The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman

75%

22 Critic Reviews

No one explores the delicate interplay between children and the adults they grow into better than Lippman...
-Kirkus

Synopsis

“One of the best novelists around, period.”
Washington Post

“Lippman has enriched literature as a whole.
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the most acclaimed novelists in America today, Laura Lippman has greatly expanded the boundaries of mystery fiction and psychological suspense with her Tess Monaghan p.i. series and her New York Times bestselling standalone novels (What the Dead Know, Life Sentences, I’d Know You Anywhere, etc.). With The Most Dangerous Thing, the multiple award winning author—recipient of the Anthony, Edgar®, Shamus, and Agatha Awards, to name but a few—once again demonstrates how storytelling is done to perfection. Set once again in the well-wrought environs of Lippman’s beloved Baltimore, it is the shadowy tale of a group of onetime friends forced to confront a dark past they’ve each tried to bury following the death of one of their number. Rich in the compassion and insight into flawed human nature that has become a Lippman trademark while telling an absolutely gripping story, The Most Dangerous Thing will not be confined by genre restrictions, reaching out instead to captive a wide, diverse audience, from Harlan Coben and Kate Atkinson fans to readers of Jodi Picoult and Kathryn Stockett.

 

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 August 23, 2011 by William Morrow. 357 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Most Dangerous Thing
All: 22 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Aug 01 2011

No one explores the delicate interplay between children and the adults they grow into better than Lippman...

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Aug 23 2011

Freely moving back and forth between past and present, and between generations, Lippman's skillful narrative similarly reveals the truth one bit at a time...

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Brigitte Frase on Aug 11 2012

...seems a little ambivalent about its tethering of crime novel with the overly familiar middle-class dissection of domestic life, featuring loss, aging, disappointments in marriage, job and children.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by David Ulin on Aug 21 2011

Fair enough, but to be truly wild, "The Most Dangerous Thing" needs a broader sense of menace, one that extends beyond the boundaries of its characters' lives.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Oct 09 2011

What lingers beyond all else about Laura Lippman’s latest stand-alone thriller is its brooding depiction of the old neighborhood.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Clark on Aug 26 2011

Lippman has a sure sense of the complicated evil that can be created by the silence of well-meaning people, and great skill at keeping the tension high and the pages turning.

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Look At OKC

Excellent
Reviewed by Betty Lytle on Aug 28 2011

is a look back at childhood and parents from the viewpoint of middle age. The book also is a compelling mystery.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Excellent
Reviewed by Cristina Rouvalis on Mar 30 2012

Ms. Lippman...spins a mesmerizing tale by switching back and forth between the present and past and the points of view of the four friends and their parents.

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Mysterious Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Betty

That, in and of itself, isn't necessarily a problem, but the manner in which the book is written, narrated if you will, gives the book an uneven feel, and raises more questions than are answered

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Sun Sentinel

Excellent
Reviewed by Oline Cogdill on Aug 16 2011

Lippman's acumen with the intricacies of the psychological thriller and her recurring theme of the fragility of memory excel in "The Most Dangerous Thing."

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Baltimore City Paper

Excellent
Reviewed by Wendy Ward on Sep 28 2011

unlike anything this wonderful author had written to this point.

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Luxury Reading

Below average
Reviewed by Melanie Kline on Dec 06 2011

I found The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman to be quite dry – a huge disappointment...The entire book felt distant and the action never quite gripped or interested me.

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S. Krishna's Books

Below average
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Sep 20 2011

Perhaps my issue with it is that it isn’t really a mystery or a psychological thriller, which is what I’ve come to expect from Lippman’s books.

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Book Journey

Good
Reviewed by Sheila on May 03 2012

Overall I think Lippman’s writing is something to experience, however if you are new to her books I would not start with this one, she does have more engaging reads.

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Murder by Type

Good
Reviewed by bethcrowley on Aug 24 2012

The new standalone novel from Laura Lippman was, to this reader,

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Life in Review

Good
Reviewed by Michelle Vasquez on May 07 2012

The author masterfully varies between present day and those fateful years in the 1970s when the group had been a whole unit before everything went wrong.

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I'm Booking It

Good
Reviewed by ImBookingIt on Sep 23 2011

I was absorbed in this book the whole way through, and the end packed quite a punch– I’m not sure that I liked it, but it really made an impression.

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Raging Bibliomania

Good
Reviewed by Zibilee on May 13 2012

It was the kind of book that I love reading: complex characters juggling inner turmoil and outward nonchalance, and a mystery that seems clear cut but is anything but.

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Life with Books

Below average
Reviewed by Jenners on Oct 21 2011

If I were you, I’d take a pass on this one and read one of Lippman’s other books...I thought Lippman stumbled badly with this book.

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Notable Books

Good
Reviewed by Judith Lautner on Feb 01 2012

It's really more an exploration of character than of a particular event. We can't trust Lippman to bring us out safely, which is one of the intriguing things about her.

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MYSTERIES in PARADISE

Good
Reviewed by Kerrie on Jan 04 2012

Lippman cleverly fills the reader in on the separate paths each of the children have taken in life.

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B. Morrison Blog

Good
Reviewed by B. Morrison on Sep 12 2011

I thought the section on the parents the best part of the book, perhaps because I am at that time of life where I am assessing the choices made against Whittier’s “dreams of youth”.

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