Author(s): Laura Lippman
25 years ago, he stole her innocence. Now he wants to get in touch. Eliza Benedict cherishes her quiet existence with her successful husband and children in the leafy suburbs of suburban Washington. But her tranquillity is shattered when she receives a letter from the last person she ever expects -- or wants -- to hear from: Walter Bowman. In the summer of 1985 when she was fifteen-years-old, Eliza was kidnapped by serial killer Walter Bowman, who targeted young girls like Eliza in a sexually motivated killing spree. Now facing lethal injection on death row, Walter is keen to make contact with Eliza, seemingly motivated by a desire to atone for his sins before he finally meets his maker. Carefully, with some reluctance, she lets Walter enter her life, first by letter, then in person. Walter is keen to convince Eliza that he has changed but it becomes clear that Walter has more of an agenda than he first revealed. Cunning and manipulative, Walter is never more dangerous than when he can't get what he wants, and he wants something very badly. Disturbingly, he seems to have an ally working in the outside, one who seems to know everything about Eliza's life -- including where she lives. As Walter once again manages to exert his malign influence, Eliza must draw on all of her reserves of wisdom and strength as the battle of predator and prey once more plays out and she must face the past head on if she is to survive. A taut and mesmerizing novel by the highly-acclaimed author of Life Sentences and Every Secret Thing.
'Laura Lippman's stories aren't just mysteries; they are deeply moving explorations of the human heart. She is quite simply one of the best crime novelists writing today.' Tess Gerritsen 'I love her books.' Harlen Coben 'A writer at the peak of her powers.' Washington Post 'Lippman's [demonstartes that the] best action is inside her characters' minds ! Lippman fans won't be disappointed .' Kirkus Reviews 'One of the most distinctive voices in contemporary fiction!Lippman has once more challenged, realigned and ultimately transcended the boundaries of genre.'New York Observer 'Succeeds brilliantly!Lippman is in total command of her material!a mystery so taut the reader is nearly afraid to keep going--and simultaneously powerless to stop.' People Magazine 'From its gripping opening pages about a burned-out author's bookstore reading, Laura Lippman's Life Sentences may be the most absorbing, entertaining mystery published in the last year. Lippman does it all, from creating vivid, three-dimensional characters, to painting a beautifully detailed portrait of her hometown, Baltimore, to crafting a plot that drives readers along at a fast clip while simultaneously building suspense as one dramatic revelation leads to another.' Boston Globe 'A terrific crime writer.' Daily Mail 'Intricate and witty.' Publisher's Weekly 'A gripping novel.'Closer 'She is quite simply one of the best crime novelists writing today.' Tess Gerritsen 'Exquisite as fine jewellery.' Lee Child 'A corker! engrossing.' The Observer 'What a knock-out she is.' The Daily Mail 'An outstanding novel of psychological suspense.' Publishers Weekly
Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at the Baltimore Sun. Her novels have won almost every prize given for crime fiction in the United States, including the Edgar, Anthony, Nero Wolfe and Agatha awards. She lives in Baltimore with her husband, the writer David Simon who created hit TV series The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street.