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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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Fascinating story about a woman who decides to open her own business - as a "madam" providing services to D.C.'s elite after things go badly wrong with her pimp. When her cover story as a lobbyist for women's employment is threatened, she has a problem - particularly because she doesn't want her son to know what she really does. Lippman does a great job creating a character who is both vulnerable and tough as nails - as well as brilliant at business.
  bfister | Jul 14, 2015 |
Heloise is a single mom living in a nice suburban neighbourhood. Smart and good looking her neighbours have no problem believing that she is a lobbyist. How else could she afford the lifestyle she is living? The truth is Heloise had a rough start to her life and was introduced very early on to the world of drugs and prostitution. Instead of letting it drag her under, she made use of her talents and now is a madam in her own highly successful escort service. Her former boyfriend/pimp is behind bars and everyone else from her former life is either lost or dead. She felt safe. Until a chance run in with a former co-worker and a murder of another make Heloise just how safe she and her son really are.

I like this book very much. As grim as the heroine’s story is Heloise is a strong woman who has not only high standards but good morals as well. I know considering her profession that seems like an odd thing to say, but read the book and you’ll find its true. The action part of the book was good and played well into the plot, but I really enjoyed Heloise’s story.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
This was the first book I've read by the author. I enjoyed it. Liked the characters and their stories. I'll read another book by her but will be selective, I don't think all of her books would appeal to me. It was entertaining. ( )
  gail616 | Apr 29, 2015 |
What is the book about?

Follow Helen/Heloise from age 15 to 37, bouncing back and forth from present to present time reflecting on how she became a young worker in the sex industry during her twenties. You'll understand and see how she went from being a call girl to a madam who overlooks young call girls. You'll see how Heloise deals with her internal issues and her social problems that resulted her making less desirable choices and professions.

What did I think of the book?

You normally don't read a lot of books about prostitution, call girls or any other such profession. After reading Lippman's story you can understand how one might get themselves in this situation. It's just one version of the many I am sure are out there but I really enjoyed this book. The lack of emotion in the character kind of shows how dead inside she must feel. Despite being treated poorly over and over her response is dead like. She handles everything with a grain of salt, which I guess I expected considering the working conditions and the choices she makes. ( )
  lizasarusrex | Dec 17, 2014 |
And When She Was Good held my interest and kept me coming back to satisfy my curiousity, but I never really developed a connection with Heloise. It might be ironic to say this about a suburban madam, but she was too perfect -- too level-headed, too intelligent, too in control of herself and her life. The ending was somewhat pat and strained credibility. ( )
  CathrynGrant | Nov 20, 2014 |
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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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