• Un beau brun fait escale dans le bar d'un minuscule bled du Delaware. Il est aussitôt séduit par une rousse dont le corps incendiaire contraste avec l'attitude glaciale. Les deux héros, surgis d'on ne sait où, s'attirent et se repoussent comme deux aimants. Pourquoi jouent-ils ainsi au chat et à la souris, sous l'oeil placide de deux habitués du bar et le regard jaloux de la serveuse ? Avec ce vingt-troisième roman, Laura Lippman reprend des marqueurs du noir classique (l'inconnue sexy qui débarque en ville, le privé bien de sa personne, la fraude à l'assurance, le sexe torride et l'été meurtrier) dans une intrigue résolument moderne. Elle signe un thriller ramassé et inlâchable. 
     
     

  • Mauvaise compagnie

    Laura Lippman

    Deux fillettes rentrent chez elles par une chaude après-midi de juillet à Baltimore. Dans une rue qu'elles n'auraient pas dû emprunter, elles trouvent un bébé abandonné dans un landau. La gentille Alice Manning et Ronnie Fuller, la tête brûlée, sont pleines de bonnes intentions. Elles veulent juste aider ce bébé et faire une bonne action... Mais la situation prend un tour dramatique et la vie de trois familles s'en trouve bouleversée à jamais. Sept ans plus tard, Alice et Ronnie rentrent chez elles, séparément cette fois. Leur amitié n'est plus qu'un lointain souvenir, mais leur secret les lie à jamais. Alors qu'elles tentent de tourner le dos à leur sombre passé, un enfant disparaît, dans des circonstances si troublantes qu'elles désignent tout de suite Alice et Ronnie comme coupables. Déterminée à retrouver l'enfant disparu et à faire éclater la vérité au grand jour, le détective Nancy Porter, qui avait déjà résolu la première disparition, prend l'affaire à coeur. Mais il ne faut jamais se fier aux apparences, car dans ce monde, l'innocence n'existe plus, pas même chez les enfants.

  • Corps coupable

    Laura Lippman

    Pour ses voisins de Turner's Grove, charmante banlieue bourgeoise de Baltimore, Héloïse Lewis est juste une jeune femme dynamique et méritante. Veuve avant même la naissance de son enfant, elle est devenue l'une des lobbystes les plus efficaces de l'état tout en réussissant à être une mère attentive, présente aux réunions de parents d'élèves et aux matchs de foot de son fils . Mais pour certains hommes riches et discrets, elle est aussi celle qui peut leur fournir toutes les « accompagnatrices » qu'ils veulent pour la nuit.  Un jour pourtant, les cloisons étanches qui séparent ses deux vies sont prêtes à tomber. L'une de ses « employées » a décidé de la faire chanter tandis qu'une autre « femme d'affaires » est retrouvée assassinée. Sur le lieu du crime, certains indices pourraient intriguent les enquêteurs : ils les mèneraient tout droit vers un dangereux criminel, aujourd'hui incarcéré mais qu'Héloïse a bien connu... Sans diplôme, sans famille et sans amis, Héloïse doit trouver une solution. De toute urgence.

  • In the comfortable suburb where she lives, Heloise is just a mom, the youngish widow with a forgettable job who somehow never misses her son's soccer games or school plays. But in discrete hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams - if you can afford her hourly fee.For more than a decade, Heloise has believed her unorthodox life to be a safe one; rigidly compartmentalized, maintaining no real friendships and trusting very few people. But now this secret life is under siege. Her once oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions about her business. Her longtime protector is hinting at new, mysterious dangers. Her employees can no longer be trusted. Her ex, the one who doesn't know he's the father of her son, is appealing his life sentence. And, one county over, another so-called 'suburban madam' has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide...Can Heloise stay alive long enough to remake her life again, and save her son? Can she really expect to leave everything else behind?

  • A writer discovers the truth about her past in this haunting and multi-layered thriller from the multi-award-winning New York Times bestseller.

  • "La jolie Gwen, sa voisine Mickey et les trois frères Halloran, Tim, Gordon et Sean. Cinq enfants, les meilleurs amis du monde à la fin des années soixante-dix à Dickeyville, une petite banlieue pavillonnaire de Baltimore. Après l´école, ils allaient jouer dans les bois, derrière Leakin Park, là où les parents ne vous embêtent pas et où l´on se sent vraiment libre. Mais là aussi où parfois, on fait des rencontres. Des rencontres qu´on aurait préféré ne jamais faire. Trente ans plus tard, Gordon vient de se tuer au volant de sa voiture. Les quatre autres se retrouvent pour la première fois après toutes ces années. Ce qui s´est passé cette nuit-là, ils n´ont jamais pu en parler. Ils n´ont pu que se séparer, s´enfuir au plus loin les uns des autres. Mais maintenant, la mort est là. Et le secret qu´ils ont enfermé dans un coin sombre de leurs mémoires pourrait bien revenir. Pour tout détruire... La jolie Gwen, sa voisine Mickey et les trois frères Halloran, Tim, Gordon et Sean. Cinq enfants, les meilleurs amis du monde à la fin des années soixante-dix à Dickeyville, une petite banlieue pavillonnaire de Baltimore. Après l´école, ils allaient jouer dans les bois, derrière Leakin Park, là où les parents ne vous embêtent pas et où l´on se sent vraiment libre. Mais là aussi où parfois, on fait des rencontres. Des rencontres qu´on aurait préféré ne jamais faire. Trente ans plus tard, Gordon vient de se tuer au volant de sa voiture. Les quatre autres se retrouvent pour la première fois après toutes ces années. Ce qui s´est passé cette nuit-là, ils n´ont jamais pu en parler. Ils n´ont pu que se séparer, s´enfuir au plus loin les uns des autres. Mais maintenant, la mort est là. Et le secret qu´ils ont enfermé dans un coin sombre de leurs mémoires pourrait bien revenir. Pour tout détruire... "

