Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Two of Baltimore’s crime fiction greats come to The Ivy for the paperback release of Laura Lippman’s latest novel, And When She Was Good.
In the comfortable suburb where Heloise 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.
Now, Heloise’s 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.
Laura Lippman is the author of eleven novels featuring Baltimore private detective Tess Monaghan, seven stand-alone novels and a short story collection. Her six most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers. Lippman has won numerous literary prizes for her work, including the Edgar, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, Agatha, Gumshoe, Barry and Macavity Awards. A recent recipient of the first-ever Mayor’s Prize, she lives in Baltimore with her husband, David Simon; their daughter; and her stepson.
Sujata Massey is an Edgar and Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee and winner of the Agatha and the Macavity Award for her ten Rei Shimura mystery novels set in Japan. Born in England to an Indian father and a German mother, Sujata Massey grew up mostly in the United States and earned her BA from the Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars program. She then worked as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun before marrying and moving to Japan. She now lives in Baltimore with her husband and children.