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Published by Morrow, 3 May 2016, HB. ISBN 978-0-0620-8345-6
February 2017. PB. ISBN 978-0-0620-8346-3
In UK: Faber & Faber, 3 May 2016, HB
4 May 2017, PB.
From the publisher: Luisa “Lu” Brant is the
newly elected state’s attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her
widower father famously served. Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she
sees an opportunity to burnish her reputation by trying a homeless man accused
of beating a woman to death in her home. It’s not the kind of case that
makes national headlines, but peaceful Howard County doesn’t see many
prepared for the trial, the case dredges up painful memories, reminding her
small but tight-knit family of the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best
friend at the cost of another man’s life. Only eighteen at the time, AJ was
found to have acted in self-defense. Now Lu wonders if the events of 1980
happened as she remembers them. Long discrete memories begin to fit
together, revealing connections and secrets that Lu never suspected. The
more she learns about her new case, the more questions arise about the past.
Why was her brother’s friend attacked? Who was the true victim? Lu
discovers that the legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, can no longer
provide comfort or even reliable answers. If there is such a thing as the whole
truth, Lu realizes - - possibly too late - - that she would be better off not
knowing what it is.
opens in June of 1980, as the graduating class is celebrating their graduation
from Wilde Lake High School. Lu is eight years younger than her adored
brother, AJ, “a good athlete, a gifted singer and actor, an outstanding
student,” is planning to go Yale, their father’s alma mater. Suffice it
to say that the next day’s headline was “State’s Attorney’s Son Saves Friend’s
Life in Brutal Revenge Plot.” There is much more to the events that
happened that day than this headline conveys. The tale then switches to
January of 2015, where Lu is in conversation with her former boss, Fred
Hollister, whose job as Baltimore City state’s attorney [the first female in
that position] she has just taken when the results of the recent election are
known. She and her husband, Gabe, are the parents of twins, until suddenly,
at 39, he died of a heart attack, when the twins were not quite 3 years
old. At age 40, she accepts her father’s offer of a job, being the one in
the family with “the chops for criminal law, the stomach for politics,” and who
has never lost a case in Howard County and “doesn’t plan to start now.”
She finds herself thinking back to when her parents were first married and had
their wonderful house on Wilde Lake, four months after which Lu was born, seven
days after which her mother died. The Brant family members are all very
competitive, in their personal and professional lives, and all fascinating
characters. Then Lu gets a case that will test all her talents, a murder
trial with varied challenges.
but the newest of this author’s wonderful novels, giving us wonderful insights
into her remarkable protagonists and their geographical surroundings, and it’s
right up there with all the others, i.e., highly recommended.
Reviewer: Gloria Feit
was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun.
She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about
"accidental PI" Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in
2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, the Agatha,
the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been
nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and
the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor's Prize for
Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year
by the Maryland Library Association. Ms. Lippman grew up in Baltimore and attended city schools through
ninth grade. After graduating from Wilde
School in Columbia, Md., Ms. Lippman attended Northwestern University's
Medill School of Journalism. Her other newspaper jobs included the Waco
Tribune-Herald and the San Antonio Light. Ms. Lippman returned to Baltimore in 1989 and has
lived there since.
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.