The Sugar House

The Sugar House

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Tess Monaghan's life is back on course. She is beginning to make a name for herself as a PI, she's even banking good money. And then her father asks her a favour: to investigate the death in prison of a friend's brother convicted of killing an unidentified girl, otherwise known as 'Jane Doe'. Tess's search leads her to 'the Sugar House', a brutal institution where she discovers Jane Doe's real identity. And then Tess's father begs her to drop the case. It is not until her parents' house is set on fire and a body pulled from the wreckage that she realises that her life may have taken a very wrong turning indeed - one from which there is no going back.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780380978175
0380978172
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 24 cm

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Dec 15, 2009

Very complex mystery. The denouement takes considerable time to wind up all the parts of the story. However, Lippman juggles all the parts of her story admirably and ties up all the loose ends in a satisfying manner. Tess Monaghan manages to confront the villains and disarm them figuratively so that they are not a threat to her family.

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