HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Laura Lippman

New York Times Best-Selling Crime Fiction Author


  • A Career in Writing from Journalism to Crime Fiction
  • Gender and Crime Fiction
  • An Evening with Laura Lippman



Laura Lippman was a reporter for 20 years, 12 of those years spent at the Baltimore Sun. Her Tess Monaghan books: By a Spider's Thread, The Last Place, The Sugar House, Baltimore Blues, Charm City, Butchers Hill, No Good Deeds, In Big Trouble, Another Thing to Fall, and The Girl in the Green Raincoat have won every major mystery prize including the Edgar, Shamus, Agatha, Anthony, and Nero Wolfe awards, and her novel In a Strange City was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Lippman is a sought-after keynote speaker for library programs and community events across the country. Lippman's latest book, The Most Dangerous Thing (William Morrow), is set once again in the well-wrought environs of Lippman's beloved Baltimore, and is the shadowy tale of a group of onetime friends forced to confront a dark past they've each tried to bury following the death of one of their number. Rich in the compassion and insight into flawed human nature that has become a Lippman trademark while telling an absolutely gripping story, Lippman will not be confined by genre restrictions, reaching out instead to captivate a wide, diverse audience, from Harlan Coben and Kate Atkinson fans to readers of Jodi Picoult and Kathryn Stockett. Lippman is also the author of five previous stand-alone novels: To the Power of Three, Every Secret Thing, What the Dead Know (winner of the Quill Award for Best Mystery), Life Sentences, and I'd Know You Anywhere -- the last three were New York Times best-sellers. In 2008, Lippman's award-winning short stories were anthologized for the first time in one volume, along with an original novella, under the title Hardly Knew Her. 2008 also marked Lippman's serialization in the New York Times Magazine with The Girl in the Green Raincoat -- a continuation of her P.I. character Tess Monaghan. Lippman grew up in Baltimore and attended Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her other newspaper jobs included the Waco Tribune-Herald and the San Antonio Light. A recipient of the first Mayor's Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer to receive the Author of the Year Award issued by the Maryland Library Association, she and her husband, David Simon, live in Baltimore, New Orleans, and New York.

Praise for The Most Dangerous Thing: "One of the best novelists around, period." -- Washington Post "Lippman has enriched literature as a whole." -- Chicago Sun-Times "Laura Lippman's rich, multigenerational tale that explores how relationships between friends, spouses, neighbors, parents, and children wound and sustain us ... The mystery is undeniably compelling, but it is the characters' everyday lives and longings that make Lippman's novel so knowing." -- O, the Oprah Magazine "No one explores the delicate interplay between children and the adults they grow into better than Lippman." -- Kirkus Reviews "Superb storyteller Lippman continues her trenchant investigation into the malleability of memory and the unexpected ripple effect of crime in another superb stand-alone novel ... Spiked with sniper-precise humor, Lippman's wise and provocative novel of destructive choices reminds us that the greatest mystery of all is the inner lives of others." -- Booklist