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No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
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No Good Deeds (2007)

by Laura Lippman

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Series: Tess Monaghan (9)

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Synopsis: Crow brings home a young man, feeds him dinner and provides a bed. The kid then steals Crow's car and promptly has a wreck. What compounds this is that Lloyd seems to be involved, without knowing it, in the murder of a district attorney.
Review: Interesting twist since this is told through Crow's eyes. ( )
  DrLed | Jul 10, 2017 |
While Tess is putting together a presentation on investigation techniques for the local paper, she coincidentally comes into contact with a young man who knows more than she should about one of the murders she was using as an example. In trying to protect her “source” and figure out who actually committed this murder, Tess finds herself in danger again. Only, this time, other family members and friends may be threatened, too.
While the initial coincidence that sparks Tess’ involvement in this case is pretty farfetched, the rest of the action is compelling and suspenseful, a twisting maze of secrets to uncover. As always the character development of our protagonist, the recurring cast, and even our one-shot villains is well-thought-out and genuine.
This whole series is highly recommended. ( )
  EmScape | Mar 19, 2015 |
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. Soo she's facing felony charges - and her boyfriend, Crow, has one into hiding with his young protege, so Tess can't deliver the kid to investigators even if she wants to. ( )
  jepeters333 | Feb 4, 2014 |
An excellent Tess Monaghan book that shakes things up by using many different points of view to tell the story. Highly recommended. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
This book, the ninth in the Tess Monaghan detective series, begins with a surprise: the preface is narrated by Tess’s boyfriend, Edgar “Crow” Ransome.

Crow is an interesting guy. He is always upbeat, in a nice counterbalance to Tess’s surliness, and is very supportive of Tess and whatever she wants to do. Although younger than Tess, he is devoted to her, even though, as he says, his relationship with Tess is “frustrating, infuriating, heartbreaking, exhilarating.”

Crow, a do-gooder, brings home a black teen, Lloyd Jupiter, who had tried to scam Crow outside the soup kitchen where Crow was delivering food. But it's cold, and Lloyd has no place to sleep. During the night, Lloyd steals some items from Crow and Tess, and then tries to leave in one of their cars, but stalls it out and gets hit by a neighbor. Lloyd runs away, but Tess is determined to find him. She isn't worried about the theft so much as the fact that Lloyd reacted strangely when he heard her say the name of a U.S. Assistant Attorney who was murdered; a murder which Tess is investigating.

Tess and her best friend Whitney manage to find Lloyd and extract the information Tess needs. Tess then reveals what Lloyd told her to the newspapers, on the condition that Lloyd’s name is omitted. The reporter does keep Lloyd’s name a secret, but publishes Tess’s name. Now she is being pursued by the FBI, the DEA, and U.S. Attorney’s Office. Lloyd and Crow are in danger also, and all three end up on the run.

Evaluation: The “mystery” of this book was pretty evident to me right from the beginning, but nevertheless, this installment of the Monaghan series is one of my favorites so far. I really liked the way Lippman integrated race (pun intended) into the plot in a way that is never just black or white (okay, I’ll stop), as well as her exploration of the issues of poverty and “do-gooding.” The characterization is particularly impressive in this book, and I enjoyed the opportunity to get to know Crow a little better. ( )
  nbmars | May 11, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060570733, Mass Market Paperback)

No good deed goes unpunished . . .

Working as a consultant for a Baltimore newspaper, p.i. Tess Monaghan seems far removed from the unsolved slaying of a young federal prosecutor—until her well-meaning boyfriend, Crow, brings a street kid into their lives, a juvenile con artist who doesn't even realize he holds an important key to the sensational homicide. But Tess's ethical decision to protect the boy's identity no matter what could have dire consequences—especially when one of his friends is murdered in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity.

With federal agents threatening her with felony charges—and a killer threatening far worse—Tess couldn't deliver the kid to investigators even if she wanted to once Crow goes into hiding with his young protégé. So her only recourse is to get to the heart of the sordid and deadly affair while they're all still free . . . and still breathing.

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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 then her boyfriend brings home a 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 an apparent 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 her boyfriend has gone into hiding with his protégé, so Tess can't deliver the kid to investigators even if she wants to.--From publisher description.… (more)

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