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.
Having achieved a full sweep of most of the crime genre's major awards, Lippman has recently also entered the US bestseller list on a regular basis, but has undeservedly not reached the same level of success in the UK. Her Tess Monaghan series, featuring a feisty if contrary Baltimore journalist, is a long-standing delight, but her stand-alone thrillers are getting better and better and Wilde Lake, a complex tale of family ties, crimes past and present is a delicate puzzle with deep emotional impact and insights. Youngest scion of a family that has always dominated the city, Lu Brant has just been elected the first female state attorney of the county and prepares to prosecute a mentally ill drifter accused of having beaten a woman to death in her own home. It looks like a straight forward case, but it also dredges up the painful memory of echoes of a case decades past when her own brother was accused of a crime. Soon the connections rise to the surface, and the delicate balance between professional and private begins to waver. Evocative, moving and unstitching slowly like a spider's web, a rewarding achievement with a strong quota of humanity and emotion.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Laura Lippman has, for a couple of decades, been one of the most consistent and rewarding crime writers around, garnering acclaim but somehow never getting fully into the headlight lesser talents have occupied. An ex-journalist as is her recurring heroine Baltimore-based Tess Monaghan, her view of the world is acute but humane and the cases she becomes involved in remain close to the reader's reality. Tess is now a mother and returns, reluctantly, to the investigative fray, follolwing a lengthy interruption and is confronted by the case of a woman who last lost two of her own children to fate following a tragedy in which a third died. Navigating a maelstrom of feelings and emotions, Tess has to face difficult questions and situations as she gets to grips with the case and mines sensitive psychological depths with pinpoint generosity and acuity. A welcome back to a favourite character after several years of stand alone titles.
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...
‘They don’t need to know everything, he reasoned. No one needs to know everything.’ The death of one of a once tight-knit group of children throws the adults together and threatens to expose a disturbing secret they share. Ex-journalist Lippman consistently writes engrossing books, full of psychological suspense, that are a joy to read.
The new nail-shredding novel from New York Times bestseller, Laura Lippman who has been described by acclaimed author Tess Gerritsen, as one of the best crime novelists writing today.. It's a taut and mesmerizing novel that will live long in your mind after turning the last page.
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. Tess Monaghan series:1. Baltimore Blues2. Charm City3. Butchers Hill4. In Big Trouble5. The Sugar House6. In A Strange City7. The Last Place8. By a Spider's Thread9. No Good Deeds10. Another Thing to Fall
Meet Tess Monaghan - ex-Baltimore Star reporter and accidental PI - as she investigates cases of murder, corruption and injustice in Charm City . . .P. I. Tess Monaghan breaks her 'no domestic disputes' rule when she takes on the case of Natalie Rubin, a middle-class wife and mother of three, who has vanished without trace and taken her young children with her. Her husband, Mark, is devastated - he thought they were happy - but Tess is left uneasy by his evident desire to control his wife. Was that the reason that she fled? In her search for Natalie and her children, Tess uncovers explosive secrets that the family has been hiding and the question remains, how far would they go to keep their secrets hidden forever? '[A] cracking good read.' Sunday Independent'Curl up with this gripping thriller.' Woman's Own
'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.
From 'The Everyday Housewife' to 'The Cougar', 'Tricks' to 'Snowflake Time', Laura Lippman's sharp and acerbic stories explore the contemporary world and the female experience through the prism of classic crime, where the stakes are always deadly. And in the collection's longest piece, the novella 'Just One More', she follows the trajectory of a married couple who, tired of re-watching 'Columbo' re-runs during lockdown, decide to join the same dating app: 'Why would we do something like that?' 'As an experiment. And a diversion. We would both join, then see if the service matches us. Just for grins...'
How can a woman who never existed come back to haunt you? 'Spine chilling . . . Misery for the #MeToo generation.' Erin Kelly Gerry Anderson has been having trouble sleeping. He's unwell - bed-bound - and has only his night nurse and his personal assistant for company. But what's really troubling him are the phone calls. Phone calls from a woman claiming to be the 'real' Aubrey. But that can't be. Aubrey's just a character Gerry made up in a book, years ago. Can Gerry see past the ever-blurring lines of fact and fiction and figure out who is threatening him, or has his long-overdue moment of reckoning finally arrived? 'The sharpest, clearest-eyed take on our #MeToo reckoning yet. Plus: enthralling.' Megan Abbott What readers are saying 'A twisty and delightfully sharp thriller.' 'Chillingly addictive.' 'Witty, timely, prescient and skewering the reception of the #MeToo movement.' 'One of the best books I have read this year . . . that ending was brilliant.' 'A great summer read.'
I knew something new about venality - my own. I realized I had become the bad guy in someone else's story. And I deserved it. Laura Lippman's first job in journalism was a rookie reporter in Waco, Texas. Two decades later she left her first husband, quit the newspaper business, and became a full time novelist. I had been creating villains on the page for about seven years when I finally became one. Her fiction has always centered on complicated women, paying unique attention to the intricacies of their flaws, their vulnerability, and their empowerment. Now, finally, Lippman has turned her gimlet eye on a new subject: herself. My daughter was ten days old the first time I was asked if I were her grandmother. In this, her first collection of essays, Lippman gives us a brilliant, candid portrait of an unapologetically flawed life. Childhood, friendships, influences, becoming a mother in later life - Lippman's inspiring life stories are at once specific and universal.
'Haunting . . . Extraordinary.' Stephen King 'Lippman is a natural storyteller at the height of her powers.' Lee Child From the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR of Sunburn SOON TO BE A MAJOR APPLE TV SERIES STARRING NATALIE PORTMAN AND LUPITA NYONG'O 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. Laura Lippman's new novel Dream Girl is available to preorder NOW
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?
From the New York Times bestselling author of Sunburn 'Mesmerizing. Lippman writes with clarity and power.' Stephen King 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, can Heloise secure the safety of herself and her son? 'One of the finest writers in America.' Mark Billingham 'I love her books.' Harlan Coben 'What a knock-out.' Daily Mail
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the NY Times bestselling author of DREAM GIRL and LADY IN THE LAKE (soon to be a major new film) 'A dark, gleaming noir gem. Read it.' GILLIAN FYNN 'Thrilling.' ROXANE GAY 'Note perfect noir . . . Not to be missed.' MEGAN ABBOTT 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 . . . Winner of the eDunnit Award for best crime novel in e book and nominated for the CWA Gold Dagger, 2018. Don't miss Laura Lippman's newest thriller, Dream Girl, out now.
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.
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.
Winner of the eDunnit Award (Best crime novel in e book) 2017'Wilde Lake is a knockout.' Stephen King'Intriguing premise, stunning reveal, irresistible read.' Val McDermid'Wilde Lake is a standout novel: an intelligent, emotional, satisfying mystery that explores huge themes in small-town microcosm, in the manner of To Kill A Mockingbird, the inspiration on which it reflects.' Alex Marwood'Wilde Lake is engrossing, suspenseful and substantial.' Scott TurowLuisa 'Lu' Brant is the newly elected - and first female - state's attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her revered father famously served. Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she sees an opportunity to make her name by trying a mentally disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death in her home. As Lu prepares for the trial, the case dredges up painful memories, reminding her small but tight-knit family of the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man's life. Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Now, Lu wonders if the events of 1980 happened as she remembers them. What details might have been withheld from her when she was a child?The more she learns about the case, the more questions arise. Propelled into the past, she discovers that the legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers and that the truth might be a dangerous thing to learn.
It is early evening, summer time and hot. Two eleven-year-old girls, Alice and Ronnie, are on their way home from a swimming party when they happen to see a baby's stroller, with baby girl sleeping inside, left unattended on the top step of a house. Ronnie says to Alice: 'We have to take care of this baby.' But what exactly does she mean? Four days later the body of little Olivia Barnes is discovered in a hut in Baltimore's rambling Leakin Park by a young rookie detective, Nancy Porter. What can have happened in those four days to bring about this appalling crime? The girls are arrested and found guilty. Seven years later Ronnie and Alice, now eighteen, are released from their separate prisons, back into their old neighbourhood where the mother of baby Olivia still lives. Another child goes missing, and Nancy Porter and her partner get the case ...