  • Josie, Kat et Perri sont inséparables. Depuis ce serment qu´elles ont prêté et qui a marqué toutes leurs années à Glendale, la banlieue bourgeoise de Baltimore. Elles sont toujours restées fidèles à ce pacte indestructible qui a fait d´elles le trio le plus célèbre du lycée: l´actrice rebelle, la gymnaste et la beauté généreuse. Désormais, ce sont trois jeunes femmes, prêtes à se lancer dans la grande aventure de l´université et de la liberté.
    Pourtant, en ce dernier jour de classe, des coups de feu éclatent au lycée. Et quand la police force la porte des toilettes, Perri et Josie baignent dans leur sang tandis que Kat est étendue plus loin, morte d´une balle en pleine poitrine.  Que s´est-il passé pour qu´une telle amitié bascule ainsi dans l´horreur ? Est-ce que Josie, la moins gravement touchée, dit vraiment la vérité aux policiers ? Et n´y avait-il vraiment que trois personnes dans ces toilettes ? Le doute et la suspicion s´immiscent lentement dans les esprits et remettent tout en cause, jusqu´aux plus belles promesses du passé.

  • Eliza Benedict mène une existence heureuse dans sa belle maison de la banlieue de Washington. Elle est une jeune mère proche et attentive pour ses enfants Izobel et Albie. Pourtant, lorsqu´Albie lui apporte un matin la lettre qu´il vient de trouver sous la porte, elle sait bien qu´elle ne leur a pas tout dit. Car cette lettre lui est adressée par Walter Bowman, un homme qui l´a kidnappée quand elle avait quinze ans, un prédateur qui avait déjà tué au moins une autre femme au moment où il a croisé son chemin.
    Aujourd´hui condamné à mort pour les meurtres d´autres jeunes filles, il attend son exécution dans le couloir de la mort d´une prison de la côte Est. Mais avant de mourir, il veut parler à Eliza. Il est prêt à tout pour la voir, il dit qu´il a des révélations à lui faire. Ecartelée entre son désir de protéger à tout prix sa nouvelle vie et sa volonté de savoir enfin pourquoi elle a été la seule fille que Walter ait relâchée, Eliza va devoir affronter ses souvenirs. Même ceux qui dissimulent peut-être une vérité qu´elle n´aurait jamais voulu connaître...

    Laura Lippman vit à Baltimore. Elle est l´auteur de quinze romans, traduits dans le monde entier dont Petite musique de meurtre (Point Seuil, 2005) et Ce que savent les morts (Seuil, 2009).
    Tes dernières volontés a été finaliste du Edgar Award, le plus prestigieux prix de littérature policière aux Etats-Unis.

  • When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette 'Bambi' Gottschalk at a Valentine's Dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative if not always legal businesses, she and their three ­little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi's world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes.Though Bambi has no idea where her husband - or his money - might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie. When Julie herself disappears ten years to the day that Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she's left to join her ­old lover - until her remains are found in a secluded wooded park.Now, twenty-six years after Julie went missing, Roberto 'Sandy' Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web of bitterness, jealously, resentment and greed stretching over the three decades and three generations that connect these five very different women. And at the center of every woman's story is the man who, though long gone, has never been forgotten: the enigmatic Felix Brewer.Somewhere between the secrets and lies connecting past and present, Sandy could find the explosive truth...

  • Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her sign as a private investigator for hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it's not the greatest address in Baltimore, but you've got to start somewhere. Then in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalising his car. Just out of prison, he wants to make reparations to the kids who witnessed his crime, so he needs Tess to find them. But once she starts snooping, the witnesses start dying. Is the 'Butcher of Butchers Hill' at it again? Like it or not, Tess is embroiled in a case that encompasses the powers-that-be, a heartless system that has destroyed the lives of children, and a nasty trail of money and lies leading all the way back to Butchers Hill.

  • Anglais Charm City

    Lippman Laura

    As a practised reporter until her newspaper went to that great pressroom in the sky, PI Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular local sport. Business tycoon 'Wink' Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball back to town, and everybody's rooting for him - until a devastating, muckraking exposé of his lurid past appears on the front page of the BALTIMORE BEACON-LIGHT. It's a surprise even to the newspaper's editors, who thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who's found in his garage with the car running. Tess is hired to find the unknown computer hacker who planted the lethal story - but it doesn't take long for her to discover deeper, darker secrets...

