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Publisher's Summary

A writer discovers the truth about her past in this haunting and multilayered thriller from the multiaward-winning New York Times best seller.

What if you found out that the central story of your life was a lie?

A successful writer returns to her hometown of Baltimore on the hunt for new material and stumbles into the middle of a mystery which takes her back to her school days.

Former classmate Callie Jenkins hit the headlines when she was jailed for seven years, having refused to give up the whereabouts of her missing child. But why did she remain silent? And what ever happened to the little boy?

Cassandra thinks she can find out. But in the course of her investigation, she finds out that her own history might be far from the truth....

©2009 Laura Lippman (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Laura Lippman's stories aren't just mysteries; they are deeply moving explorations of the human heart. She is quite simply one of the best crime novelists writing today." (Tess Gerritsen)
"I love her books." (Harlen Coben)
"Exquisite as fine jewellery." (Lee Child)
"A writer at the peak of her powers." (Washington Post)
"Lippman [demonstrates that the] best action is inside her characters' minds.... Lippman fans won't be disappointed." (Kirkus Reviews)
"One of the most distinctive voices in contemporary fiction.... Lippman has once more challenged, realigned and ultimately transcended the boundaries of genre." (New York Observer)
"Succeeds brilliantly.... Lippman is in total command of her material...a mystery so taut the reader is nearly afraid to keep going - and simultaneously powerless to stop." (People Magazine)
"From its gripping opening pages about a burned-out author's bookstore reading, Laura Lippman's Life Sentences may be the most absorbing, entertaining mystery published in the last year. Lippman does it all, from creating vivid, three-dimensional characters, to painting a beautifully detailed portrait of her hometown, Baltimore, to crafting a plot that drives readers along at a fast clip while simultaneously building suspense as one dramatic revelation leads to another." (Boston Globe)
"A terrific crime writer." (Daily Mail)
"Intricate and witty." (Publishers Weekly)
"A gripping novel." (Closer)

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