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By Laura Lippman

New York Times bestselling writer Laura Lippman has been hailed as the best crime fiction writers in the United States this day, successful almost each significant award within the style. the writer of the vastly renowned sequence that includes Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan in addition to 3 severely lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her cognizance to brief stories—and unearths one other point of mastery.

Lippman units a few of the tales during this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in widely used territory: her cherished Baltimore, from downtown to its prosperous suburbs, the place winning businessmen visit surprising lengths to guard what they've got or ruthlessly extend their holdings, whereas upset other halves locate murderous how you can get away their lives. yet Lippman is usually unafraid to travel—to New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern urban, or even to Dublin, the backdrop for the deadly conflict of 2 not-so-innocents in a foreign country. Tess Monaghan is right here, in tales and a profile, aligning herself with a number of underdogs. And in her striking, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the personal international of a steeply-priced name girl/madam and committed football mother, exploring the secret of what may well, in truth, be written within the blood.

Each of those inventive stories is a gem—sometimes poignant, occasionally funny, continually packed with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. for those who haven't begun to learn Lippman, prepare to event the spellbinding energy of "one of present day so much entertaining storytellers, hailed for her prepared mental insights and her compelling characterizations," (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "invigorated the crime fiction enviornment with shrewdpermanent, cutting edge, and fascinating paintings" (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her a number of award-winning novels, you will discover that you simply not often recognize her.

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