Throughout her prolific career, both as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun and a novelist, Laura Lippman has written an impressive collection of tales, ranging from the beloved Tess Monaghan series to her riveting and intellectually complex stand-alones. Critics and fans alike have praised Lippman’s unparalleled ability to weave together thought-provoking, intricate plotlines with fully realized and compelling characters. USA Today calls her work “disarming and fascinating,” while The Washington Post simply proclaims that Lippman is “one of the best novelists around, period.” Now with her new stand-alone, page turning novel AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD (William Morrow), Lippman solidifies her position as one of the best voices of contemporary fiction.
Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at the Baltimore Sun where her beat was crime stories. Her Tess Monaghan books: By a Spider’s Thread, The Last Place, The Sugar House, Baltimore Blues, Charm City, Butchers Hill, No Good Deeds, and In Big Trouble have won every major mystery prize including the Edgar, Shamus, Agatha, Anthony, and Nero Wolfe awards, and her novel In a Strange City was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is also the author of five previous stand-alone novels: To the Power of Three, Every Secret Thing, What the Dead Know (winner of the Quill Award for Best Mystery), Life Sentences and I’d Know You Anywhere-the last three were New York Times bestsellers. In 2008 Lippman’s award-winning short stories were anthologized for the first time in one volume, along with an original novella, under the title Hardly Knew Her. Fall 2008 also marked Lippman’s serialization in the New York Times Magazine with The Girl in the Green Raincoat-a continuation of her P.I. character Tess Monaghan. A recipient of the first Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the 2003 Maryland Author Award, she and her husband, television producer David Simon, divide their time between New York, Baltimore and New Orleans. Laura is a step parent to David’s son and last year they had their first baby girl. For more information on Laura: www.lauralippman.com.