The Most Dangerous Thing

The Most Dangerous Thing

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"One of the best novelists around, period."
--Washington Post

"Lippman has enriched literature as a whole.
--Chicago Sun-Times

One of the most acclaimed novelists in America today, Laura Lippman has greatly expanded the boundaries of mystery fiction and psychological suspense with her Tess Monaghan p.i. series and her New York Times bestselling standalone novels (What the Dead Know, Life Sentences, I'd Know You Anywhere, etc.). With The Most Dangerous Thing, the multiple award winning author--recipient of the Anthony, Edgar#65533;, Shamus, and Agatha Awards, to name but a few--once again demonstrates how storytelling is done to perfection. Set once again in the well-wrought environs of Lippman's beloved Baltimore, it is the shadowy tale of a group of onetime friends forced to confront a dark past they've each tried to bury following the death of one of their number. Rich in the compassion and insight into flawed human nature that has become a Lippman trademark while telling an absolutely gripping story, The Most Dangerous Thing will not be confined by genre restrictions, reaching out instead to captive a wide, diverse audience, from Harlan Coben and Kate Atkinson fans to readers of Jodi Picoult and Kathryn Stockett.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2011.
ISBN: 9780061706516
Characteristics: 344 p. ;,24 cm.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 04, 2017

Fair warning, this book contains a lot of content that may make people uncomfortable, such as issues with depression and the protagonist's struggle with it. To her, she describes it as a heavy darkness that takes over her being and brings sorrow, which I feel could give readers mixed messages. But with this, she is just swimming along and trying to identify the feelings she has. I would advise readers to be at least 15 and comfortable with reading about mental health, or maybe not so aware of it but then become aware of what people go through after reading it. It took a bit for me to get into, but it really is beautifully written.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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RandomPainterGirl
Aug 05, 2015

While not a thriller, hardly a mystery, and shamefully predictable, the story advances quickly and the writing keeps the reader held, if not enthralled. Save for the last chapter or two, which read hasty and utter garbage, I was unconsciously forgiving the few problematic undertones, sparse through the book. It is only until the end of the book, a mere twenty pages away from the end, where the verge of a rape apologist is tipped over into pure and utter garbage. This book is disgusting. Lippman is gross. This made me feel gross. I can't believe this was part of the library's "best of" recommendations.

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LauraSteinert
Oct 21, 2014

Someone dies in the first chapter; nothing happens until page 178 when Tess shows up for no reason at all, then a few chapters later, the book ends with a predictable ending. This book is ONLY for people who find "Portrait of a Lady" endlessly fascinating, and want to look deeply into the inner workings of unhappy people who do not like themselves and the people they choose to surround themselves. There nothing fun, exciting, or interesting happening here. This is Lippman's second book in which she struggles to create unlikable, boring people, who feel sorry for themselves and justify their behavior as someone else's fault.

mrsgail5756 Dec 13, 2011

B+ book!!!!!

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Roundcat
Oct 10, 2011

The character development is part of the plot. Tess Monaghan and her new baby appear as a fleeting, but integral part of the unraveling of the solution--a clever method of moving her life forward as well. Even the cover reflects the kaleidoscopic way that each persons' viewpoint shapes the story as Lippman shifts back and forth in time. I think I could read this several times and find greater depth in it each time.

debwalker Aug 16, 2011

Follows a circle of Baltimore friends who harbor a deadly secret.

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