Sunburn (Laura Lippman)

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Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018 by Bustle, Popsugar, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Seattle Times, Book Riot, LitHub, BookPage, and Paperback Paris.

Every time Laura Lippman comes out with a new book, I get chills because I know I am back in the hands of the master. She is simply a brilliant novelist, an unflinching chronicler of life in America right now, and Sunburn is her dark, gleaming noir gem. Read it. -Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman returns with a superb novel of psychological suspense about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals--and cold-blooded murder.

One is playing a long game. But which one?

They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays and he stays--drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other--dangerous, even lethal, secrets.

Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other's lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away--or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them?

Something--or someone--has to give.

Which one will it be?

Inspired by James M. Cain's masterpieces The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, and Mildred Pierce, Sunburn is a tantalizing modern noir from the incomparable Laura Lippman.

 

Review

"I feel like it creates a whole new category, which I'm thinking of as 'femme noir' [...] She's taken this traditional noir structure of a man sweeping in to save a woman who then turns around and eats his heart out--she's turned that notion on its head."-- Wall Street Journal

" Sunburn was dark but not too dark, thrilling, richly descriptive with an utterly compelling protagonist...I read this book at a furious pace and never forgot about it all year. Sunburn was a reminder that storytelling matters and good storytelling is all too rare."--Roxane Gay

"A masterful mix from a total pro."-- People

"Cool and twisty."-- New York Times Book Review

"Fast-paced and unpredictable, Sunburn is a smart, sly riff on love in a world of trouble that's puzzling until the very last piece falls into place."-- O, the Oprah Magazine

"The ingenious plot evolves into myriad twists that are as believable as they are surprising [...] Sunburn delivers one of the year's most intriguing mysteries."--Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers

"A pacy, pithy modern take on the noir tradition...terrific entertainment."--Sunday Mirror

"A tantalising, ingeniuously constructed page-turner."--The Guardian

"For once the blurb doesn't over-promise. Lippman writes the best opening pages of any thriller so far this year."--Daily Mail (UK)

"Grips like the classic Hollywood black-and-white movie thrillers of the 1930s and 1940s. Sunburn unsettles from its first page."--The Times (London)