Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Laura Lippman has been awarded every major prize in crime fiction. Since the publication of What the Dead Know, each of her hardcovers has hit the New York Times bestseller list. A recent recipient of the first-ever Mayor’s Prize, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and New Orleans with her husband, David Simon, their daughter, and her stepson.
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Monday, October 3

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. Of course, a headline is supposed to call attention to itself. That’s its job. Yet these letters are unusually huge, hectoring even, in a typeface suitable for a declaration of war or an invasion by aliens. It’s tacky, tarted up, as much of a strumpet as the woman whose death it’s trumpeting. SUBURBAN MADAM DEAD IN APPARENT SUICIDE

Heloise finds it interesting that suicide must be fudged but the label of madam requires no similar restraint, only qualification. She supposes that every madam needs her modifier. Suburban Madam, D.C. Madam, Hollywood Madam, Mayflower Madam. “Madam” on its own would make no impression in a headline, and this is the headline of the day, repeated ad nauseam on every news break on WTOP and WBAL, even the local cut-ins on NPR. Suburban Madam dead in apparent suicide. People are speaking of it here in line at this very moment, if only because the suburb in question is the bordering county’s version of this suburb. Albeit a lesser one, the residents of Turner’s Grove agree. Schools not quite as good, green space less lush, too much lower-cost housing bringing in riffraff. You know, the people who can afford only three hundred thousand dollars for a town house. Such as the Sub­urban Madam, although from what Heloise has gleaned, she lived in the most middle of the middle houses, not so grand as to draw attention to herself but not on the fringes either.

And yes, Heloise knows that because she has followed almost every news story about the Suburban Madam since her initial arrest eight months ago. She knows her name, Michelle Smith, and what she looks like in her mug shot, the only photo of her that seems to exist. Very dark hair—so dark it must be dyed—very pale eyes, otherwise so ordinary as to be any woman anywhere, the kind of stranger who looks familiar because she looks like so many people you know. Maybe Heloise is a little bit of a hypo­crite, decrying the news coverage even as she eats it up, but then she’s not a disinterested party, unlike the people in this line, most of whom probably use “disinterested” incorrectly in conversation yet consider themselves quite bright.




Perennial New York Times and nationally bestselling author and acclaimed multiple–prize winner Laura Lippman delivers a brilliant novel about a woman with a secret life who is forced to make desperate choices to save her son and herself.

When Hector Lewis told his daughter that she had a nothing face, it was just another bit of tossed-off cruelty from a man who specialized in harsh words and harsher deeds. But twenty years later, Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who knows how to avoid attention. In the comfortable suburb where she lives, she's just a mom, the youngish widow with a forgettable job who somehow never misses a soccer game or a school play. In the state capitol, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record.

But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams—if you can afford her hourly fee.

For more than a decade, Heloise has believed she is safe. She has created a rigidly compartmentalized life, maintaining no real friendships, trusting few confidantes. Only now her secret life, a life she was forced to build after the legitimate world turned its back on her, is under siege. Her once oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions. Her longtime protector is hinting at new, mysterious dangers. Her employees can't be trusted. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, a suicide. Or is it?

Nothing is as it seems as Heloise faces a midlife crisis with much higher stakes than most will ever know.

And then she learns that her son's father might be released from prison, which is problematic because he doesn't know he has a son. The killer and former pimp also doesn't realize that he's serving a life sentence because Heloise betrayed him. But he's clearly beginning to suspect that Heloise has been holding something back all these years.

With no formal education, no real family, and no friends, Heloise has to remake her life—again. Disappearing will be the easy part. She's done it before and she can do it again. A new name and a new place aren't hard to come by if you know the right people. The trick will be living long enough to start a new life.



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46 comments:

  1. Amazing review and post. Well done!! I definitely need to read this novel!!!

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  2. Make me feel better? A good book and a bowl of ice cream

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  3. A smile, a hug, a nap, a new book, hot coffee, and a chocolate. (Not necessarily all at the same time, of course!)

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  4. chocolate and my cats :)
    thanks for the giveaway

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  5. ice cream.
    Always ice cream!
    Thanks for the giveaway

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  6. great book, my dogs and silence and food :D
    Thank you for this great giveaway and review :)

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  7. Always have on hand a good book so I could disconnect from reality =)

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  8. Getting a hug from my baby. Always brings a smile to my face

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  9. Books and music!
    (Ileana-rafflecopter)

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  10. chocolates, ice-cream and a nice long talk with my best friend

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  11. A good book and my favourite song :D

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  12. Good book, good music, and my lovely cat ^^

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  13. Listening music or reading a book.

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  14. Reading a book and some icecreams:).

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  15. Reading a book and relaxing with a good cup of tea

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  16. Reading a book, watching movies and eating chocolates :D

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  17. Hearing my kids laugh...there isn't a better sound in the world! :)

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  18. good book and a few episodes of friends:)

    Vendula

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  19. A hug from my boyfriend and my best friend, Costa Coffee's iced mocha, good book, and music. :] And, when I buy the book! :))

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  20. A funny movie, a good book, my best friend, a hug from my parents and grandparents :)

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  21. Chocoalate, frappe or a good book always!

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  22. Reading a favorite book or a movie, cooking, shopping and getting a call from him.

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  23. no matter what kind of a day i had i love coming home and cuddling on the couch with my dog and reading a good book! always makes me feel betteR!

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  24. A hug and a kiss from my 2 year old can always make me smile.

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  25. Frankly a good song, a good read or a good talk.

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  26. A good book and a cup of good ol' tea :)

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  27. Coffee,a good book and my blog.

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  28. The best thing to make me feel better ever is an hour of peace and quiet, so I can read with no interruptions, Thankyou for a wonderful giveaway x x

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  29. Tea, a good book, a sunny day and my bf's smile

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  30. Good Book and a Good Cheeseburger :)...and if I have both...i would have died and gone to heaven!

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  31. good book and music (instrumental music)

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  32. My dog can always make me feel better.

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