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Laura Lippman

Featured Author: Laura Lippman

The highly-acclaimed author Laura Lippman, has been writing smart, twisty novels of mystery and suspense (often inspired by “true crime” stories) since 1997 and yet has remained “under the radar” for many readers.

Lippman grew up in Baltimore and attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She returned to Baltimore in 1989 and was a reporter for 20 years, including 12 years at The Sun. Amazingly, she began writing novels while working full time and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. She is the daughter of Theo Lippman Jr., a retired Sun editorial writer, and Madeline Mabry Lippman, a former Baltimore City school librarian. She is married to David Simon, creator of “The Wire.”

Lippman has written several compelling stand-alone novels, but is probably better known for her "Tess Monaghan" series which features a reporter turned private detective investigator. Set on the dark side of Baltimore, these books are full of complex characters, witty dialogue and twists and turns that keep the pace moving. Lippman has won many notable awards, including the Agatha, Anthony, Edgar, Nero, Gumshoe and Shamus awards.


Tess Monaghan Series
Baltimore Blues (1997)
Charm City (1997)
Butcher’s Hill (1998)
In Big Trouble (1999)
The Sugar House (2000)                                             
In A Strange City (2001)
The Last Place (2002)
By a Spider's Thread (2004)
No Good Deeds (2006)
Another Thing to Fall (2008)
The Girl in the Green Raincoat (2011)



Every Secret Thing (2003)
To the Power of Three (2005)
What the Dead Know (2007)
Life Sentences (2009)
I'd Know You Anywhere (2010)
The Most Dangerous Thing (2011)
And When She Was Good (2012)
After I'm Gone (2014)


Other Writings

Hardly Knew Her: Stories (FIC LIPPMAN)

Baltimore Noir (808.83872 BAL)


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