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Lady in the Lake: A Novel by Laura Lippman
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Lady in the Lake: A Novel (2019)

by Laura Lippman

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The revered New York Times bestselling author returns with a novel set in 1960s Baltimore that combines modern psychological insights with elements of classic noir, about a middle-aged housewife turned aspiring reporter who pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman. In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know--everyone, that is, except Madeline "Maddie" Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she's bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life. Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered girl--assistance that leads to a job at the city's afternoon newspaper, the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it: a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake. Cleo Sherwood was a young black woman who liked to have a good time. No one seems to know or care why she was killed except Maddie--and the dead woman herself. Maddie's going to find the truth about Cleo's life and death. Cleo's ghost, privy to Maddie's poking and prying, wants to be left alone. Maddie's investigation brings her into contact with people that used to be on the periphery of her life--a jewelry store clerk, a waitress, a rising star on the Baltimore Orioles, a patrol cop, a hardened female reporter, a lonely man in a movie theater. But for all her ambition and drive, Maddie often fails to see the people right in front of her. Her inability to look beyond her own needs will lead to tragedy and turmoil for all sorts of people--including the man who shares her bed, a black police officer who cares for Maddie more than she knows.… (more)

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The story was told in an interesting way. Nice twist. ( )
  gail616 | Sep 8, 2019 |
Usually I love Lippman, but this was not my favorite. ( )
  dcoward | Sep 5, 2019 |
"Lady in the Lake" by Laura Lippman is an uncommon book. It's set in a Baltimore known intimately by the author, who grew up there. It's also a close portrait of work in a newspaper office in a bygone era.

Ms Lippman's book is receiving acclaim from every side and there isn't much new I can write about it. I found the pace a bit slow, and I am not fond of multiple POV, especially first person contributions from a dead person, so I wasn't thrilled. I'm sure most people will like it a lot though.

I received a review copy of "Lady in the Lake" by Laura Lippman from Faber and Faber Ltd through NetGalley.com. ( )
  Dokfintong | Sep 3, 2019 |
A reasonably good mystery with enough twists to keep me reading. For the kind of book this is, the writing is impressive. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t one of the better books I’ve read recently. ( )
  DanDiercks | Aug 26, 2019 |
This marvelous and unlikely mashup brings together Herman Wouk's beloved 1955 novel Marjorie Morningstar and two true crime stories. Lippman, a thriller writer of serials featuring a Baltimore PI as well as standalones, here brings us to divided black and white Baltimore in the mid 1960s, and to a Jewish wife who busts loose from her marriage and into the newsroom at the city's afternoon newspaper. Through her own smarts and with the help of her source, a lover who's trying to break the color barrier in the Baltimore police detective bureau, Maddie Schwartz works on two murder cases using her classic good looks (a la Wouk's character) and her smarts and instincts. The most affecting case is that of the title character, Cleo Sherwood, a black woman trying to use her own beauty as a stepping stone to a better-than-just-getting-by life for her two sons when her body is found at the bottom of a city fountain. The two women's inner thoughts duel for the attention of the reader, and it's a fair fight. This should become a classic of the thriller genre.

Quote: "She didn't have the luxury of looking too closely at good fortune." ( )
  froxgirl | Aug 19, 2019 |
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In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know—everyone, that is, except Madeline “Maddie” Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she’s bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life.

Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered girl—assistance that leads to a job at the city’s afternoon newspaper, the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it: a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake.

Cleo Sherwood was a young African-American woman who liked to have a good time. No one seems to know or care why she was killed except Maddie—and the dead woman herself. Maddie’s going to find the truth about Cleo’s life and death. Cleo’s ghost, privy to Maddie’s poking and prying, wants to be left alone.

Maddie’s investigation brings her into contact with people that used to be on the periphery of her life—a jewelry store clerk, a waitress, a rising star on the Baltimore Orioles, a patrol cop, a hardened female reporter, a lonely man in a movie theater. But for all her ambition and drive, Maddie often fails to see the people right in front of her. Her inability to look beyond her own needs will lead to tragedy and turmoil for all sorts of people—including the man who shares her bed, a black police officer who cares for Maddie more than she knows.
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