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Ostatnie miejsce (Tess Monaghan #7)

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Różne ofiary. Różne narzędzia zbrodni. Różne metody działania.
Pozornie nic nie łączy pięciu niewyjaśnionych zabójstw popełnionych w Baltimore w ostatnich pięciu latach. Policja uznała te sprawy za zamknięte. Teraz rodzina jednej z ofiar zleca śledztwo Tess Monaghan. Zagłębiając się w przeszłość zamordowanych kobiet, Tess natrafia na coś zastanawiającego: wkrótce przed śmie
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published March 2009 by Wydawnictwo Amber (first published 2002)
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Jun 19, 2008 stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone.
Recommended to stephanie by: Agatha Donkar
Shelves: 2008, mystery, 2011
re-read february, 2011:

I LOVE CARL. oh man, he broke my heart a million times over. and so did lousia o'neal, and oh, just so many. it was really sad. oh, CARL.

and i totally get why tess just wanted to screw crow sometimes. the fact that nothing is random. the poor women. the doctor. dottie.

mostly, though, carl.


first read: june 17, 2008

i feel kind of wrong classifying lippman with the other trashy thrillers - she's not particularly trashy, though she does write thrillers.

this book, this bo
I absolutely loved the What the Dead Know, which is the only reason that I became interested in Laura Lippman to begin with. I found this book to be really disappointing. I really didn't care for the main character, Tess, either. The only mystery in this book is if the reader is going to make it to the end or ditch it altogether. Since this is part of a series, I'll just make sure that I never read one of her books in the "Tess series" again. Had I read this book before What the Dead Know, I wou ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**edited 01/24/14

There's nothing more satisfying than a clichéd plot that is done well enough to be elevated to something more significant.

In the detective noir genre, there's nothing more chlichéd than a serial killer, and The Last Place is Lippman's obligatory serial killer book. It starts out with a scene that, with another author, might be treated as a joke. Lippman's private investigator protagonist, Tess Monaghan, at her friend Whitney's instigation, tricks a wannabe pedophile into taking
It's been a long time since I've read a book in this series. This one started off slow, so I kept putting it aside and picking up others. Then, about halfway through, it grabbed my attention and kept it. Then, I didn't want to put it aside at all, I just wanted to sit and finish it ASAP. In this episode, Tess gets into a little trouble and ends up with court-mandated anger management for 6 months. Her friend Whitney gets her involved in a "project" looking for problems with police and domestic v ...more
Feb 13, 2016 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, mystery
A well written and involved plot that provides suspense, some humor and well drawn characters. Tess Monaghan gets herself in hot water which results in court appointed therapy which rankles her for a number of reasons. Her friend, Whitney, is part of a group of non-profit organizations and offer Tess her next assignment involving five old murder cases. Tracking down the details of those cases and finding a common thread in all of them put Tess at risk and afraid for her life and that of her frie ...more
Oct 25, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series very much. In this installment, Tess Monaghan is put on probation after she is arrested for attacking a pedeophile. She is hired by her friend Whitney to work for her foundation's board to review some old cold cases that involve domestic violence. As Tess begins to review the cases, it becomes clear that there is a link between the cases and that the murderer is not finished yet. Very well written and I love Ms. Lippman's style of writing. It grabs you and keeps you reading un ...more
Really nicely done by Lippman here - the introspective turn and more serious tone work wonders in showing Tess as a fully realized character. Seeing her growth and change over the course of the series of one of the delights of Lippman's writing - she truly makes you feel as though Tess could walk off the page and into the world.
Mar 28, 2008 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These Baltimore mystery/detective novels are great beach or late night can't sleep reads--Tess Monaghan as the lead detective can be annoying, but probably only because she's a realistic person--with annoying traits and redemptive moments.
Dec 30, 2012 Sherri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like coffee or pie, reading a Tess Monaghan mystery is always comforting...never too violent or gory, based in Baltimore, and with a heroine you would happily claim as friend or daughter. This was no different...a perfect holiday read.
Jane Dugger
Couldn't put it down.

Oh ... I also love reading these books because I always learn new words. Here are the ones I didn't know:
Ahhh yes. This is it. Best book of the series to date, and really digs into who Tess is, how far she has travelled since she began, and just how dark she can get. The stakes are high in this one, and it's fantastic. Excellent plot and pacing, new characters to dig into, and best of all, Tess Monahan keeps learning and growing, reluctant and arguing every step of the way. Loved it.
Jane Rutherford
Read Harder Challenge 2017 - Task 10 - Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
Jan 07, 2017 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Tess has a stalker, still one of her good ones.
Jun 28, 2014 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tess gets a job working for a team of nonprofits who want to show that domestic violence cases are not getting the attention they deserve. Tess accepts the position somewhat reluctantly, as it involves interviewing detectives and victim families of five unsolved murders chosen from different agencies in the state of Maryland.

But wait. First, Tess and best friend Whitney Talbot decide to interfere with the activities of an apparent sex offender - a man who meets teen girls online and draws them i
Lelia Taylor
Apr 23, 2012 Lelia Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: full-reviews
The Last Place
Laura Lippman
William Morrow, October 2002
ISBN 0380978199

Tess Monaghan, Baltimore private investigator, is in trouble with the law, all because she and her friend, Whitney, tracked down a guy who uses the internet to prey on young girls and then proceeded to humiliate him in a rather unique way. Now, Tess is sentenced to 6 months of weekly anger management therapy. Tess, of course, does not think she needs this at all.

