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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Lippman Narrator: Kathleen McInerney, Nicole Poole Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9780062466648
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An African-American man accused of rape by a humiliated girl.  A vengeful father.  A courageous attorney.  A worshipful daughter.  Think you know this story?  Think again. 

Laura Lippman, the “extravagantly gifted” (Chicago TribuneNew York Times bestselling author, delivers “one of her best novels ” (Washington Post)—a modern twist on To Kill a Mockingbird. Scott Turow writes in the New York Times, “Wilde Lake is a real success.”

Luisa “Lu” Brant is the newly elected state’s attorney representing suburban Maryland—including the famous planned community of Columbia, created to be a utopia of racial and economic equality. Prosecuting a controversial case involving a disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death, the fiercely ambitious Lu is determined to avoid the traps that have destroyed other competitive, successful women. She’s going to play it smart to win this case—and win big—cementing her political future. 

But her intensive preparation for trial unexpectedly dredges up painful recollections of another crime—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. Justice was done. Or was it? Did the events of 1980 happen as she remembers them? She was only a child then. What details didn’t she know? 

As she plunges deeper into the past, Lu is forced to face a troubling reality. The legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers. But what happens when she realizes that, for the first time, she doesn’t want to know the whole truth?

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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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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 Narrators

Kathleen McInerney won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2011 and was a finalist for the Audie in 2010 and 2015. Her narrations have also earned seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has performed in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-over.

Nicole Poole is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, commercial voice talent, veteran soundpainter, and owner of the O. Gail Poole Collection. She is also a staunch supporter of the arts and travels around the globe with a mobile recording studio.