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Author: Laura Lippman Narrator: Susan Bennett Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9780062390110
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New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman returns with a superb novel of psychological suspense about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals—and cold-blooded murder.

One is playing a long game. But which one?

They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through. Yet she stays and he stays—drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other—dangerous, even lethal, secrets.

Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other’s lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away—or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them?

Something—or someone—has to give.

Which one will it be?

Inspired by James M. Cain’s masterpieces The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, and Mildred Pierce, Sunburn is a tantalizing modern noir from the incomparable Laura Lippman.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A masterful mix from a total pro.”


  • “Cool and twisty.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The ingenious plot evolves into myriad twists that are as believable as they are surprising…Sunburn delivers one of the year’s most intriguing mysteries.”

    Associated Press

  • “Lippman’s tribute to the classic noir thrillers of James M. Cain is brilliantly read by Bennett, who adopts a world-weary and been-there, done-that delivery that perfectly matches the author’s prose style…The book reads like it could have been set many decades ago, and—thanks to Bennett—it sounds like it, too.”

    Booklist (starred audio review)

  • “Narrator Susan Bennett takes Lippman’s irresistible setup and puts us in a flickering black-and-white world…With Lippman’s strong, spare prose and suspenseful plot—including film noir references sprinkled throughout—and Bennett’s solid delivery, this is noir listening at its finest. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “You can tell how much fun the author had updating the classic noir tropes, and it’s contagious. Plotty, page-turning pleasure.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A BookPage Top Pick for March 2018
  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018
  • A Wall Street Journal Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018
  • A Bustle Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A March 2018 LibraryReads Pick
  • A Booklist Pick of the Top Ten Crime Fiction Audiobooks
  • Finalist for the Strand Critics Award

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About the Author

Alexandra O’Karma has appeared on regional stages, television, film, Broadway, and off-Broadway. You may have seen her with Tommy Lee Jones in the film Yuri Nosenko, KGB, or on episodes of One Life to Live. She was the Reader in the four-time Emmy winner, Festival of Lessons & Carols and appeared on Broadway in Getting Married. In the national tour of Death Trap, she performed with Elliot Gould, and she played opposite George Segal in Toronto in the contemporary play, Double Act.

About the Narrator

Susan Bennett, Earphones Award-winning narrator, has enjoyed an extensive career as a vocal artist. She has worked with major agencies on such accounts as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, AT&T, Blue Cross, Goodyear, and Club Med. She also dabbles in the music industry as the singer and keyboardist for The Interactive! Band. Along with her guitarist husband, Rick Hinkle, she is the co-owner of Audiocam Music, a full-service recording studio.