New York Times bestseller Laura Lippman (“extravagantly gifted” says the Chicago Tribune) returns with a story that gives a modern twist to To Kill a Mockingbird. The Washington Post calls WILDE LAKE “one of her best novels.” Scott Turow writes in the New York Times, “Wilde Lake is a real success.”
Luisa “Lu” Brant is the newly elected state’s attorney in suburban Maryland, an area encompassing the famous planned community of Columbia, a utopian dream when it was built of racial and economic equality. Fiercely ambitious, she decides to try a disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death. As Lu prepares for the trial, trying to avoid the traps set for women who dare to be competitive and successful, the case dredges up painful memories. She begins to rehash her childhood, particularly the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man’s life. Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Now, Lu wonders if the events of 1980 happened as she remembers them. What details might have been withheld from her when she was a child?
The more she learns about the case, the more questions arise. Propelled into the past, she discovers that the legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers. But what happens when Lu realizes that, for the first time, she doesn’t want to know the whole truth?
Publication Date: 07-Jul-2016
Publisher: Faber & Faber, Limited