It’s difficult to recall exactly when the idea behind STALKERS first came to mind. It was quite a few years ago now – I recall that much. I’m pretty sure I was having a brain-storming session at the time, taking my dog for a walk with Dictaphone in hand, trying to come up with as many high concepts as possible – either for story, novel or script.
When STALKERS first jumped into my head, I remember being quite shaken because it was so grotesque a notion that I couldn’t see it working outside the horror genre, and even then it might have been deemed gratuitous. However, the more I thought about it, the more I began to see how it could also fit into a police thriller context – that way it could be more about the investigation than the crimes themselves.
A couple of lucky members from the Killer Reads team spent a great day recently with Charles Cumming and Dominic West, star (and heartthrob) from The Wire. Dom had been asked to help with our promotion of the fantastic new thriller The Trinity Six (publishing in Feb 2011).
We couldn’t believe our luck when unforeseen pneumatic drill action forced us from our original location into Dom’s own home. Team KR arrived sometime after the morning’s pneumatic events and armed with 10 pain au chocolat patiently sat and watched Dominic read from Charles Cumming’s new novel. He definitely sounded the part and gave us great hope that one day he may be persuaded to play Gaddis if a blockbuster movie is ever made….fingers crossed, fingers crossed, fingers crossed…
Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association.
Laura grew up in Baltimore and attended city schools through ninth grade. After graduating from Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md., Ms. Lippman attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her other newspaper jobs included the Waco Tribune-Herald and the San Antonio Light.
Laura returned to Baltimore in 1989 and has lived there since. She is the daughter of Theo Lippman Jr., a Sun editorial writer who retired in 1995 but continues to freelance for several newspapers, and Madeline Mabry Lippman, a former Baltimore City school librarian. Her sister, Susan, is a local bookseller and her husband is David Simon who created hit TV series The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street.
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Here are a selection of Laura’s titles. Click on the jacket for more information.