives and Ell iot is left to die in the dangerous waters of the Florida Straits. It is there that Elliot begins to relive the events of his life that have haunted him since his childhood. He is miraculo usly rescued by a family onboard a makeshift raft and soon after ar riving in Miami begins his search for the man who betrayed him. As the search immerses him deeper and deeper into Miami’s darker side of crime and corruption, he slowly unravels the mystery of his bicultural past and its links to the man who knew his father many decades earlier.