Laura Lippman proved with books like Every Secret Thing and What the Dead Know that she is one of the mystery world's finest contemporary novelists. Now, with Hardly Knew Her, a collection of short stories and a novella, she proves she is one of the current masters of short fiction as well.
The diverse variety of stories contained in Hardly Knew Her is testimony to Lippman's broad gifts as a writer, with characters ranging from jilted lovers to danger-seeking youths, a soccer mom-cum-prostitute to Baltimore PI Tess Monaghan (her regular series character). Regardless of the plot or the setting, nearly all the stories reflect the book's theme of women with secrets.
Even those readers who don't ordinarily seek out short fiction will find much to enjoy here. Lippman's name belongs near the top of a very short list of crime writers with the ability to do it all. She is truly a one-of-a-kind talent.
From the Chicago Sun-Times, October 19, 2008