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Wilde Lake: A Novel af Laura Lippman
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Wilde Lake: A Novel (udgave 2016)

af Laura Lippman (Forfatter)

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Luisa "Lu" Brant is the newly elected-- and first female-- state's attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her widower 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. It's not the kind of case that makes headlines, but peaceful Howard County doesn't see many homicides. 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?… (mere)
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Titel:Wilde Lake: A Novel
Forfattere:Laura Lippman (Forfatter)
Info:William Morrow (2016), Edition: 1St Edition, 368 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Wilde Lake af Laura Lippman

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    BookshelfMonstrosity: In small towns where grown children have complicated relationships with their fathers, lawyers find that repressed family histories come bubbling to the surface in the wake of dramatic murder cases. Both novels mix legal intrigue with suspense and genuine emotion.… (mere)
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Another book where memory plays an important role. I enjoyed the unspooling if the mysteries in this book, Ms. Lippman has a great feel for pace and flow. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman is a 2016 William Morrow publication.

One- part family saga, one- part mystery-

Luisa “Lu” Brant, a newly elected state’s attorney is drawn into a case that on the surface isn’t all that sexy. A homeless man kills a woman, but the case suddenly thrusts Lu back in time- to 1980- when an incident at Wilde Lake, involving her brother, one that may have come back to haunt them all.

This story leans more towards buried secrets, family entanglements, and relationships, than on the murder mystery at the center of it all. There is a nostalgic mood interwoven with a feeling of dread, as the past catches up with the present.

The writing is exceptional, hypnotic almost, and I found myself deeply involved in the story, especially the parts where Lu discusses her childhood and her relationship with her father and brother.

Lu’s narrative is absorbing, to say the least, but occasionally, I was able to shake free from her spell long enough to question why Lippman was spending so much time in Lu's past when she should be connecting the dots of the murder case.

But I was so caught up in the tale, the emphasis on the past didn't really try my patience; however, even if the mystery is a slow burn, the payoff is well worth it in the end.

I got a little more than I bargained for with this one. It is more literary in nature than the standard mystery or Legal Thriller, and it certainly kept me rooted to the pages from beginning to end! A solid effort by this veteran author!

4 stars ( )
  gpangel | Dec 3, 2020 |
I didn't love this story, which was strangely derivative of To Kill a Mockingbird, but with less likeable characters. The main character,Luisa, (Lu) Brant is narrating from childhood memory, like Scout, and is also a motherless tomboy enamored with an older brother AJ who breaks his arm in high school, like Jem, during a crime in which he was a victim. His best friend Davey (black) was accused of raping a white (trash) girl and her brothers were seeking retribution. The attacker fell on his knife and died. Their state's attorney father, Andrew Brant helped justice prevail. That was the past. In the present, Lu is the state's attorney, first woman in the position with a lot to prove. She is also the widowed mother of 2 young girls and lives back home with her father, and their long-time housekeeper, Tiny. A rape-murder case comes in and Lu is determined to prove her worth. It seems to be a pretty clear case that a homeless man is the culprit and the only witness turns out to be the grown-up girl (woman) who was the rape victim in Wilde Lake 20 years ago. Past meets present. The two actually alternate throughout the story and in confronting this crime, Lu must confront some things about her own family and childhood -- about her mother, her brother and her idyllic upbringing with disastrous results. "The truth is not a finite commodity that can be contained within identifiable borders. The truth is messy, riotous, overrunning everything. You can never know the whole truth of anything. And if you could, you would wish you didn't." ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
I enjoy Laura Lippman's books, and this one was just as enjoyable as others. While the plot was not terribly creative, I didn't see the twist coming and I liked how Lippman handled the back and forth of past and present. ( )
  bookishtexpat | May 21, 2020 |
amazing. All the lies we grow up on, laid bare. Seems like every family has them, some worse than others. Loved how it plays out generationally. For our own good. Or own good. ( )
  ThomasPluck | Apr 27, 2020 |
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Luisa "Lu" Brant is the newly elected-- and first female-- state's attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her widower 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. It's not the kind of case that makes headlines, but peaceful Howard County doesn't see many homicides. 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?

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