I’m not surprised that Lippman is a LibraryReads pick for May. She’s one of those reliably rewarding authors that readers come back to time and time again. If you like suspense, you know you’ll get satisfyingly twisty read. If you’ll read anything as long as it’s got a good story line and some substance, Lippman pretty much always delivers a thoughtful treatment of social issues wrapped up in a page turner.
This time out, she pays homage to Harper Lee with a plot that will look very familiar to fans of To Kill a Mockingbird. Publisher’s Weekly not only gives it a starred review but one of its rare boxed reviews. Booklist also gives it a starred review.
Luisa “Lu” Brant, the heroine of this richly plotted and emotionally devastating standalone…has been newly elected as state’s attorney of Maryland’s Howard County. She’s back in her hometown of Columbia, where she and her brother, AJ, eight years her senior, were raised by their widowed father, Andrew Jackson Brant, a formidable prosecutor with an Atticus Finch sense of justice and morality…. When Lu takes on her first murder case as state’s attorney—a woman is found beaten and strangled in her apartment—she has no idea that the defendant, a mentally unstable drifter, could be connected to a larger pattern of darkness stretching back to her childhood. 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, box review)
“Lippman’s latest ensnaring mystery is a cunning variation on To Kill a Mockingbird. In the present, Lu is a young widow who has just followed her father’s footsteps to become the county’s first woman state’s attorney….As shocking secrets are revealed, the reader realizes that nothing and no one can be taken at face value in Lippman’s brainy, witty, socially conscious, and all-consuming inquiry into human nature and our slowly evolving sense of justice and equality.
— Booklist (starred review)
“Lippman as always treads the fine line between certainty and amazement.”
— Kirkus Reviews
Wilde Lake (9780062083456) by Laura Lippman. $26.99 hardcover. 5/3/16 on sale.