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 twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working full-time and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Since the publication of her first novel in 1997, Lippman has won virtually every major award given to U.S. crime writings, including the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Agatha Award, Nero Wolfe Award, Shamus Award, and the Quill Award. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Lippman returns with her take on a modern noir in her new novel Sunburn (William Morrow). In an unpromising town near the Maryland shore two souls begin a cat and mouse game that will lead to betrayal and murder. One is playing a long game. But which one?

Lippman also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. A sought-after keynote speaker, Lippman regular presents for literary programs, library events, and conferences across the country.

Lippman grew up in Baltimore and attended city schools through ninth grade. After graduating from Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md., Lippman attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her other newspaper jobs included the Waco Tribune-Herald and the San Antonio Light.

Currently, she splits her time between Baltimore, New Orleans, and New York.

Praise for Laura Lippman:

"When she presented a talk as part of our Literary Arts Series with husband David Simon, Laura Lippman was warm, funny, generous, and a sharp observer of the current state of journalism and urban issues. Our audience greatly enjoyed hearing all about the twists and turns of her impressive crime fiction career, and left wanting even more time with her. During her visit to a local high school earlier in the day, she gave students an inspiring glimpse into the life of a writer and was so thoughtful and attentive when it came to making a meaningful connection with the kids.”
-- Seattle Arts & Lectures

Praise for Sunburn:

“Suspenseful as hell, and she writes like a dream [...] Lippman’s always good, but this is a cut above.”
--Stephen King

“A masterful mix from a total pro.”

“Cool and twisty.”
--New York Times Book Review

“Every time Laura Lippman comes out with a new book, I get chills because I know I am back in the hands of the master. She is simply a brilliant novelist, an unflinching chronicler of life in America right now, and Sunburn is her dark, gleaming noir gem. Read it.” --Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

“Laura Lippman continues to push the envelope of modern crime-writing. Sunburn, her take on noir, may be her nerviest novel yet, an unsparing look at how lovers can betray one another.”
--Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Modern noir at its best, it will delight old-movie lovers, satisfy suspense readers, and reward Lippman’s legion of fans.”
--Library Journal (starred review)

“You can tell how much fun the author had updating the classic noir tropes, and it’s contagious. Plotty, page-turning pleasure.”
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This is Lippman at her observant, fiercest best, a force to be reckoned with in crime fiction.”
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Ingeniously constructed and extremely suspenseful, the novel keeps us guessing right up until its final moments. Lippman is a popular and dependable writer, and this homage to classic noir showcases a writer at the height of her powers.”
--Booklist (starred review)

“I feel like it creates a whole new category, which I’m thinking of as ‘femme noir’ [...] She’s taken this traditional noir structure of a man sweeping in to save a woman who then turns around and eats his heart out—she’s turned that notion on its head.”
--Wall Street Journal

“The ingenious plot evolves into myriad twists that are as believable as they are surprising [...] Sunburn delivers one of the year’s most intriguing mysteries.”
--Associated Press

“Another extraordinary novel from Laura Lippman—full of just-one-more chapter, stay-up-late suspense, but packed too with nuance, subtlety, observation and humanity. Lippman is a natural storyteller at the height of her powers.”
--e Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“spellbinding [...] this corkscrew of a book, with its psychological insights and sensual charisma, proves once again that Ms. Lippman, as a writer, is sui generis.”
--Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

“Great book. Well paced. Beautifully observed details. Interesting characters and nuance in the right places. [...] Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the protagonist who is flawed and brilliant and ruthless and unapologetic.”
--Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger