Laura Lippman

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Laura Lippman
Lippman at the 2015 National Book Festival
Lippman at the 2015 National Book Festival
Born (1959-01-31) January 31, 1959 (age 61)
Atlanta, Georgia
Alma materNorthwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Wilde Lake High School
SubjectDetective fiction
Notable awardsAgatha, Anthony, Edgar, Nero, Barry, Macavity, Strand and Shamus
SpouseDavid Simon (m. 2008)

Laura Lippman (born January 31, 1959) is an American author of detective fiction.

Life and career[edit]

Lippman was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Columbia, Maryland. She is the daughter of Theo Lippman, Jr., a writer at the Baltimore Sun, and Madeline Mabry Lippman, a retired school librarian for the Baltimore City Public School System.[1] Her paternal grandfather was Jewish, and the remainder of her ancestry is Scots-Irish.[2][3] Lippman was raised Presbyterian.[4] She attended high school in Columbia, Maryland, where she was the captain of the Wilde Lake High School It's Academic team. She also participated in several dramatic productions, including Finian's Rainbow,The Lark, and Barefoot in the Park. She graduated from Wilde Lake High School in 1977.[5]

Lippman is a former reporter for the now defunct San Antonio Light and the Baltimore Sun. She is best known for writing a series of novels set in Baltimore and featuring Tess Monaghan, a reporter turned private investigator. Lippman's works have won the Agatha, Anthony, Edgar, Nero, Gumshoe and Shamus awards. What the Dead Know (2007), was the first of her books to make the New York Times Best Seller list, and was shortlisted for the Crime Writer's Association Dagger Award. In addition to the Tess Monaghan novels, Lippman wrote 2003's Every Secret Thing, which was adapted into a 2014 movie starring Diane Lane.

Lippman lives in the South Baltimore neighborhood of Federal Hill and frequently writes in the neighborhood coffee shop Spoons.[6] In addition to writing, she teaches at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, just outside Baltimore. In January 2007, she taught at the 3rd Annual Writers in Paradise at Eckerd College. In March 2013, she was the guest of honor at Left Coast Crime.

Lippman is married to David Simon, another former Baltimore Sun reporter, and creator and an executive producer of the HBO series The Wire. The character Bunk is shown to be reading one of her books, In a Strange City, in episode eight of the first season of The Wire. She appeared in a scene of the first episode of the last season of The Wire as a reporter working in the Baltimore Sun newsroom.[7]

Lippman and Simon have a daughter named Georgia Ray Simon, who was born in 2010.[8]


Tess Monaghan series[edit]

  • Baltimore Blues (1997). ISBN 0380788756
  • Charm City (1997). ISBN 0380788764
  • Butchers Hill (1998). ISBN 0380798468
  • In Big Trouble (1999). ISBN 0380798476
  • The Sugar House (2000). ISBN 0380978172
  • In a Strange City (2001). ISBN 0380978180
  • The Last Place (2002). ISBN 0380978199
  • By A Spider's Thread (2004). ISBN 0060506695
  • No Good Deeds (2006). ISBN 978-0060570729
  • Another Thing to Fall (2008). ISBN 978-0061128875
  • The Girl in the Green Raincoat (2011). ISBN 978-0061938368
  • Hush, Hush (2015). ISBN 978-0062083425
  • "Orphans' Court" (1999) (short story in First Cases: Volume 3, edited by Robert J. Randisi)
  • "Ropa Vieja" (2001) (short story in Murderers Row, edited by Otto Penzler)
  • "The Shoeshine Man's Regrets" (2004) (short story in Murder and All That Jazz, edited by Robert J. Randisi)



Short story collections[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Evory, Ann (November 15, 1978). Contemporary Authors New Revision Series. Gale. p. 518. ISBN 9780810300385. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "Secrets and Ties: Author Laura Lippman Takes a Break From Heroine Tess Monaghan With Every Secret Thing, "The Most Hard-Boiled Book to Ever Begin With A Barbie Doll."". Baltimore City Paper. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  3. ^ "[Committee] Authors Laura Lippman & David Simon ("the Wire") Sunday 3 PM @ Bolton St.Synagogue". January 14, 2005. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Chauncey Mabe (July 9, 2006). "The Dark Side Of Charm City". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  5. ^ "Wilde Lake" (2016), Afterword
  6. ^ "Laura Lippman, mystery novelist". June 24, 2003. Retrieved October 29, 2009.
  7. ^ Baker, Jeff (March 13, 2008). "Interview: Author Laura Lippman on "Another Thing to Fall"". The Oregonian. Retrieved September 23, 2008.
  8. ^ Pinckley, Diana (October 3, 2010). "Author Laura Lippman on her husband David Simon, New Orleans life and her love for mysteries". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  9. ^ "Baltimore Noir". Publishers Weekly. May 2006. Retrieved September 27, 2020.