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Laura Lippman

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in Atlanta, GA, The United States



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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 f...more

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What the Dead Know
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After I'm Gone
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Every Secret Thing
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The Most Dangerous Thing
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Charm City (Tess Monaghan #2)
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Life Sentences
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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...more
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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...more

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...more
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“Reading was not a fallback position for her but an ideal state of being.”
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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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