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Wilde Lake

Laura Lippman

The brilliant, moving and psychologically complex new standalone novel from the New York Times-bestselling author of After I’m Gone, And When She Was Good, and What the Dead Know.

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Winner of the eDunnit Award (Best Crime Novel in e book) 2017

‘WILDE LAKE is a knockout, you should get right on that.’ STEPHEN KING

The brilliant, moving and psychologically complex new standalone novel from the New York Times-bestselling author of After I’m Gone and What the Dead Know.

Luisa Brant has just been elected State’s Attorney, a job her revered father once held, and is prosecuting her first murder, by a homeless man on a woman to whom he had seemingly no connection. However, as Luisa investigates, she is startled to learn that this murder might have its roots in a violent event in the past involving her own family. And that maybe no one – her precious father, her brother, her late mother – is quite who she thought…

In an acclaimed modern twist on To Kill a Mockingbird, Laura Lippman once again proves herself to be one of crime writing’s most thrilling reads.

Critic Reviews

'Just finished #WildeLake. Intriguing premise, stunning reveal, irresistible read.'

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Even for a writer of Lippman's caliber, Wilde Lake is a standout novel: an intelligent, emotional, satisfying mystery that explores huge themes in small-town microcosm, in the manner of To Kill A Mockingbird, the inspiration on which it reflects.

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Laura Lippman is one of my favorite writers ... Her writing makes me wish I lived a sexier and more violent life.

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'Wilde Lake is a psychologically complexed story with plenty of secrets that are deftly woven into the plot. Lippman is a master story teller who creates strong characters and a narrative that keeps you racing to the very last page.'

Press Association
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You could label it as a subtle psychological thriller, or an unconventional police procedural novel, or a piece of literary fiction about family relationships and the power of grief and love. Whatever the label, Laura Lippman’s ‘Wilde Lake’ remains a great accomplishment at any of these levels, and a truly brilliant read.

Nic Mira, Thriller Books Journal
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'Lippman draws on two decades of crime reporting to produce a heart-stopping new thriller, which pivots on a state attorney's drive and cunning as she unravels a baffling murder case with personal implications.'


Laura Lippman’s novels have won many crime fiction prizes, including the Edgar, Anthony and Agatha Awards. Sunburn (2018), her second consecutive novel to win the eDunnit Award at Crimefest, was also nominated for the CWA Gold Dagger Award and was a Waterstones Book of the Month. Her 2019 novel Lady in the Lake featured in numerous Best of Year Lists,…

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