It was a case Tess turned down but now she s caught up in a web of obsession and murder . . .
Every year on the 19th January, for the past fifty years an unknown visitor has left three red roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac on the grave of Edgar Allan Poe. When a prospective client asks PI Monaghan to investigate, he refuses, after all, no crime is being committed.
But she does go to the 19th January vigil as an observer. In the freezing darkness she watches as two cloaked figures approach the grave, appear to embrace and then part. The there's a gunshot and one is killed. Tess quickly learns the dead man is not the regular visitor. So who is he? And why was he there? When it turns out that Tess's would-be client had given her a fake name, she know she must try to find him.
Then an old friend from her past surfaces, claiming that the shooting was a homophobic hate crime, and things get even more complicated...
Before becoming a full-time novelist, Laura Lippman was a newspaper reporter for many years. She has won just about every crime writing award going, including the Anthony Award and non genre awards for Literary Excellence. She lives in Baltimore with her partner, the writer David Simon, and their daughter.