  • Until her newspaper, The Baltimore Star, crashed, Tess Monaghan was a first-rate reporter who knew her home town intimately - from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill. Now gainfully unemployed at 29 she's willing to do any freelance job to pay the rent - including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy Darryl 'Rock' Paxton. In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the lawyer's notoriety, and his trysts with Rock's fiancée, make the case front page news - and make Rock the chief suspect ...

  • Anglais Hush Hush

    Lippman Laura

    No one is quite who he or she seems. Hush Hush is the story of Melisandre - rich, beautiful, possibly insane - who has to live with the knowledge of a devastating event in her past. She has not seen her two daughters, now aged fifteen and seventeen, in the ten years since the notorious family tragedy. And her husband has moved on, married now to his personal trainer, and seemingly happy.As Melisandre returns to Baltimore from South Africa, however, there are suddenly more mysterious deaths. And quite what did happen all that time ago has never been clear - what role had each of the members of this unhappy family played? And is anyone telling the truth? Tess Monaghan, now the mother of a young girl herself, makes a return as the investigator who gets snared in the case. A hugely powerful and emotive novel about parents and children - about destructive parents who think they love their children and good parents whose children are the centre of their lives - it is also a superbly plotted mystery novel, one which will keep you hooked until the very final page.

  • Meet Tess Monaghan - ex-Baltimore Star reporter and accidental PI - as she investigates cases of murder, corruption and injustice in Charm City . . . Three red roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac have been left on the grave of Edgar Allan Poe every 19th of January for the past fifty years. Baltimore P. I. Tess Monaghan takes on the strangest case of her career when a man approaches her asking her to find out who is behind the ritual. On 19th January, as she watches Poe's grave, two cloaked figures appear, there is a gunshot, and one is killed. Who was the mysterious client who has given her a fake name, and how does an old friend from Tess's past fit into the case? Only Tess can get to the truth, but as things get more complicated can she solve it in time? 'A plot worthy of Poe himself. Splendid entertainment.' Guardian

  • Tess Monaghan's life is back on course. She is beginning to make a name for herself as a PI, she's even banking good money. And then her father asks her a favour: to investigate the death in prison of a friend's brother convicted of killing an unidentified girl, otherwise known as "Jane Doe". Tess's search leads her to "the Sugar House", a brutal institution where she discovers Jane Doe's real identity. And then Tess's father begs her to drop the case . . . It is not until her parents' house is set on fire and a body pulled from the wreckage, that she realises that her life may have taken a very wrong turning indeed - one from which there is no going back...

  • Meet Tess Monaghan - ex-Baltimore Star reporter and accidental PI - as she investigates cases of murder, corruption and injustice in Charm City . . . What would you do if the man you'd loved and lost was suddenly on the front page of the newspaper under the heading: IN BIG TROUBLE? If you're Tess Monaghan, P. I., then you go searching for answers, even if they reopen painful wounds and could lead you into the path of a deadly killer. 'Tess is a heroine with a nose for what she is not being told, and she is never content with half the story. These Baltimore novels are effective thrillers, because they are stories about wanting to know what happens next.' Times Literary Supplement

  • Private Investigator Tess Monaghan knows all about the darker side of human nature, not least from her days as a reporter. But she never expected to be on the receiving end of a court sentence to attend six months' counselling for Anger Management. Tess starts the counselling - but then her attention turns to a series of unsolved homicides. They appear to be overlooked cases of domestic violence. But the more Tess investigates, the more she is convinced that there is just one culprit. The Maryland State Police are sure that the serial killer Tess is now looking for is dead. So he can't be a threat. Can he? But he is very much alive and has found another victim to stalk: Tess.

  • Meet Tess Monaghan - ex-Baltimore Star reporter and accidental PI - as she investigates cases of murder, corruption and injustice in Charm City . . . P. I. Tess Monaghan breaks her 'no domestic disputes' rule when she takes on the case of Natalie Rubin, a middle-class wife and mother of three, who has vanished without trace and taken her young children with her. Her husband, Mark, is devastated - he thought they were happy - but Tess is left uneasy by his evident desire to control his wife. Was that the reason that she fled? In her search for Natalie and her children, Tess uncovers explosive secrets that the family has been hiding and the question remains, how far would they go to keep their secrets hidden forever? '[A] cracking good read.' Sunday Independent 'Curl up with this gripping thriller.' Woman's Own

  • It is early evening, summer time and hot. Two eleven-year-old girls, Alice and Ronnie, are on their way home from a swimming party when they happen to see a baby's stroller, with baby girl sleeping inside, left unattended on the top step of a house. Ronnie says to Alice: 'We have to take care of this baby.' But what exactly does she mean? Four days later the body of little Olivia Barnes is discovered in a hut in Baltimore's rambling Leakin Park by a young rookie detective, Nancy Porter. What can have happened in those four days to bring about this appalling crime? The girls are arrested and found guilty. Seven years later Ronnie and Alice, now eighteen, are released from their separate prisons, back into their old neighbourhood where the mother of baby Olivia still lives. Another child goes missing, and Nancy Porter and her partner get the case ...

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