Feeling bad for getting her friend into this, Whitney ge
Dec 27, 2016 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Another satisfying installment in this series. Loved Carl.
Sue Fletcher
Feb 17, 2017 Sue Fletcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent mystery. Good story, interesting characters and plenty of intrigue. Well done!
Jan 01, 2011 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#7 Tess Monaghan mystery set in Baltimore. Whitney, Tess's good friend, sends some work her way from a consortium of non-profits that she is on the board of. They're researching police techniques in the rural areas around the city in hopes of finding some fuel for their fire: more funding for domestic violence prevention. If they can prove that the rural police messed up and need more education, they hope to lobby the legislature for the funding.

They hand Tess five unrelated, unsolved homicides
Dec 06, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, mystery
Wow. Simply wow. Laura Lippman is an amazing writer whose work just keeps getting better. If the next book in this series follows in this pattern it must be mythic, because it's hard to believe this book could be improved upon. Lippman experiments a bit with her style in this book by including passages from the killer's perspective. It makes the killer both more human and infinitely more scary!

Now some generalities about the plot (with minimal spoilers I promise.) This book ties up just about a
While I didn't like this book as well as a prior 4 rating, I thought the writing and characterization were well done though and this book seemed to have more tension in the plot development, hence the rating. Perhaps that was due to the structure which, I thought, created a sense of foreboding. I enjoyed the characters and the storylines, with the therapist and with Carl. The other characters (like Crow and Whitney) were way in the background on this one, almost too far back as far as character ...more
Apr 18, 2011 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the seventh book in the Tess Monaghan detective series.

Tess, 31, is a private detective in Baltimore with a younger boyfriend named Crow, a best friend named Whitney, and two dogs, Esskay and Miata. Whitney asks Tess to do some investigative work for a consortium her family’s foundation has joined. The task they are tackling is the reduction of domestic violence. One of the consortium members believes police are not adequately handling domestic cases, and wants five open murder cases ree
Jan 25, 2014 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, mystery
Another day, another Tess Monaghan mystery. This one was darker, more intense that the others. I mean, there's always danger in these books, always death (or at least the risk of death), but here, everything was personal. The villain was a serial murderer, not a thief who felt forced into murder--he was a killer just because he was, and Tess wasn't just someone who got in his way. She was his target.

It was a good mystery, with good twists and a couple of new characters that I appreciated. I mis
Sep 03, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To recap: I'm reading through Lippman's oeuvre in chronological order, trying to figure out what allows certain crime authors to escape the genre and achieve some literary acclaim.

I believe this is the last Tess Monaghan before she started doing standalone novels.

The main aspect of this book that annoyed me was the interludes told from the point of view of the (of course) nameless male serial killer antagonist. Lippman's not the only one to do this, but it bugs me every single time. If you can't
Aug 15, 2011 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
The 7th in Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan series and the best one yet since the first. Tess is such a terrific protagonist. Tough, flawed but totally likable. In this story she is asked to investigate a series of five seemingly unrelated homicides over the last 6 years only to find, with time and lots of wrong turns the common link. She hooks up with a retired Toll Cop, Carl, who is obsessed and flawed himself but an absolutely perfect partner for Tess in this story. The book is amazingly written ...more
Aug 05, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This is the first Tess Monaghan mystery I have read, and I really enjoyed it. Fast-paced, plenty of thrills and spills along the way, although it wasn't the sort of thing that the reader can enjoy solving alongside the slueth - the clues were a bit too internal for that.

The story starts with Tess being sentenced to mandatory anger management counselling after a trick paid on a peodophile goes wrong. She is also asked to investigate five murders that may have been overlooked by the local police.
Jul 14, 2016 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Most suspenseful Tess Monghan adventure yet. The premise is a bit questionable--a nonprofit hires Tess to look into the police investigations of five unsolved murders, supposedly to provide the research to help it get a government grant. However, the person who chose the murders definitely has an ulterior motive.

Lippman does some alternating between the bad guy's point of view and Tess's investigation as she moves closer to nailing him. The big finish is one of those superhero kind of scenes, bu
Feb 04, 2012 Betted rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A "can't-put-it-down" book. I found an older release after reading her other top-knotch novels and found this to be one of her best.

I simply adore author Laura Lippman. It might be because sets her mysteries in Baltimore and Maryland and her descriptions are so familiar to me since I grew up in Baltimore County and points north.

The heroine seeks hilarious revenge on a man who plays at date rape (and any woman out there will applaud her tactics!) but gets herself in hot water with the law for he
Jessica Woodbury
Dec 12, 2011 Jessica Woodbury rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fluff, crime-mystery
Ratings are so subjective. This gets 4 stars not because it's as good as some of my other 4-star books, but because it's definitely 4-star fluff.

I used to plow through fluff at a crazy rate and find myself regularly unsatisfied. Lately I've read very little fluff, which is probably best because it's still generally unsatisfying.

It's been a long time since I read a Tess Monaghan novel, and maybe it's because I've taken such a long break from fluff that I realized just how nicely plotted this on
Good LORD I'm tired of suspense novels involving the stalking of the protagonist as she investigates one or more cases that turn out to be related TO HER. Sorry, people who got killed but your deaths are actually about the person investigating them, not you. It's a weird sort of ego, I think--the character's so important that she can't just solve the crime, she has to be the center of it.

Now that that's off my chest, a decent read with Lippman's usually engaging characters, terrific sense of pl
Debbie Maskus
Oct 25, 2009 Debbie Maskus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another Tess Monaghan novel set in Baltimore about a private investigator. Tess is asked to research how the police handled five homicides, and during this investigation she uncovers the work of a serial killer. The story interweaves past encounters that Tess had with Luisa O'Neal and ex-boyfriend Jonathan. One of my favorite lines are : You couldn't bargain or barge your way into immortality, like some desperate fleeing the Titanic, holding a child in his arms. You had to believe in som ...more
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Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for othe ...more
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