Laura Lippman, author of And When She Was Good, on tour August/September 2012

Posted By on July 12, 2012

About And When She Was Good

• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (August 14, 2012)

Perennial New York Times and nationally bestselling author and acclaimed multiple–prize winner Laura Lippman delivers a brilliant novel about a woman with a secret life who is forced to make desperate choices to save her son and herself.

When Hector Lewis told his daughter that she had a nothing face, it was just another bit of tossed-off cruelty from a man who specialized in harsh words and harsher deeds. But twenty years later, Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who knows how to avoid attention. In the comfortable suburb where she 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.

For more than a decade, Heloise has believed she is safe. She has created a rigidly compartmentalized life, maintaining no real friendships, trusting few confidantes. Only now her 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.

And then she learns that her son’s father might be released from prison, which is problematic because he doesn’t know he has a son. The killer and former pimp also doesn’t realize that he’s serving a life sentence because Heloise betrayed him. But he’s clearly beginning to suspect that Heloise has been holding something back all these years.

With no formal education, no real family, and no friends, Heloise has to remake her life—again. Disappearing will be the easy part. She’s done it before and she can do it again. A new name and a new place aren’t hard to come by if you know the right people. The trick will be living long enough to start a new life.

About Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman grew up in Baltimore and returned to her hometown in 1989 to work as a journalist. After writing seven books while still a full-time reporter, she left the Baltimore Sun to focus on fiction. The author of two New York Times bestsellers, What the Dead Knowand Another Thing to Fall, she has won numerous awards for her work, including the Edgar, Quill, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, Agatha, Gumshoe, Barry, and Macavity.

To learn more about Laura’s work, visit her website or connect with her on Facebook.

Laura’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, August 14th: The Blog of Lit Wits

Wednesday, August 15th: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

Thursday, August 16th: Book Dilettante

Monday, August 20th: Chaotic Compendiums

Tuesday, August 21st: Olduvai Reads

Wednesday, August 22nd: Peppermint PhD

Thursday, August 23rd: The Book Bag

Monday, August 27th: Book Addiction

Tuesday, August 28th: Mary’s Cup of Tea

Wednesday, August 29th: In the Next Room

Thursday, August 30th: Between the Covers

Friday, August 31st: Mysteries and My Musings

Monday, September 3rd: Don’t Mind the Mess

Tuesday, September 4th: A Bookish Way of Life

Thursday, September 6th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Friday, September 7th: the smitten review

Monday, September 10th: Twisting the Lens

Tuesday, September 11th: A Bookworm’s World

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