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Sunburn by Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman can write. She has a style that pulls you in and keeps pulling you forward all the way to the end. In Sunburn, her prodigious talent is on full display. Sunburn is the story of Polly. Polly needs a fresh start so she walks away from a Delaware beach leaving her husband and young daughter behind. She winds up in the small town of Belleville where a stop at a local bar turns into a summer job. Polly is intent on heading west as soon as she saves up a little money. Then Adam walks in. He’s also passing through when he decides to stay for a while. The attraction between him and Polly is instant and magnetic. The affair between them is intense. But Polly and Adam are both holding onto secrets. Secrets that slowly unspool. When somebody dies, questions arise. Was it an accident? Or is something more sinister at work.

Sunburn is a very modern take on noir. The characters practically sizzle on the page. Lippman gives you characters that you know you can’t trust, that you know ar…

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