Laura Lippman’s Thrill Ride

I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman (Morrow) is the author’s 16th book, and her sixth stand-alone thriller – and it might just be her big breakout. Holds are three to one and higher at libraries we checked, for this tale of a woman who is contacted by the kidnapper – now on Death Row – who held her captive for weeks as a teenager.

Early book reviews are quite positive, like the one in the Kansas City Star (also syndicated to papers in the South), which calls the book

…a thrilling treatise on unreliable memories, on survivor guilt, emotional health and the intrusion of violence…. Eliza proves her resourcefulness and intelligence throughout the novel, even when reliving the horrific six weeks with Walter…. Lippman brings that same care to Walter, letting the reader see him as a man and as a monster.

I’d Know You Anywhere: A Novel
Laura Lippman
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow – (2010-08-17)
ISBN / EAN: 0061706558 / 9780061706554
  • CD available from HarperAudio 09/01/2010: $39.99; ISBN 9780061988486
  • Larger Print from Harperluxe  09/01/2010: $25.99; ISBN 978006197922

Other Notable Fiction On Sale Next Week

Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith (Simon & Schuster) is the seventh novel starring Russian detective Arkady Renko. The Seattle Times says,”Renko is a complex character, and — though this new book is less powerful than earlier tales — Three Stations delivers a satisfying punch.”

The Cobra by Frederick Forsyth (Putnam) is a political thriller about a president combatting the international cocaine trade with the weight of the entire federal goverment. Publishers Weekly says, “Forsyth lays out how it would all work, and readers will follow eagerly along, always thinking, yes, why don’t they do this in real life? The answer to that question lies at the heart of this forceful, suspenseful, intelligent novel.”

The Postcard Killers by James Patterson and Liza Marklund (Little, Brown) investigates the murders of young couples in several major European cities, in the bestselling author’s first collaboration with the Swedish writer. According to the Wall St. Journal, Marklund wrote a draft in Swedish, based on Patterson’s outline, which he edited after it was translated. The book didn’t do well when first released in Sweden.  We’ll see if it finds purchase in the U.S., where Patterson was no doubt eyeing the legions of Stieg Larsson fans.

Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger (Atria) follows a couple faced with sudden fame. Publishers Weekly was underwhelmed: “Weisberger has insightful takes about the price of success in our celebrity-obsessed culture, but Brooke and Julian hew too closely to type to make their struggles sympathetic.”

Crossfire by Dick Francis and Felix Francis (Penguin) is the final colloboration between father and son, in which an Army captain’s career must build a new life after his foot is blown off in Afghanistan. Booklist says, “The plot reads like classic Francis; the research parts presumably come from Felix, and they add a lot of weight to the saddle. The publisher hints that Felix may be carrying on his fathers legacy, but its doubtful anyone can. Enjoy this bequest.”

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