Author(s): Laura Lippman
Cleo Sherwood disappeared eight months ago. Aside from her parents and the two sons she left behind, no one seems to have noticed. It isn't hard to understand why: it's 1964 and neither the police, the public nor the papers care much when Negro women go missing. Maddie Schwartz - recently separated from her husband, working her first job as an assistant at the Baltimore Sun- wants one thing: a byline. When she hears about an unidentified body that's been pulled out of the fountain in Druid Hill Park, Maddie thinks she is about to uncover a story that will finally get her name in print. What she can't imagine is how much trouble she will cause by chasing a story that no-one wants her to tell.
Laura Lippman is one of the most suspenseful writers today and it's easy to see why this was considerd one of the best books of 2019. Maddie Schwartz sees a body that has been found in a lake as a chance for her to get ahead as a journalist, but at what cost? A mystery, thriller and period piece in one.
Elisa, Book Grocer