Since Laura Lippman's debut, she has been recognized as a distinctive voice in mystery fiction and named one of the "essential" crime writers of the last 100 years. Stephen King called her "special, even extraordinary," and Gillian Flynn wrote, "She is simply a brilliant novelist." Her books have won most of the major awards in her field and been translated into more than twenty-five languages. She lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her teenager.
Lippman, the New York Times best-selling author and creator of the Tess Monaghan PI series, here offers a novel about five childhood buddies. As teens, they spend time together exploring the woods near their Baltimore homes until a disturbing experience during a hurricane destroys their friendship and has a long-lasting effect on their lives and those of their families. They kept their experience secret and have not had contact with one another for many years until Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the group, dies. The former friends reunite to learn what really happened that day. Televison, film, and stage actress Linda Emond provides an excellent narration, accurately capturing each character's personality. Recommended for all mystery collections.-Ilka Gordon, Siegal Coll. of Judaic Studies Lib., Cleveland (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
When a fatal car accident-that may or may not have been a suicide-claims the life of Gordon Halloran, an alcoholic, it rips opens forgotten emotional wounds as the friends he left behind are forced to revisit old traumas and an awful lie they all share. Narrator Linda Emond's understated performance is a perfect fit for Lippman's leisurely prose in this stand-alone novel that alternates between past and present and employs crime as a means of probing beneath psychological facades. Edmond's narration conveys a wide range of emotion, ably captures the book's many characters, and never fails to keep listeners engaged as the author gradually reveals what "the most dangerous thing" really was. A Morrow hardcover. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.