Girl in the Green Raincoat

Girl in the Green Raincoat : A Tess Monaghan Novel

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"Lippman is a writing powerhouse. "

--USA Today

"I love her books."

--Harlan Coben

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman--winner of the Edgar(R) Award and every other major literary prize given for mystery and crime fiction--embroils Baltimore p.i. Tess Monaghan in the strange case of The Girl in the Green Raincoat. Originally serialized in the New York Times, The Girl in the Green Raincoat is now in book form for the very first time--a masterful thriller in the Alfred Hitchcock mode that places a very pregnant, homebound Tess in the center of a murderous puzzle that could cost her her life and the life of her unborn child.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 140 x 202 x 15mm | 142g
  • Collins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 006193836X
  • 9780061938368
  • 221,725

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In the third trimester of her pregnancy, Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan is under doctor's orders to remain immobile. Bored and restless, reduced to watching the world go by outside her window, she takes small comfort in the mundane events she observes . . . like the young woman in a green raincoat who walks her dog at the same time every day. Then one day the dog is running free and its owner is nowhere to be seen. Certain that something is terribly wrong, and incapable of leaving well enough alone, Tess is determined to get to the bottom of the dog walker's abrupt disappearance, even if she must do so from her own bedroom. But her inquisitiveness is about to fling open a dangerous Pandora's box of past crimes and troubling deaths . . . and she's not only putting her own life in jeopardy but also her unborn child's.

Previously serialized in the New York Times, and now published in book form for the very first time, The Girl in the Green Raincoat is a masterful Hitchcockian thriller from one of the very best in the business: multiple award-winner Laura Lippman.
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5,587 ratings
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Our customer reviews

I've never read a book by Laura Lippman. I'm not sure why I haven't (although it could have something to do with my recent falling out of love with the mystery genre), but I've seen her name around the book blogging community and when I saw this offering on the NetGalley site, and noticed that it was under 200 pages long I figured I'd give it a go. The Girl in the Green Raincoat is the eleventh Tess Monaghan story, but in spite of not knowing Tess at all, I found myself easily getting my bearings and figuring out who was who fairly quickly. I felt sympathy for Tess and her bedridden state, although I had a harder time understanding just why she seemed to feel resentment toward her unborn daughter. I admit to snorting with laughter at the opening few pages of the book and, as a result, easily understanding the relationship between Tess and Whitney. The mystery was okay, with a nice twist thrown in that, while not completely unseen, still gave me a few details that I hadn't thought of. I do have one nit-picky thing to say though. The raincoat that plays so prominently in this story is described in the book as being "celery green". The book on the cover is definitely not "celery green", being more of an emerald color. It was that very color that drew my eye to the book in the first place, so to have it be described in the book as more of a celery color got to me (probably more than it should have). Such an easy thing to fix - I wonder why it was done that more
by Lydia Presley
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