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Another thing to fall, Laura Lippman

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Another thing to fall
Title
Another thing to fall
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Laura Lippman
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eng
Summary
When the production of a TV series in Baltimore brings mayhem and murder to the area, private investigator Tess Monaghan finds her job complicated by the acting skills of her numerous suspects
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  • Savvy women detectives aren't in short supply, but Tess Monaghan, reporter turned PI, has both a distinctive personality and a relatively untapped location. Her hometown, Baltimore, figures more prominently than usual in her latest thriller, in which a film company, in Charm City to make a television show, hires Tess to protect one of its stars, ostensibly from a stalker. But as it turns out, self-involved Selene Waites, 20, isn't really the one who needs protecting; the director's assistant is brutally beaten to death, and Tess finds her duties have expanded to include solving the crime. It's a kick watching practical, down-to earth Tess investigate and spar with grudging Hollywood types—especially Selene, who's so slippery that Tess calls in her tough, cynical friend Whitney to help babysit. Lippman gives the movie people, cast and producers, plenty of personality, although she occasionally drifts close to stereotype: the whiny, aging male lead; the womanizing writer; the filmmaker battling his father's legacy; the young starlet who has better things to do than spend her time in Baltimore; the scheming assistant who's a good match for her self-absorbed bosses. There's also the voice of an unknown other, whose role isn't fully revealed until the end. Plenty of red herrings and personality clashes make this a delightfully quick, satisfying read. Expect Tess' ever expanding fan base to grow still more. -- Zvirin, Stephanie (Reviewed 03-15-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 14, p4)
  • Hollywood comes to Baltimore in bestseller Lippman's assured 10th PI Tess Monaghan caper (after 2006's No Good Deeds ). When Tess literally stumbles onto the set of Mann of Steel , a big-budget TV miniseries shooting in her neighborhood, she finds herself hired as a bodyguard for Selene Waites, the show's 20-year-old hard-partying star. Flip Tumulty—the show's writer and son of a Baltimore-born Hollywood mogul—tells Tess the set has been plagued by vandalism and he fears for Selene's safety. Tess soon uncovers unsettling photos of Selene and learns they were taken by Wilbur Grace, a stalker who later hanged himself. When one of the crew members is murdered, Tess suspects someone may be trying to shut down more than the TV production. While the excitement level may not match that of other recent entries in the series, fans will appreciate the author's usual authentic local color and intricate plotting. 15-city author tour. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 14, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 2, p37)
  • Baltimore is the temporary home of a big- budget television series, which doesn't please the locals as much as one would think. Tess Monaghan (No Good Deeds ) manages to ruin a day's shooting while out rowing and in the process finds herself the sought-after security detail for Selene, the show's 20-year-old star. Strange things are happening on set, and Tess agrees to babysit providing the producers give boyfriend Crow's latest project, Lloyd, a job. The details are worked out, but when Tess is outsmarted by Selene, she is forced to bring in extra help. Then a production staffer is murdered, and it seems as if everyone on set is suspect, from the producers to the actors to the writers and the staff. The production of a TV series is complicated business, and Lippman includes lots of Hollywood detail in this Charm City murder mystery. It's an interesting story with a lot of characters, but, unfortunately, Tess is the only one that is fully fleshed out. Not Lippman's best effort, but fans of the series will want to read it anyway. Recommended for larger fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/07.]—Stacy Alesi, Boca Raton, FL --Stacy Alesi (Reviewed February 15, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 3, p93)
  • An early morning rowing accident lands Baltimore PI Tess Monaghan (No Good Deeds, 2006, etc.) what may be the worst job of her life.When a film crew's motorboat upends her scull into the Patapsco, Tess Monaghan gets more than a good dunking. She also gets the untempting offer of a job as bodyguard to Selene Waites, bratty young star of the TV show Mann of Steel, the saga of a steelworker who time-travels in order to woo 18th-century Baltimore belle Betsy Patterson. Anorexic Selene doesn't have much body to guard, and the stalker who took creepy pictures of her killed himself. The only reason Tess even considers head writer Flip Tumulty's proposition is the hope of snagging some work on the show for Floyd Jupiter, a former street kid who, absent gainful employment, is fast reverting to his evil ways. Even when Floyd is stuck with the job of unpaid intern and a womanizing writer calls Tess an asshole, the work still seems worth her while—at least until whoever's pulling a series of annoying pranks, like putting hair remover in the male lead's face cream, takes it a step too far, and a production assistant ends up dead.Like lunch at Atwater's, Tess's latest leaves you fully satisfied but looking forward to next time. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
237904
Cataloging source
UPZ
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lippman, Laura
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Tess Monaghan mystery
Series volume
10
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Monaghan, Tess (Fictitious character)
  • Television programs
  • Actresses
  • Bodyguards
  • Women private investigators
  • Baltimore (Md.)
  • Maryland
Target audience
adult
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Another thing to fall, Laura Lippman
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
325 pages
Isbn
9780062070937
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)188056161
  • (OCoLC)310125461
  • 2882812
  • (DLC)ppl00031789
Label
Another thing to fall, Laura Lippman
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
325 pages
Isbn
9780062070937
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)188056161
  • (OCoLC)310125461
  • 2882812
  • (DLC)ppl00031789

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