Reporter-turned-p.i. Tess Monaghan loves every inch of her native Baltimore a quirky city where baseball reigns, and homicide seems to be the second most popular sport. Business tycoon Wink Wynkowski wants to change all of that by bringing pro-basketball back to town a laudable mission that s greeted with widespread cheers . . . and a muckraking front page expose of his past in the Baltimore Beacon-Light. The Blight s surprised editors are sure they killed the piece. Instead, the piece kills Wynkowski, who s discovered asphyxiated in his garage with his car s engine running. Now the paper wants former newshound Tess to track down the rogue computer hacker whose prank took a human life. But there s more than cyber-crime involved here and Tess is about to discover firsthand that trying to stay alive in Charm City is murder these days."