Laura Lippman's latest novel is a standalone noir that pays tribute to the work of the legendary James M. Cain. Lippmann got the theme for this one in part from a newspaper story that ran during her days as a journalist in Baltimore. During this interview she tiptoed around what that news story was actually about because knowing what it discussed would have been a bit of a spoiler
Suffice it to say that this is a story of secrets. Things are not what they seem. The two main characters are destined to have a love affair and since neither one of them really knows the other this would seem to be a doomed relationship.
Brilliantly told with all the nuances and noir touches-this is Laura Lippman at the height of her story-telling powers. Enjoy.
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