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Laura Lippman - Author

About the Author

Laura Lippman has been awarded every major prize in crime fiction. Since the publication of What the Dead Know, each of her hardcovers has hit the New York Times bestseller list. A recent recipient of the first-ever Mayor's Prize, she lives in Baltimore, New Orleans and New York City with her family.

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Maxim Jakubowski's view on TESS MONAGHAN...

Tess, like her creator Laura Lippman, started off as a journalist in Baltimore, before their career paths diverged and she became a private eye. A modern heroine, with guts and a strong sense of social compassion, she has appeared in 12 novels to date; ANOTHER THINGS TO FALL sees Tess detecting on the set of a TV series, a milieu Lippman knows well as her husband David Simon is the man behind THE WIRE.

Featured books by Laura Lippman

After I'm Gone

After I'm Gone

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2015

When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette 'Bambi' Gottschalk at a dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi's world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes. Though Bambi has no idea where her husband - or his money - might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie. When Julie herself disappears ten years to the day that Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she's left to join her -old lover - until her remains are found in a secluded wooded park. Now, twenty-six years after Julie went missing, Roberto 'Sandy' Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web of bitterness, jealously, resentment and greed stretching over the three decades and three generations that connect these five very different women. And at the center of every woman's story is the man who, though long gone, has never been forgotten: the enigmatic Felix Brewer.

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After I'm Gone

After I'm Gone

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2014

New York Times best seller Laura Lippman returns with a classic story of murder and mystery, in which one man's disappearance echoes through the lives of his wife, daughters - and mistress. When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette 'Bambi' Gottschalk at a Valentine's Dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative if not always legal businesses, she and their three -little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi's world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes. Though Bambi has no idea where her husband - or his money - might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie. When Julie herself disappears ten years to the day that Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she's left to join her -old lover - until her remains are found in a secluded wooded park. Now, twenty-six years after Julie went missing, Roberto 'Sandy' Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web of bitterness, jealously, resentment and greed stretching over the three decades and three generations that connect these five very different women. And at the center of every woman's story is the man who, though long gone, has never been forgotten: the enigmatic Felix Brewer. Somewhere between the secrets and lies connecting past and present, Sandy could find the explosive truth...

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Other books by Laura Lippman

The Power Of Three

The Power Of Three

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

Three girls were best friends - until friendship became murder... From the bestselling author of SUNBURN and LADY IN THE LAKE Baltimore police receive an urgent call out to a school after gunshots are heard coming from a locked girls' toilet. The police find three victims, but only Josie is conscious, and she insists she is not the shooter. Perri is unconscious from a bullet wound that has ripped through her jaw; and Kat is dead, shot in the chest. Detective Lenhardt soon uncovers information that is at odds with the story Josie is telling. Other clues at the scene suggest there was a fourth girl who witnessed the entire episode from behind a locked stall. Where is she now? How did she get out? The crime seems to reach back five years before this fatal shooting, when three girls met aged ten, and took a vow of eternal friendship. How did that passionate friendship change, evolve - and finally fall apart?

Lady in the Lake

Lady in the Lake

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2019

'Haunting... extraordinary.' STEPHEN KING A stunning, multi-voiced, period piece - tackling race, gender politics, and the volatility of mid '60s America - from the author of SUNBURN Cleo Sherwood disappeared eight months ago. Aside from her parents and the two sons she left behind, no one seems to have noticed. It isn't hard to understand why: it's 1964 and neither the police, the public nor the papers care much when Negro women go missing. Maddie Schwartz - recently separated from her husband, working her first job as an assistant at the Baltimore Sun- wants one thing: a byline. When she hears about an unidentified body that's been pulled out of the fountain in Druid Hill Park, Maddie thinks she is about to uncover a story that will finally get her name in print. What she can't imagine is how much trouble she will cause by chasing a story that no-one wants her to tell.

And When She Was Good

And When She Was Good

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

From the New York Times bestselling author of Sunburn Heloise is a single mum, who runs her own business and keeps herself to herself. But Heloise's business is one that takes place in discreet hotel rooms. For the right money, she can be the woman of your dreams. But now her accountant is starting to ask questions, her long-time bodyguard is hinting at new dangers, and in the local news, a so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car. With nothing as it seems, how will Heloise secure the safety of herself and her son?

What the Dead Know

What the Dead Know

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

'Echoes Dennis Lehane's SHUTTER ISLAND and Alice Sebold's THE LOVELY BONES ... but surpasses them' Washington Post A woman causes an accident on a major highway, flees the scene and is later picked up wandering on the shoulder of the Interstate. The accident occurs just a mile from the former home of the Bethany family. Thirty years before, twelve-year-old Heather persuaded her older sister Sunny to let her tag along on a visit to the mall. Neither of the girls has been seen since. Now, the woman on the Beltway claims to be Heather Bethany. Today she has a different name; a different identity. What has prompted this woman to announce her true - if it is true - identity at this moment? As the layers of Heather's past are revealed, secrets are discovered about her parents, sister, friends, teachers, and the detective who handled the case - until finally the shocking truth is uncovered about what really happened to Heather and Sunny on that long ago afternoon.

Liza Jane & The Dragon

Liza Jane & The Dragon

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Weaker Sex

Weaker Sex

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2018

Men in Laura Lippman's haunting and suspenseful stories can be terrified witnesses, unwitting victims, or bemused perpetrators. In Pony Girl and Black-Eyed Susan, young African-American men find themselves bystanders to horrific crimes central to local celebrations. In What He Needed, a happily married magazine editor recounts the end of her marriage to a depressed, possibly dangerous husband. A Good Fuck Spoiled reveals a man terrified by a mistress he never meant to have. And in Easy as A-B-C, a Baltimore contractor offers a new spin on Edgar Allan Poes The Tell-Tale Heart when he falls for a client who hires him to build a wine cellar in her basement. Available singly or as a collection.

