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3.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 5 3.25 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Lippman Narrator: Francois Battiste, Linda Emond Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780061763236
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New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short stories—and reveals another level of mastery.

Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travel—to New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood.

Each of these ingenious tales is a gem—sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations," (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work" (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lippman…writes suspense stories of startling emotional depth.” 

    Washington Post on Hardly Knew Her 

  • “One of the best collections released in quite some time…From murderous, tense tales to more poignant but still murderous offerings…Lippman writes realistic, intelligent dialogue that can morph from humorous to dangerous during the course of a conversation…Riveting.” 

    Boston Globe on Hardly Knew Her 

  • “Intricate and witty.” 

    Publishers Weekly on Hardly Knew Her 

  • “Reveals her great gift for whiplash short stories…Lippman tells deliciously vicious, topsy-turvy tales of women taking revenge…Lippman is a class act and a potent storyteller in these elegant, furious, and blues-blasting dispatches.” 

    Booklist on Hardly Knew Her 

  • “Lippman shows herself to be a master of short fiction…Read them fast, like a glutton, or slowly to savor each one. Either way, this is a treasure.” 

    Library Journal on Hardly Knew Her 

  • “Chilling…Lippman’s fans won’t be disappointed.” 

    Kirkus Reviews on Hardly Knew Her 

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About the Author
Author Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at the Baltimore Sun. She began writing novels while working full time and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers, and her work has been awarded the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards. She has also been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Baltimore Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. Ms. Lippman lives in Baltimore.

About the Narrator

Linda Emond is an award-winning actress of stage, film, television, and audiobook narration. Her performances on Broadway earned her nominations for the Tony Award in 2003 and 2012 and for the Drama Desk Award in 1997 and 2002. She was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for her roles in plays at theaters in Chicago. Her film credits include roles in Julie & Julia, Dark Water, and Across the Universe, among others. Her television credits include such series as Elementary, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: SVU, as well as movies such as A Dog Named Christmas. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, winning three Earphones Awards and being named a finalist four times for the prestigious Audie Award. In 2011 she was named by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense for her reading of Flash and Bones.