By Laura Lippman
Brand-new tales via: David Simon, Laura Lippman, Tim Cockey, Rob Hiaasen, Robert Ward, Sujata Massey, Jack Bludis, Rafael Alvarez, Marcia Talley, Joseph Wallace, Lisa Respers France, Charlie Stella, Sarah Weinman, Dan Fesperman, Jim Fusilli, and Ben Neihart.Laura Lippman has lived in Baltimore so much of her existence and she or he may have spent much more time there if the editors of the solar had agreed to rent her past. She attended public colleges and has lived in different of the city’s targeted neighborhoods, together with Dickeyville, Tuscany-Canterbury, Evergreen, and South Federal Hill.
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He didn’t really have friends. Mee-maw was his whole life and he had been content to care for her through all her pain and illness. He would have done that forever. But once that job was done, he was done, too. My mother sold the house for $75,000. That was a dozen years ago and boy did we think we had put one over on the buyers. Seventy-five thousand! For a house on Decatur Street in Locust Point. And all cash for my mom, because it had been paid off forever. We went to Hausner’s the night of the closing, toasted our good fortune.
Who the hell could it be standing there on that corner at 10:30 in the cold? He took a step toward the huge hulking figure, and then, even before the guy lit a cigarette revealing his long, haggard face, he knew. The man was none other than Crazy Louis Wetzel, and the shock of seeing him here, right here where it had happened so long ago, made Tom break out in an icy sweat. “Hey, look who it ain’t,” Wetzel said, spraying some spittle in Tom’s direction. He smiled a weird, gap-toothed grin at Tom, and reached out to shake hands.
We belong here. Laura Lippman February 2006 Baltimore, Maryland PART I The Way Things Used to Be EASY AS A-B-C BY LAURA LIPPMAN Locust Point Another house collapsed today. It happens more and more, especially with all the wetback crews out there. Don’t get me wrong. I use guys from Mexico and Central America, too, and they’re great workers, especially when it comes to landscaping. But some other contractors aren’t as particular as I am. They hire the cheapest help they can get and the cheapest comes pretty high, especially when you’re excavating a basement, which has become one of the hot fixes around here.
Baltimore Noir by Laura Lippman