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Publisher's Summary

Laura Lippman has claimed all the major prizes in mystery writing and is a New York Times best-selling author.

In this seventh novel from Lippman's acclaimed series, Baltimore investigator Tess Monaghan has her hands full with five murder cases that have gone cold. Each has a domestic violence angle, and the cases also share a disturbing connection - one that points to Tess herself.

©2002 Laura Lippman (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Favors for friends don't always turn out as expected, Tess Monagham learns in this harrowing encounter with obsession involving her own past. At the urging of best friend Whitney Talbot, Tess agrees to research how police inexperienced with murder cases handle domestic-violence-related investigations. Delving into the specifics of the five deaths she's been assigned, Tess begins to sense that a simple review of the facts won't suffice and that these aren't isolated incidents. [Lippman] contrasts the methods of the privileged with the ways ordinary folk must cope and how disastrous the results can be when the monstrous invades their lives." ( Booklist)

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Very enjoyable

My only problem with this book is that, unlike the others, you need to have read/heard the first one for it to make sence. That said, I think the narrator is top-notch and the book is suspensful, full of vivid characters and it takes Tess away from Baltimore which is different and interesting.

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Silly factor

I thought the plot was worthy of a more serious treatment by both the author and the reader. Considering that the detective is supposed to be operating her own successful agency, some of her behaviors are extremely unprofessional, and even the former police officer with whom she partnered seemed unrealistically careless in his concluding actions. The treatment was just too frivolous to amount to a really satisfying crime novel. I just hate to see a good plot go to waste.

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Maybe on the re-listen

If you could sum up The Last Place in three words, what would they be?

NOT LIKE OTHERS

If you’ve listened to books by Laura Lippman before, how does this one compare?

The pace was odd. Sometimes it would drag. Maybe if it was a shorter story!!! Odd fill in dialogue. Maybe it's me but!!! When I listen to it again it might click better.

Any additional comments?

The story sometimes dragged along. A little disconnected. Little disappointed.

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well-written and suspenseful

I really enjoyed this audiobook. Barbara Rosenblat did a fantastic job reading it. Although there was a great deal of suspense, I have to say it was one of those books that you don't actually want to finish because the journey was so enjoyable. I have since listened to two more Laura Lippman books, which I have also enjoyed. This one is well worth the time and cost.

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disappointing

I bought this because I had heard Lippman was a good writer and it was on sale here for $4.25 so I couldn't resist trying her out. I will surely avoid Barbara Rosenblat as a narrator again. She turned all the cast, especially Tess, into very flippant, shallow characters.
I really couldn't say if the book was any good or not; either it wasn't very good, or Rosenblat's narration was bad enough to bring the book down with it. If you are interested in this book my recommendation is to go buy it and read it yourself--otherwise I can't recommend it at all.

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Reliably Lippmann

Standard Lippmann: Baltimore, crabs, mystery, murder, mayhem, and Crow. Loved it as an old Baltimore resident, many twists and turns.

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Wow

Ending super suspenseful. Looking forward to the next one. Lippman is my new fave author.

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Not her best

I have listened and enjoyed all previous books but hope that this is not what the next books are. seemed like she had a good idea but couldn't get it down on paper. the story would have been ok if it was 1hour

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Awful narration

I love the Tess Monighan books but Barbara Rosenblat makes them excruciating to listen to. She is so dry, slow, awkward pauses.

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Good step by step deceive

Well written and performed sucking the reader or listener into the story until you can't put it down