Hardly Knew Her

Hardly Knew Her

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Book - 2008
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"Lippman is a writing powerhouse."

-- USA Today

New York Times bestselling author and winner of every major prize awarded for crime fiction--including the Edgar#65533;, Anthony, Shamus, Agatha, and Nero Wolfe Awards--Laura Lippman brilliantly demonstrates her astonishing agility as a short story writer with Hardly Knew Her. A sterling collection of sixteen suspenseful short fictions and novellas--most set in and around her beloved Baltimore and several featuring her popular series character private investigator Tess Monaghan-- Hardly Knew Her was called, "Riveting...One of the best collections released in some time" by the Boston Globe . The Seattle Times says, "something in the short-story form brings out the wicked in Laura Lippman," and this exceptional collection is indisputable proof that Lippman is without peer as she walks boldly on the dark and dangerous side.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780061584992
0061584991
Branch Call Number: LIP
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Pelecanos, George P.

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Roundcat
Feb 28, 2010

These stories have the O. Henry surprise ending. The characters are completely drawn even though there is the limited space of a short story. It seems, in many of them, that Lippman is practicing characterizing villains. I kept going on to the next story to see what interesting ending would turn up.

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KarenW
Feb 16, 2009

Although I have never read Laura Lippman, I was intrigued by this set of stories by the description on the jacket. And I was not disappointed! Each story has enough twists and turns to create a rival for Jeffrey Archer, but has none of his lengthy descriptive beginnings - you are not here for the long haul and you don''t need to know everything about the characters in order to be amazed at her snappy story telling. Satisfaction is guaranteed.

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