And When She Was Good
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And When She Was Good

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Already praised as "a writing powerhouse" (USA Today) and "among the select group of novelists who have invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work" (George Pelecanos), New York Times bestseller Laura Lippman is constantly sending reviewers back to their thesauruses in search of new and greater accolades.

Her brilliant stand-alone novel, And When She Was Good, only reinforces the fact that she stands tall among today's bestselling elite--including Kate Atkinson, Tana French, Jodi Picoult, and Harlan Coben (who raves, "I love her books!") Based on her acclaimed, multi-award-nominated short story "Scratch a Woman," And When She Was Good is the powerfully gripping, intensely emotional story of a suburban madam, a convicted murderer whose sentence is about to be overturned, and the child they will both do anything to keep.

Lippman has already won virtually every prize the mystery genre has to offer--the Edgar(R), Anthony, Agatha, and Nero Wolfe Awards, to name but a few. They'll now have to invent a few new awards just to keep up with her.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 314 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 27.94mm | 226.8g
  • William Morrow & Company
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062197738
  • 9780062197733
  • 1,734,652

Review quote

" [Lippman] slowly ratchets up the tension until the final, blood-drenched showdown . . . It's page-turner..."--Library Journal (starred review)
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Back cover copy

In the comfortable suburb where Heloise Lewis 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.

But now, after a decade, her secret life is under siege. Her once oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions. Her longtime protector is hinting at new 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? And then she learns that her son's father, a killer and former pimp, might be released from prison. With no formal education, no real family, and no friends, Heloise has to remake her life--again. Disappearing will be the easy part. The trick will be living long enough to start a new life.
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Review Text

"AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD is a steady, surprising tale... Ms. Lippman's nominal subject may be prostitution, but her book is not about a woman who takes care of clients. It's about a woman who can take care of herself." New York Times
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Rating details

10,274 ratings
3.47 out of 5 stars
5 13% (1,293)
4 37% (3,776)
3 38% (3,932)
2 10% (1,038)
1 2% (235)
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