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Laura Lippman

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in Atlanta, GA, The United States


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Laura Lippman is a New York Times bestselling novelist who has won more than twenty awards for her fiction, including the Edgar Award—and been nominated for thirty more. Since her debut in 1997, she has published twenty-one novels, a novella, a children’s book, and a collection of short stories. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages. LitHub named her one of the “essential” female crime writers of the last hundred years. She also has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Vulture, Real Simple, and T magazine. The film of her novel Every Secret Thing was produced by Frances McDormand and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, starring Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, and Dakota Fanning. ...more

Fight Tonight For What You’ll Throw Out Tomorrow

Mardi Gras season is in full swing as I write this and I am in New Orleans. Last night, I took my daughter to the parades on St. Charles Avenue. The final one to roll was Muses, an all-female krewe whose signature "throws" are decorated shoes. Old shoes, covered in glitter and furbelows, which are handed to the lucky few along the route.

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What the Dead Know

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I'd Know You Anywhere

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After I'm Gone

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The Most Dangerous Thing

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“Reading was not a fallback position for her but an ideal state of being.”
Laura Lippman, What the Dead Know

“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
  23 votes, 22.1%

Ray Bradbury
  10 votes, 9.6%

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Chelsea Cain (write-in)
  8 votes, 7.7%

Jeffery Deaver (write-in)
  6 votes, 5.8%

Ted Dekker - the Boogey Man himself (write-in)
  6 votes, 5.8%

  5 votes, 4.8%

Preston and Child together- Relic, Reliquary, so on (write-in)
  3 votes, 2.9%

David Wellington
  2 votes, 1.9%

justin cronin (write-in)
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Jo Nesbo (write-in)
  2 votes, 1.9%

Robert Aickman (write-in)
  1 vote, 1.0%

  1 vote, 1.0%

Tana French (write-in)
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