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Laura Lippman

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

Ms. Lippman grew up in Baltimore and attended city schools through ninth grade. After graduating fr
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February 2014, Laura Lippman
"A retired cop reopens a cold case involving a crooked businessman on the lam, his dead mistress, and abandoned wife and daughters in the stand-alone thriller After I'm Gone." ...More

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My 2 cents on research: It can become a way of not writing. I heard Donald Westlake say that he became a fiction writer so "I ca
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I have found my editor -- and I have had the same one for all my books -- to have a very light touch. I have close to total freedom, but I have
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The story that inspired What the Dead Know happened when I was a teenager, not much older than the girls who disappeared (the Lyon sisters) and l
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“Reading was not a fallback position for her but an ideal state of being.”
Laura Lippman, What the Dead Know

“There's always time to read. Don't trust a writer who doesn't read. It's like eating food prepared by a cook who doesn't eat.”
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“She might not be as strong as everyone she met, or as fast, or even as smart. But she could bullshit with the best of them. Combine that with a license to carry, and a girl could more than get by in this life.”
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October Author Read: Some Scary Sh**

Vote for who we will read in October. Choose one of the listed authors, or add one of your own----please be sure the one you want to add is not already on the list. And please make sure the nominated author has at least a few books to choose from.

I'm looking for authors that do scary, spooky, gory, grisly, creepy, crime, deviant, deranged, chiller, thriller, killer or any other thing that fits this category. I want some real scary stuff here! More than a cozy mystery or a classic.

You can change your vote anytime before the poll closes. So if you've voted, and someone adds an author you want to change your vote to, feel free. 

 
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Stephen King (write-in)
 
  25 votes, 23.4%

Ray Bradbury
 
  10 votes, 9.3%

 
  8 votes, 7.5%

Chelsea Cain (write-in)
 
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Jeffery Deaver (write-in)
 
  6 votes, 5.6%

Ted Dekker - the Boogey Man himself (write-in)
 
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Preston and Child together- Relic, Reliquary, so on (write-in)
 
  3 votes, 2.8%

David Wellington (write-in)
 
  2 votes, 1.9%

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Jo Nesbo (write-in)
 
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