Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman
A Novel

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“Wilde Lake” is engrossing, suspenseful and substantial, its wit easing a sober, somewhat elegiac air.
-NY Times

Synopsis

An African-American man accused of rape by a humiliated girl.  A vengeful father.  A courageous attorney.  A worshipful daughter.  Think you know this story?  Think again. 

Laura Lippman, the “extravagantly gifted” (Chicago TribuneNew York Times bestselling author, delivers “one of her best novels ” (Washington Post)—a modern twist on To Kill a Mockingbird. Scott Turow writes in the New York Times, “Wilde Lake is a real success.”

Luisa “Lu” Brant is the newly elected state’s attorney representing suburban Maryland—including the famous planned community of Columbia, created to be a utopia of racial and economic equality. Prosecuting a controversial case involving a disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death, the fiercely ambitious Lu is determined to avoid the traps that have destroyed other competitive, successful women. She’s going to play it smart to win this case—and win big—cementing her political future. 

But her intensive preparation for trial unexpectedly dredges up painful recollections of another crime—the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man’s life. Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Justice was done. Or was it? Did the events of 1980 happen as she remembers them? She was only a child then. What details didn’t she know? 

As she plunges deeper into the past, Lu is forced to face a troubling reality. The legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers. But what happens when she realizes that, for the first time, she doesn’t want to know the whole truth?

 

About Laura Lippman

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Laura Lippman has lived in Baltimore most of her life and she would have spent even more time here if the editors of the Sun had agreed to hire her earlier. She attended public schools and has lived in several of the city's distinctive neighborhoods, including Dickeyville, Tuscany-Canterbury, Evergreen, and South Federal Hill.
 
Published May 3, 2016 by William Morrow. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 03 2016

Although she overamps some reveals and shortchanges others, Lippman as always treads the fine line between certainty and amazement.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 13 2016

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.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Scott Turow on May 31 2016

“Wilde Lake” is engrossing, suspenseful and substantial, its wit easing a sober, somewhat elegiac air.

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