Nasty Girls

Nasty Girls

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2018

Meet some of the most dangerous women master of psychological suspense Laura Lippman has ever created in works so dark that her husband observed that most of her short stories center on betrayals between men and women. These stories include a senior citizen porn star (Femme Fatale); two twenty-somethings deranged by calorie deprivation (The Crack Cocaine Diet); a petulant tourist deceived by love in Dublin (Honor Bar); and a mysterious Good Samaritan-hobbyist (Dear Penthouse Forum (A First Draft)). Available singly or as a collection.

Hints of Heloise

Hints of Heloise

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 07/08/2018

Heloise is a suburban madam who flies under the radar in her affluent Maryland community by claiming shes a lobbyist. Featured in Laura Lippmans novel And When She Was Good, Heloise first appeared in two short stories, One True Love and Scratch a Woman. In a third story, Form 95, a police detective spins a web that not even the vigilant Heloise suspects. Available singly or as a collection.

Different for Girls

Different for Girls

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/07/2018

Laura Lippman has long been fascinated by the dangerous vulnerability of teenage girls. In The Babysitter's Codethe inspiration for her critically acclaimed novel, To the Power of Threean adolescent girl decides to take a gun to school. In Hardly Knew Her, Lippman's homage to Carson McCullers The Member of the Wedding, a tomboy learns that growing up means learning how to lie and deceive. And in Ice*a prequel to The Most Dangerous Thinga young girl is literally haunted by a child who drowned in a mysterious accident. Available singly or as a collection.

Sunburn

Sunburn

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

'Sunburn is [Lippman's] dark, gleaming noir gem. Read it.' GILLIAN FYNN Winner of the eDunnit Award for best crime novel in e book, 2018 Nominated for the CWA Gold Dagger, 2018 Meet Polly, which may or may not be her real name, this year's most dangerous leading lady... They meet by chance in a local bar in a small town in Delaware. Polly is heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays and so does he - drawn to this mysterious redhead who unnerves and excites him. Over the course of one hot summer, they abandon themselves to a steamy affair. But each holds back something from the other - dangerous, even lethal, secrets . . .

Tess Chronicles

Tess Chronicles

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 05/06/2018

Laura Lippman's beloved Baltimore private investigator, Tess Monaghan, has been featured in several short stories, including Ropa Vieja, The Shoeshine Man's Regrets, and The Book Thing*. Another story, The Every Day Housewife, provides the first look into the inner life of Tess's mother as a young newlywed in the 1970s. As a bonus, there is also a "e;profile"e; of Tessbylined by former journalist Laura Lippman-that appeared in the award-winning anthology, The Line-Up. Available singly or as a collection.

Five Fires

Five Fires

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2018

Everyone in small-town Bellville is talking about a series of mysterious fires disrupting the typically tranquil summer. The authorities attribute them to heat lightning, but some Belleville residents are not so sureHigh-school student Beth, like everyone else in Belleville, has been following the fires she has plenty of time between her monotonous day job at the deli and solitary nights at home while her mom works late. The fires arent the only unusual occurrence Beths old friend Tara, who left town the year before after a mysterious incident, returns with no real explanation. Circumstances only get stranger when Beth unwittingly discovers clues as to what or who is the cause of the fires.

Sunburn

Sunburn

Author: Laura Lippman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

'Every time Laura Lippman comes out with a new book, I get chills because I know I am back in the hands of the master. She is simply a brilliant novelist, an unflinching chronicler of life in America right now, and Sunburn is her dark, gleaming noir gem. Read it.' Gillian Flynn 'Extraordinary . . . full of just-one-more chapter, stay-up-late suspense, but packed too with nuance, subtlety, observation and humanity.' Lee Child 'Note-perfect noir ... not to be missed.' Megan Abbott What kind of woman walks out on her family? Gregg knows. The kind of woman he picked up in a bar three years ago precisely because she had that kind of wildcat energy. And now she's vanished - at least from the life that he and his kid will live. We'll follow her, to a new town, a new job, and a new friend, who thinks he has her figured. So who is this woman who calls herself Polly? How many times has she disappeared before? And who are the shadowy figures so interested in her whereabouts? Laura Lippman's brilliant new novel - Anne Tyler's Ladder of Years as if written by James M. Cain - will ensnare you in the life of one of crime fiction's most unforgettable heroines.

Sunburn

Sunburn

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 27/02/2018

'Sunburn is [Lippman's] dark, gleaming noir gem. Read it.' GILLIAN FYNNNominated for the CWA Gold Dagger, 2018Meet Polly, which may or may not be her real name, this year's most dangerous leading lady...They meet by chance in a local bar in a small town in Delaware. Polly is heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays and so does he - drawn to this mysterious redhead who unnerves and excites him. Over the course of one hot summer, they abandon themselves to a steamy affair. But each holds back something from the other - dangerous, even lethal, secrets . . .

Life Sentences

Life Sentences

Author: Laura Lippman Format: eBook Release Date: 15/09/2016

A writer discovers the truth about her past in this haunting and multi-layered thriller from the multi-award-winning New York Times bestseller. What if you found out that the central story of your life was a lie?A successful writer returns to her hometown of Baltimore on the hunt for new material and stumbles into the middle of a mystery which takes her back to her schooldays. Former classmate Callie Jenkins hit the headlines when she was jailed for 7 years having refused to give up the whereabouts of her missing child. But why did she remain silent? And whatever happened to the little boy?Cassandra thinks she can find out. But in the course of her investigation she finds out that her own history might be far from the truth...