The Most Dangerous Thing

By Laura Lippman
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062122926, 368pp.)

Publication Date: May 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, MP3 CD

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2011 Indie Next List
“The past is always with us, and no one knows that better than Laura Lippman. The not-so-innocent games of five children have consequences that resonate through decades, changing some lives and destroying others. Using narration from various viewpoints, including a haunting collective voice, Lippman once again demonstrates her incisive abilities of observation, which make her one of the finest chroniclers of modern society.”
-- Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI


Description

Years ago, they were all the best of friends. But as time passed and circumstances changed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past—and the terrible lie they all shared. But now Gordon ("Go-Go"), the youngest and wildest of the five, has died unexpectedly and the other four have come together for the first time in years. Suddenly each of these old friends has to wonder if the dark secret they've shared for so long is the reason for their troubles today . . . and if someone within the circle is trying to destroy them all.




About the Author

Laura Lippman is the author of eleven novels featuring Baltimore private detective Tess Monaghan, seven stand-alone novels, and a short story collection. Her six most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers. Lippman has won numerous literary prizes for her work, including the Edgar®, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, Agatha, Gumshoe, Barry, and Macavity Awards. A recent recipient of the first-ever Mayor's Prize, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband, David Simon; their daughter; and her stepson.




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  1. The novel’s epigraph is a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier and includes the lines “. . . pity us all, Who vainly the dreams of youth recall.” Talk about the meaning of this line and how it relates to the story.

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