What the Dead Know: A Novel (Paperback)

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I decided to re-read What the Dead Know since it had been so long (2007) since I read it. Wow, it's even better than I remember! It's about two sisters who go to the mall one afternoon. They never come home. Thirty years later, a woman is in an accident and claims to be one of the sisters. Is she Heather Bethany? An impostor? Lippman does an incredible job of giving out clues and red herrings. What the Dead Know will keep you guessing until the very last clue. If you have not read Laura Lippman before,this is the place to start. Her books,including her series, are favorites of the store. - Sally

— From 2015 Advent Picks


One of the most acclaimed and honored writers in the field of crime fiction, Laura Lippman offers readers a gripping tale of deception and delusion, of family wounds and betrayals.

Thirty years ago, the Bethany girls, ages eleven and fifteen, disappeared from a Baltimore shopping mall. They never returned, their bodies were never recovered, and only painful questions remain. Now, in the aftermath of a rush-hour hit-and-run accident, a clearly disoriented woman is claiming to be Heather, the younger Bethany sister. Not a shred of evidence supports her story, and every lead she reluctantly offers takes the police to another dead end—a dying, incoherent man; a razed house; a missing grave. But she definitely knows something about that terrible day—and about the shocking fissures that the tragedy exposed in the foundation of a seemingly solid family.

About the Author

Since Laura Lippman's debut in 1997, she has been recognized as a distinctive voice in mystery fiction and named one of the "essential" crime writers of the last 100 years. Her books have won most of the major awards in her field and been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her family.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061771354
ISBN-10: 006177135X
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: February 10th, 2009
Pages: 400
Language: English