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Laura Lippman (1) (1959–)

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Laura Lippman grew up in Baltimore and returned to her home town in 1989 to work as a journalist. After writing seven books while still a full-time reporter, she left the Baltimore Sun to focus on fiction. Laura is the author of What the Dead Know, 2016 New York Times Bestseller, Another Thing to vis mere Fall, After I'm Gone, and Wilde Lake. She also writes the Tess Monaghan series. She has won numerous awards for her work including the Edgar, Quill, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, Agatha, Gumshoe, Barry, and Macavity. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Laura Lippman

What the Dead Know (2007) 2,544 eksemplarer
Jeg vil altid ku' genkende dig (2010) 1,542 eksemplarer
Baltimore Blues (1997) 1,268 eksemplarer
Every Secret Thing (2004) 1,025 eksemplarer
Sunburn (2018) 878 eksemplarer
Lady in the Lake (2019) 865 eksemplarer
After I'm Gone (2014) 842 eksemplarer
Charm City (1997) 778 eksemplarer
Life Sentences (2009) 766 eksemplarer
And When She Was Good (2012) 757 eksemplarer
By a Spider's Thread (2004) 738 eksemplarer
Another Thing to Fall (2008) 723 eksemplarer
To the Power of Three (2006) 716 eksemplarer
The Sugar House (2001) 698 eksemplarer
Butchers Hill (1998) 685 eksemplarer
The Most Dangerous Thing (2011) 674 eksemplarer
No Good Deeds (2007) 641 eksemplarer
Wilde Lake (2016) 622 eksemplarer
In Big Trouble (1999) 608 eksemplarer
In a Strange City (2001) 598 eksemplarer
The Last Place (2003) 581 eksemplarer
Hush Hush (2015) 486 eksemplarer
Dream Girl (2021) 416 eksemplarer
Hardly Knew Her (2008) 282 eksemplarer
Prom Mom (2023) 186 eksemplarer
Seasonal Work (2022) 121 eksemplarer
Baltimore Noir (2006) — Redaktør — 117 eksemplarer
My Life as a Villainess: Essays (2020) 103 eksemplarer
The Best American Mystery Stories 2014 (2014) — Redaktør — 91 eksemplarer
The Book Thing (2013) 70 eksemplarer
Slow Burner (2020) 56 eksemplarer
The Babysitter's Code (2009) 47 eksemplarer
Liza Jane and the Dragon (2018) 15 eksemplarer
Hints of Heloise: Three Stories (2012) 13 eksemplarer
Black-Eyed Susan (2009) 7 eksemplarer
Scratch a Woman (2009) 6 eksemplarer
Five Fires (2014) 6 eksemplarer
A Good Fuck Spoiled (2009) 6 eksemplarer
Nasty Girls: Short Stories (2018) 5 eksemplarer
Femme Fatale and Other Stories (2009) 3 eksemplarer
The Crack Cocaine Diet (2009) 2 eksemplarer
Easy as A-B-C (2009) 2 eksemplarer
ARM and the Woman (2009) 1 eksemplar
Orphans Court [short story] (1999) 1 eksemplar
What He Needed (2009) 1 eksemplar
Ropa Vieja [short story] (2009) 1 eksemplar
Histeri (2009) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon (2011) — Bidragyder — 535 eksemplarer
The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps (2007) — Introduktion — 531 eksemplarer
Like a Charm: A Novel in Voices (2004) — Bidragyder — 316 eksemplarer
Games Creatures Play (2014) — Bidragyder — 203 eksemplarer
D.C. Noir (2006) — Bidragyder — 193 eksemplarer
The Best American Mystery Stories 2005 (2005) — Bidragyder — 188 eksemplarer
The Best American Mystery Stories 2007 (2007) — Bidragyder — 184 eksemplarer
Killer Year: A Criminal Anthology (2008) — Efterskrift — 171 eksemplarer
In the Shadow of the Master: Classic Tales by Edgar Allan Poe (2009) — Bidragyder — 165 eksemplarer
Two of the Deadliest (2009) — Bidragyder — 156 eksemplarer
The Best American Mystery Stories 2006 (2006) — Bidragyder — 152 eksemplarer
Dangerous Women (1998) — Bidragyder — 132 eksemplarer
Death Do Us Part: New Stories about Love, Lust, and Murder (2006) — Bidragyder — 127 eksemplarer
Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found (2014) — Forord — 126 eksemplarer
Tart Noir (2002) — Bidragyder — 110 eksemplarer
Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary (2009) — Bidragyder — 110 eksemplarer
Dublin Noir : The Celtic Tiger vs. The Ugly American (2003) — Bidragyder — 91 eksemplarer
The Mystery Box (2013) — Bidragyder — 91 eksemplarer
USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series (2013) — Bidragyder — 83 eksemplarer
The Big Book of Female Detectives (2018) — Bidragyder — 79 eksemplarer
Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War (2014) — Bidragyder — 70 eksemplarer
The Cocaine Chronicles (2005) — Bidragyder — 68 eksemplarer
Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave (2007) — Bidragyder — 64 eksemplarer
Damn Near Dead: An Anthology of Geezer Noir (2006) — Bidragyder — 63 eksemplarer
Deadly Anniversaries (2020) — Bidragyder — 53 eksemplarer
Dead Man's Hand: Crime Fiction at the Poker Table (2007) — Bidragyder — 52 eksemplarer
The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021 (2021) — Bidragyder — 51 eksemplarer
First Cases: New and Classic Tales of Detection (1999) — Bidragyder — 41 eksemplarer
Murderers' Row (2001) — Bidragyder — 37 eksemplarer
Chesapeake Crimes (2004) — Forord — 34 eksemplarer
Women of the Mean Streets: Lesbian Noir (2011) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer
Bookshop Mysteries: Five Bibliomysteries by Bestselling Authors (2017) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Crime Stories (2007) — Bidragyder — 17 eksemplarer
The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing (2012) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
Killer Women: Crime Club Anthology 2: The Body (2017) — Forord — 7 eksemplarer
Moord uit het boekje (2013) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer

