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by Laura Lippman

  • ISBN: 0061584991
  • Author: Laura Lippman
  • ePub ver: 1449 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Formats: mobi doc mbr lrf
  • Category: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
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Hardly Knew Her. Author: Laura Lippman. Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travel – to New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad.

I was drawn to Laura Lippman's work because I know she is married to David Simon, who helped to create some of the . While Lippman is a talented writer, her stories all come to the same conclusion

I was drawn to Laura Lippman's work because I know she is married to David Simon, who helped to create some of the most compelling and complex drama that has ever been brought to the screen, in my opinion. Since Lippman had the same background, Baltimore Sun writer turned author, I figured I'd be in for more of the same. While Lippman is a talented writer, her stories all come to the same conclusion. After the first few stories it was not difficult to guess what end the characters would come to - female protagonists who were not afraid to commit murder to get what they want. Жанр: Триллер. Laura Lippman is one of the most acclaimed authors of crime fiction writing today, the winner of every major award the genre has to offer. New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. Now she dazzles once again with a riveting stand-alone novel that takes on the secret – and not-so-secret – lives of teenage girls, illuminating a dark tragedy with startling clarity and unique empathy.

Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where . Hardly Knew Her - Laura Lippman.

Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travel-to New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad.

Laura Lippman was an author with whom I was not familiar before I downloaded her collection of short stories, Hardly Knew Her. Her execution of the short story format was quite successful and interesting for the most part and I would have loved to read these in a serial format perhaps weekly.

Hardly Knew Her book. In this collection of short stories, Lippman extends her range and her subject matter

Hardly Knew Her book. Hardly Knew Her: Stories. In this collection of short stories, Lippman extends her range and her subject matter. While many of the stories are set either in Baltimore and its suburbs or at least in Maryland, some venture as far south as New Orleans and as far east as Dublin, Ireland. Some o I have always enjoyed Laura Lippman's novels-in part, I think, because they are set in Baltimore, Maryland and the city usually becomes a major character in each book. This book, however, proved that, in truth, I did hardly know her.

“Lippman is a writing powerhouse.”

—USA Today

 

New York Times bestselling author and winner of every major prize awarded for crime fiction—including the Edgar®, Anthony, Shamus, Agatha, and Nero Wolfe Awards—Laura Lippman brilliantly demonstrates her astonishing agility as a short story writer with Hardly Knew Her. A sterling collection of sixteen suspenseful short fictions and novellas—most set in and around her beloved Baltimore and several featuring her popular series character private investigator Tess Monaghan—Hardly Knew Her was called, “Riveting…One of the best collections released in some time” by the Boston Globe. The Seattle Times says, “something in the short-story form brings out the wicked in Laura Lippman,” and this exceptional collection is indisputable proof that Lippman is without peer as she walks boldly on the dark and dangerous side.

Comments (7)

Kefrannan
With only a couple of exceptions, these short stories are so good that I almost wished Lippman stopped writing novels and dedicated her time to writing just short stories. The only two stories that are quite weak are the ones that feature Tess Monaghan. It feels like they were stuck there for no other reason other than to attract the long-time fans of this character and get them to buy this collection. The two Monaghan stories are boring and don't live up to the high standards of the other stories in the HARDLY KNEW HER.

Lippman's stories explore various ways in which women sell sex for money. The stories are very different, they are narrated in very distinctive voices and are set in extremely different social surroundings. Still, each of them addresses the relationship between sex and money in a way that is always insightful and fresh. Cheap didacticism is alien to Lippman. Among her female characters who sell their bodies in a variety of inventive ways, the only one who has character and integrity is a career prostitute. She is, of course, despised by housewives who believe that selling themselves just to one man is somehow better. Lippman makes it very clear that her sympathies lie with the honest, resourceful prostitute and not with the spoiled housewives who go to great lengths to convince themselves of their non-existent superiority. This kind of honesty is not easy to find in a genre that is addressed to an overwhelmingly female audience. The desire to keep the housewives happy and cater to their tastes has been the downfall of many an entertainer. Thankfully, Lippman is not one of them.

Laura Lippman lives in Baltimore, and most of her stories are set in this city. The few times that she ventures to other settings, her stories lose in quality. On home turf, however, Lippman is brilliant. Her love of Baltimore and her profound understanding of its history make her stories fascinating to those of us who have an emotional attachment to this beautiful city.
Marelyne
This short story collection could have been subtitled "Women Who Kill", because that is essentially what most of the stories revolve around. It's a very strong collection, with only a few duds. Strangely, one of those duds was a Tess Monaghan story (Lippman's most well-known character).

It's difficult to narrow down exactly which stories were my favorites. The first story, The Crack Cocaine Diet, is fabulous just for its voice. I really enjoyed The Accidental Detective, a newspaper-style piece on Tess Monaghan that gives nice insight into the character, even if you haven't read any books in that series. Easy as A-B-C was also quite entertaining -- one of the few in the collection from a male point of view. And I thought the novella, Scratch a Woman, was very good.

Lippman is an excellent weaver of stories. Even when you think you know where a story is going, she can surprise you. If you enjoy crime fiction or short story collections, I think this is a must-read.
Dorilune
Almost exclusively sexual and/or violent stories about women getting even or just getting away with murder - very readable, but eventually the violence got a little old (and I normally have no problem with violence). I enjoyed many of the stories, and most of the characters were appealing in some way which made me root for them, in some cases in spite of myself. What I enjoyed most were the clever twists re: how the lead characters got our of their situations... although again, after a while it became clear that killing someone was typically the end game. Still, many of the stories were worth reading anyway, even if this become predictable.

If you like Lippmann and don't mind violence, you'll probably enjoy these. You should know within the first 2-3 stories whether you'll be a fan of the entire collection. If you get the book but don't finish it, make sure you at least read the "Penthouse Forum" story - one of the best in my view!
ARE
This was my first Laura Lippman book, and I found her writing witty and fast with a new angle on feminism. Her dark humor travels through many of the short stories where the women often overcome traditional life stories of boring marriages, dominating self-absorbed husbands, or abuse, by committing murder.

Lippman also has several stories where the main female character has used prostitution as a road to independence. This is a common theme here where women call the shots through outrageous work roles and clever murders.

Lippman is fearless in her attitudes, which I found refreshing. In some stories, particularly Girls Gone Wild, the language is off-color but it fits the story.

I will definitely add Laura Lippman to my list of favorite authors.
Quttaro
Laura Lippman was an author with whom I was not familiar before I downloaded her collection of short stories, Hardly Knew Her. Her execution of the short story format was quite successful and interesting for the most part and I would have loved to read these in a serial format perhaps weekly. The language and vocabulary was first rate, but I was bored with the repetition of characters' motivation, so after reading three in a row, I limited myself to reading one story every few days. I would recommend this collection to those who like a little twist and strong women characters, but would warn the reader that if read in one sitting, the stories may lose their oomph. I look forward to reading Ms. Lippman's novels soon.
Pameala
I love this book. I borrowed a copy from a friend, who had borrowed from another friend. This is the sort of book you will want to share. The stories are DARK. There are drugs, sex and violence throughout these stories. DO NOT buy this book if any of that will upset you.

On the other hand, if you are a fan of dark comedy, this is the book for you. The short stories are completely addicting, you will push your lunch break just to finish.

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