No Good Deeds
In her ninth outing, PI Tess Monaghan and her self-loathing trust-funder boyfriend shield an obstreperous black teen from feds probing a prosecutor’s murder.
”[T]wo Baltimores. Rich and poor. White and black. Ours. Theirs.”
Tess’ madcap preppy sidekick, Whitney, offers a kid some gin with his cookies.
The rickety plot frames a razor-sharp portrait of ghetto survivalism, liberal guilt, and every ratcheting of social tensions in between.