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What the dead know
Laura Lippman
Adult Fiction LIPPMAN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Edgar-winner Lippman, author of the Tess Monaghan mystery series (No Good Deeds, etc.), shows she's as good as Peter Abrahams and other A-list thriller writers with this outstanding stand-alone. A driver who flees a car accident on a Maryland highway breathes new life into a 30-year-old mystery-the disappearance of the young Bethany sisters at a shopping mall-after she later tells the police she's one of the missing girls. As soon as the mystery woman drops that bombshell, she clams up, placing the new lead detective, Kevin Infante, in a bind, as he struggles to gain her trust while exploring the odd holes in her story. Deftly moving between past and present, Lippman presents the last day both sisters, Sunny and Heather, were seen alive from a variety of perspectives. Subtle clues point to the surprising but plausible solution of the crime and the identity of the mystery woman. Lippman, who has also won Shamus, Agatha, Anthony and Nero Wolfe awards, should gain many new fans with this superb effort. 9-city author tour. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Baltimore County's Det. Kevin Infante (who partnered Sergeant Lenhardt in Lippman's To the Power of Three) investigates a hit-and-run in which the driver claims to be one of two sisters who had gone missing in 1975 and were presumed dead. Tight-lipped about what happened and where she's been, the woman is willing only to reveal bits and pieces of her story, none of which rings true to Infante, who must decide whether she is protecting herself because she's a victim or because she's a criminal. Told piecemeal and from multiple perspectives, Lippman's story crisscrosses time as she describes the Bethany sisters' abduction and its aftermath. Astute readers may ferret out the truth about the woman's claims before the big reveal, but this book is still well done. This standalone mystery featuring recurring characters is as heavy on the portrait of one Baltimore family as it is on the whodunit. Lippman fans are most likely to be pleased; recommended for all public libraries.--Amy Brozio-Andrews, Albany P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Heather Bethany
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Flees the scene of a hit-and run; claims she was abducted 30 years ago.

Kevin Infante
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Investigating a thirty-year-old unsolved crime.
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