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And When She Was Good (edition 2012)

by Laura Lippman

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Title:And When She Was Good
Authors:Laura Lippman
Info:William Morrow (2012), Edition: 1, Kindle Edition, 451 pages
Collections:Read in 2013, Your library, Kindle
Rating:***1/2
Tags:fiction, Maryland, prostitution, mystery, family

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And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman

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Lippman's Heloise is a great character. She is complex and human, and even though she runs a prostitute ring, she is trying her best to do the right thing and run it in a way that protects the women who work for her. It's an engaging story, with a lovely ending. If only life would turn out so well. ( )
  eapalmer | Mar 8, 2014 |
Very interesting, suspenseful read about a Baltimore madam who's put a vindictive man in prison and has some other men on her trail. The central character is quite compelling. ( )
  bearette24 | Feb 6, 2014 |
This is the story of the trials and tribulations of a suburban madame. It starts in her youth when she is the victim of a series of abusive relationships and ends up a prostitute. She owes her life to her pimp, Val, and becomes his favorite girl. Ultimately, she takes over the business when he ends up in jail because of her doings. She must withstand all manner of financial and physical threats to keep her business afloat complicated by a young son. She is a savvy, creative and smart character and I was constantly surprised by her. ability to think her way out of jams. I really loved the book and I can see why Laura Lippman has a bevy of loyal readers. I can't recommend this book more highly. ( )
  muddyboy | Dec 15, 2013 |
On the surface, Heloise seems like many other suburban soccer moms, but underneath, she's a madam of a high-priced escort ring. She's worked very hard to keep her personal and professional lives separate. But maintaining total control of her life proves exhausting and Heloise is working on an exit strategy. As you can imagine, nothing goes exactly as she has planned.

The story is suspenseful, but not exactly a mystery. The questions the story raises around the social issues related to prostitution are as interesting as the mystery. Is Heloise a product of her (awful) upbringing? Should she be scorned, shamed, or shunned for the choices she's made? Can she be a good madam and a good mother at the same time?

In the end, I liked this book, but didn't love it. Heloise is an interesting character, but not exactly likeable.

One of the things I appreciate about Lippman is her ability to write novels both as part her series and as stand-alones. Though the books are very different from each other in scope and tone, they all still feel like they come from the heart and mind of the same author. The are all great books. For contrast, see the recent stand-alones by Lisa Scottoline which feel like books written for a completely different audience. ( )
  justmelissa | Nov 21, 2013 |
Heloise, suburbun madam ( )
  Mumineurope | Aug 27, 2013 |
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For every woman I know,
but in particular the three L's-
Lauren Milne Henderson
Linda Perlstein
Lizzie Skurnick
-who manage, despite vast distances, to keep me
well fed, well shod, and reasonably sane.
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SUBURBAN MADAM DEAD IN APPARENT SUICIDE
The headline catches Heloise's eye as she waits in the always-long line at the Starbucks closest to her son's middle school.
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Suburban prostitute Heloise decides to leave the profession and disappear with her child after another prostitute is found dead, and must stay a step ahead of a convicted murderer--and the father of her child--whose sentence is about to be overturned.
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Suburban madam Heloise, with no one left to trust, decides to get out of the game when another suburban madam is brutally murdered, forcing her to stay one step ahead of a killer--and the father of her child--who is just as lethal behind bars as he was on the outside.… (more)

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