There are certain genres that I never really thought that I’d read a lot of, and crime novels were one of them. However, I’ve found a few authors that I really like, and Lippman is one of them. In the past, most crime novels were completely plot-driven, and there was little to no character development (which I enjoy). However, Lippman’s novels are all about the crime, and all about the character development, and relationships.
The novel revolves around a murder that once unraveled reveals personal ties to “Lu” Brant, the newly elected state’s attorney of Howard County, Maryland. I really liked how the story was told, revealing Lu’s daily life, and her childhood, in bits between the murder investigations. Lu learns about long-kept family secrets, shocking information regarding a long-ago murder, and also has some revelations regarding her own relationships.
The novel keeps you turning the pages to find out what will be reveled next, which I found captivating. I won’t go into much detail here, since I want you to read this novel. Well done, Lippman. I highly recommend this book.