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[i'd know you anywhere] i Reviews of Early Reviewers Books (juli 2011)
Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan series i The City That Reads (Baltimore. Yes, hon, Baltimore.) (februar 2011)


Wondering if I can write a review that balances the amount of enjoyment I derived from the book against the things that I found frustrating about it?

Briefly, the plot revolves around a 38yr old, privileged (beautiful, comfortably wealthy, well married) Jewish housewife (Maddie Schwartz) living in Baltimore in the 1960s who, in the course of realizing she wants more out of her life than throwing dinner parties, ends up pursuing journalism and becoming involved in the investigation of two murders.

Lippman's gimmick is short, brisk chapters that alternate between 3rd person limited (telling what Maddie is up to) and chapters told in 1st person by the various people she interacts with. These 1st person chapters are creative and diverting; what's more, many of them also end up communicating clues and other critical information. The fun is never knowing when something important is going to drop, and being cunning enough to recognize it when it does! Lippman knows how to keep things interesting, and how to keep readers reading.

If only the story lived up to the storytelling! And for the first 75% of the book, I thought it would. But as the novel progresses, Lippman's plotting starts getting sloppier and sloppier: motives become increasingly tenuous, suspects start confessing for no reason other than (seemingly) to further the plot, actions trigger increasingly improbable consequences, and Maddie starts manifesting superhuman abilities (an ability to leap to deductions that would dazzle even Holmes; a sudden, inexplicable capacity for literary genius) despite demonstrating no previous signs of brilliance. Indeed, I found Maddie's whole "character arc" becoming more and more annoying as the story progressed, her early demonstrations of self-awareness and self-actualization (engaging) becoming increasingly narcissistic and condescending (offputting).

What probably irked me the most, though, was the idea of setting a novel in Baltimore in the 1960s, stuffing it with authentic details about the city (lots of interesting references to specific stores, restaurants, neighborhoods, and city institutions) ... but then neglecting to address in any realistic way the simmering racial issues that were festering in the city at that time. While Lippman faithfully represents the structures of racism that existed at that time - institutionalized discrimination, laws preventing miscegenation - her characters, particularly Maddie, behave in ways that seem weirdly oblivious to the social, emotional, or cultural manifestations of those structures. Don't get me wrong - every novel that mentions race doesn't have to be about racism. But the history of Baltimore, especially in the 1960s, is inescapably entangled with social injustice; to ignore that hits as anachronistic. (Speaking of anachronism, what's the deal with the cover art? Would someone who hadn't read the book guess that the face in the background is supposed to be a stunningly beautiful black woman of the 1960s?)

I suppose you might say that reading this is a bit like eating your favorite junk snack food - delicious, as long as you don't make the mistake of thinking too hard about the ingredients or how many empty calories you are consuming.
… (mere)
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Tess is assigned to ?babysit? an actress in new series being staged in Baltimore. Not her best work.
bentstoker | 26 andre anmeldelser | Jan 26, 2024 |
(audio) Story of reappearance of one of two sisters who disappeared at 11 & 13. Is this really one of those sisters.
bentstoker | 124 andre anmeldelser | Jan 26, 2024 |
?Jane Doe? murder opens up discoveries in far reaching places.
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