What the Dead Know

What the Dead Know

By Laura Lippman

Avon A, Paperback, 9780061771354, 372pp.

Publication Date: February 2009


One of the most acclaimed and honored writers in the field of crime fiction, Laura Lippman offers readers a gripping tale of deception and delusion, of family wounds and betrayals.

Thirty years ago, the Bethany girls, ages eleven and fifteen, disappeared from a Baltimore shopping mall. They never returned, their bodies were never recovered, and only painful questions remain. Now, in the aftermath of a rush-hour hit-and-run accident, a clearly disoriented woman is claiming to be Heather, the younger Bethany sister. Not a shred of evidence supports her story, and every lead she reluctantly offers takes the police to another dead end a dying, incoherent man; a razed house; a missing grave. But she definitely knows something about that terrible day and about the shocking fissures that the tragedy exposed in the foundation of a seemingly solid family.

About the Author
Since Laura Lippman's debut in 1997, she has been heralded for thoughtful, timely crime novels set in her beloved hometown of Baltimore. Now a perennial New York Times bestseller, she lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her family.