HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Laura Lippman

New York Times Best-Selling Crime Fiction Author


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



Since her debut in 1997, Laura Lippman has been hailed as a distinctive voice in crime fiction. Recently named one of the "essential" crime writers of the last 100 years, she has produced 24 novels, a book of short stories, a collection of essays, and a children's picture book, and been published in more than 25 languages.

A New York Times bestseller, she also has won more than 20 prizes for her work and been shortlisted for 30 more. Her 2019 novel, Lady in the Lake, will be produced as a television series starring Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong'o.

A sought-after keynote speaker, Lippman regular presents for literary programs, library events, and conferences across the country.

Lippman was a reporter for 20 years, including 12 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. Her work also has appeared in the New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Guardian and the Washington Post. She lives in Baltimore and New Orleans.

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 Seasonal Work:

“Lippman displays her uncanny understanding of human nature and all its foibles in this worthy collection of 12 stories involving deceit, violence, and psychological mayhem.”
--Publishers Weekly

“Delightful stories. . . . A must for Lippman fans and devotees of female-empowerment crime fiction.”
--Library Journal (Starred Review)

“Clever, well-paced, laced with humor and insight—damn fine short stories."

“Excruciatingly timely…pitch-perfect sense…outstanding title story…first-rate collection, an obvious must.”
--Booklist (Starred Review)

Praise for Dream Girl:

“Lippman never stops twisting the plot into a deliciously intricate pretzel, right up to the jaw-dropping finale. . . . Expect Lippman's latest to be among this summer's biggest novels.”
-- Booklist, Starred Review

“Lippman is in top form for this enticingly witty, multilayered guessing game.”
-- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Completely riveting…. a page-turning, plot-twisting masterpiece.”
-- Library Journal, Starred Review

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.”
-- People

“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.”
-- Lee 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