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The Innocents (First Published as The Most Dangerous Thing in the US) by Laura Lippman

The Innocents (First Published as The Most Dangerous Thing in the US)

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‘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.

If you like Laura Lippman you might also like to read books by Tess Gerritsen, Kate Atkinson and Megan Abbott.

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The Innocents (First Published as The Most Dangerous Thing in the US) by Laura Lippman

A story of troubled adults, tormented by a secret they shared as children. STAND BY ME meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES. 'As five we were mighty, the points on a star...Once we five joined, it was never boys against girls...Two of our triangles cut themselves off and ran away together, and we were never whole again. Never., Years ago, they were the best of friends. But as time passed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past - and the terrible lies they shared. But now Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the five, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time in years. Could their long-ago lie be the reason for their troubles today? Is it more dangerous to admit to what they,d done or is it the strain of keeping the secret that is beginning to wear down on their souls. Dark, provocative and beautifully written, Laura Lippman,s genre defying novel will appeal to fans of Lionel Shriver, Megan Abbott and Kate Atkinson.


'The Innocents is compelling, suspenseful - everything a great thriller should be - but it is SO much more than that. That rarest of books - a nuanced and beautifully literate page-turner - this confirms what many of us have known for some time. Laura Lippman is not just the author of top-notch psychological thrillers, she is one of the finest writers in America. Simple as that.' Mark Billingham

'A story that ripples with menace, sorrow and the dark churn of adolescence-the prices families pay for secrets, the things we can,t look at in ourselves.' Megan Abbott, bestselling author of The End of Everything

'Lippman delivers an emotionally complex drama that cements her reputation as one of the smartest crime writers around.' People Magazine

'Lippman has long excelled at believable psychological suspense.' Guardian

'One of the most distinctive voices in contemporary fiction...Lippman has once more challenged, realigned and ultimately transcended the boundaries of genre.' New York Observer

'Exquisite as fine jewellery.' Lee Child

'A corker... engrossing.' Observer

'What a knock-out she is.' Daily Mail

'Lippman is a writing powerhouse.' USA Today

'Truly a one-of-a-kind talent.' Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

Laura Lippman

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.

Author photo © Jan Cobb

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.

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Publication date

5th July 2012


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AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


344 pages


Family Drama
Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Thriller / suspense



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