Laura Lippman's Wilde Lake
Lippman's latest is a standalone centering on a recently elected state's attorney in Columbia, Maryland--a position her father famously held years earlier. Now she's working on a kind of weird murder case, and the story is also flashing back to a crucial summer in the 1970s and a couple cases of her father's (shades of To Kill a Mockingbird are intentional). Eventually, of course, these two stories start to converge, but not before Lippman touches on family, motherhood, romance, loss, race and class tensions, and more. I did have some minor problems with half the book being in first person and half in third, and wished this was a little more substantial, but it moves quickly and is pretty entertaining. B+.
A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released on May 3rd.