An African-American man accused of rape by a humiliated girl. Â A vengeful father. Â A courageous attorney. Â A worshipful daughter. Â Think you know this story? Â Think again.Â
Laura Lippman, the âextravagantly giftedâ (Chicago Tribune)Â New York TimesÂ bestselling author, delivers âone of her best novels â (Washington Post)âa modern twist on To Kill a Mockingbird.Â Scott Turow writes in the New York Times,Â âWilde Lake is a real success.â
Luisa âLuâ Brant is the newly elected stateâs attorney representing suburban Marylandâincluding the famous planned community of Columbia, created to be a utopia of racial and economic equality. Prosecuting a controversial case involving a disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death, the fiercely ambitious Lu is determined to avoid the traps that have destroyed other competitive, successful women. Sheâs going to play it smart to win this caseâand win bigâcementing her political future.Â
But her intensive preparation for trial unexpectedly dredges up painful recollections of another crimeâthe night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another manâs life. Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Justice was done. Or was it? Did the events of 1980 happen as she remembers them? She was only a child then. What details didnât she know?Â
As she plunges deeper into the past, Lu is forced to face a troubling reality. The legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers. But what happens when she realizes that, for the first time, she doesnât want to know the whole truth?
About: The New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed standalones After I’m Gone, I’d Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know, challenges our notions of memory, loyalty, responsibility, and justice in this evocative and psychologically complex story about a long-ago death that still haunts a family.
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