There’s nothing quite like a thriller that embodies everything we love about the noir genre: the mind games, cat-and-mouse-like chases, forbidden desires, dark pasts and even darker secrets. Literary noir is in a whole realm of its own.

The latest and most anticipated addition to the genre is Laura Lippman’s Sunburn

Lippman is best known for her Tess Monaghan Series about a Baltimore reporter-turned-accidental Private Investigator. Sunburn, however, promises to be a dark, provocative and heady new addition to Lippman’s resume.

Polly and Adam meet randomly at a tavern in Delaware, both strangers just passing through. Polly’s headed out West, and Adam’s leaving to go somewhere else, too. Yet somehow, they both end up staying, winding into a summer-long affair, full of romance and sex. The more time they spend together, the more Adam finds himself magnetically drawn to the irresistible redhead. Despite their undeniable attraction to each other, they’re both hiding something from the other – something they’d both kill to keep hidden.

Then, a body is discovered – whether it was an accident or murder, no one knows yet. Everyone is on guard, and people are starting to point fingers. And at the end of the day, how well do Polly and Adam really know each other? But throughout their affair, their lives have become so entangled and ensnared, it’s too late to get away from each other. What follows is a sharp and brilliantly cunning story of betrayal, cold-blooded murder and a chilling game of cat and mouse. For Adam and Polly, one of them is playing the long-game , and at the end of the day, something’s just got to give.

Sunburn is Lippman at her best. A master of suspense, Lippman knows what makes for an engaging plot, how to craft thrilling mysteries, and the key to a brilliant intrigue.

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Laura Lippman is a New York Times bestselling novelist who has won more than 20 awards for her fiction—and been nominated for 30 more. Since her debut in 1997, she has published 20 novels, a novella and a collection of short stories. Lit Hub recently named her one of the “essential” female crime writers of the last 100 years. She also has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and T magazine. Her novel Every Secret Thing, optioned for film by Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014, starring Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, and Dakota Fanning. Laura lives in Baltimore with her husband, David Simon, and their daughter.

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