Laura Lippman Author Of Wilde Lake
June 23, 2016•11 min
Luisa “Lu” Brant is the newly elected state’s attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her widower father famously served. Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she sees an opportunity to burnish her reputation by trying a homeless man accused of beating a woman to death in her home. It’s not the kind of case that makes national headlines, but peaceful Howard County doesn’t see many homicides. As Lu prepares for the trial, the case dredges up painful memories, reminding her small but tight-knit family of the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man’s life. Only 18n at the time, AJ was found to have acted in self-defense. Now, Lu wonders if the events of 1980 happened as she remembers them. Long discrete memories began to fit together, revealing connections and secrets that Lu never suspected. As Lu immerses herself in trial preparations, she cannot stop thinking about the past. Why was her brother's friend attacked? Who was the true victim?