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The New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed standalones After I’m Gone, I’d Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know challenges our notions of memory, loyalty, responsibility, and justice in this evocative and psychologically complex story about a long-ago death that still haunts a family.

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?

The more she learns about the case, the more questions arise. What does it mean to be a man or woman of one’s times? Why do we ask our heroes of the past to conform to the present’s standards? Is that fair? Is it right? Propelled into the past, she discovers that the legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers. Lu realizes that even if she could learn the whole truth, she probably wouldn’t want to.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lippman draws on two decades of crime reporting to produce a heart-stopping new thriller.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Engrossing, suspenseful, and substantial, its wit easing a sober, somewhat elegiac air.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Laura Lippman’s Wilde Lake is one of her best and most personal…tough-minded, entertaining, heartfelt, and wise.”

    Washington Post

  • Wilde Lake is not so much a crime novel that rises to the level of serious literature as serious literature that rises to the level of great crime fiction.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A heady brew of twisting tale and accelerating introspection…Lippman impels not only her characters but also her readers to question the depth of their understanding of the past.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Lippman spins the threads of this multigenerational story into a taut and evocative thriller.”

    BookPage

  • “Richly plotted and emotionally devastating…Lippman plays with the concept of truth and expertly homes in on the question of whether there are some truths we never want to know.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “There’s forensic evidence, there’s an eyewitness, but for Lippman, there’s no such thing as a sure thing. Before long, Lu the fierce looks like she may have caught a tiger by the tail.”

    Library Journal

  • “Nicole Poole shares the role of Lu with Kathleen McInerney, who portrays Lu as a girl; present and past are told through their alternating narrations. Poole captures Lu’s almost ruthless drive to prove herself in the job her beloved father once held; whereas, in McInerney we hear Lu’s vulnerability, so at odds with her self-image and the competitiveness she exhibits even at a young age. Listeners are drawn in as the two narratives converge and Lu’s present and past collide—with devastating consequences.”

    AudioFile

  • A May 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • A BookPage Top Pick
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for May 2016
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