The multi-award-winning mystery and psychological-suspense writer is a former Baltimore Sun journalist who traded her daily 9-to-5 job to become a novelist.
Lippman's new title is "And When She Was Good." In it, a suburban soccer mom leads a double life as the owner of an escort service. Her past catches up with her, and murderous evil comes knocking. The book received a starred review in Publishers Weekly magazine.
This is Lippman's seventh stand-alone novel, though the reading public identifies her more readily with the 11-title Tess Monaghan series. That character is a former reporter who becomes a "reluctant P.I." with the closure of her newspaper, the fictional Baltimore Star. Monaghan made her debut in 1996's "Baltimore Blues."
Lippman will give a presentation, answer questions and autograph books at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St., Sacramento. The event is free.
Barnes & Noble will be there to sell "And When She Was Good" for 30 percent off the retail price (William Morrow, $26.99, 314 pages).
Other books by Lippman also will be available. Visit her at www.lauralippman.net.
Through Thursday, these stores will offer a 30 percent discount on the title: Barnes & Noble, Avid Reader at the Tower in Sacramento, Avid Reader in Davis, Time Tested Books, Underground Books, Carol's Books, Hornet Bookstore at California State University, Sacramento, the UC Davis Bookstore and the Bookseller in Grass Valley.
For information about the Bee Book Club: (916) 321-1128.