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Laura Lippman: That Other Baltimore Crime Writer

September 23, 2008
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As the Sun‘s Baltimore Crime Beat blog noted Sept. 19, Baltimore crime is “huge in the UK”, thanks to the final season of The Wire recently concluding its British TV run on FX. In fact, it’s been great fun to watch the British press comment on the final season much as American bloggers and critics did weekly through its HBO run earlier this year.

And, as Andy Green observes in his Sun post, it caps a flurry of U.K. activity for David Simon, including the U.K. reissue of his Homicide: Life on the Killing Streets and the HBO announcement that he and former Homicide TV show writer Tom Fontana will be co-writing the miniseries Manhunt, about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Right on.

Back in Baltimore, though, another hometown scribe and Sun alumnus is making waves of her own. We’ve got the sneaking suspicion that Laura Lippman is about to blow up. Her excellent 2007 What the Dead Know became a breakout book for the local crime author, and 2008 is witnessing her hitting hot streak continue. Another Thing to Fall, her 10th Tess Monahan novel, came out in May. Her short-story collection Harldy Knew Her comes out Oct. 7. Her The Girl in the Green Raincoat is currently being serialized in the New York Times Magazine. And her next standalone novel, Life Sentences, is due out in early 2009. And, yes, I got winded just typing all that out, much less writing at such a prolific streak.

And in a little more than two weeks, Lippman will be the American Guest of Honor at Bouchercon 2008, the long-running mystery and detective fiction festival invading Baltimore Oct. 9-12. Loads of writers will be coming to town–including the devilishly wicked Megan Abott and Dublin’s Declan Hughes–making Baltimore quite literally the world’s crime-fiction hot spot for a weekend.

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