Laura Lippman is back with another can't-put-down thriller. Thank goodness! The best yet from this award winning author Sunburn is a dark noir tale, a wonderful novel powered by psychological suspense that grabs readers from the opening sentence and doesn't let go until the startling finish.
Set in the small town of Belleville, Delaware a pair of lovers to be meet at the High-Ho, a bar/restaurant. She (Polly) is an attractive redhead with a bad sunburn "pink, peeling." He (Adam) is tall, strong, good-looking ("a Ken doll kind of guy.") Each has secrets that cannot be shared. Yet they are inexorably drawn to each other and soon are having an affair.
Polly takes a job as waitress at the High-Ho and carefully hoards her tips. Adam soon becomes the chef and much to everyone's surprise prepares outstanding dishes that brings in customers. This seemingly peaceful
arrangement is soon interrupted by a fire that consumes Polly's apartment and takes the life of Cath, a High-Ho waitress who had eyes for Alan. Was this an accident or murder?
Adam and Polly continue their affair, apparently devoted but each still holding secrets from the other. What if they were both completely honest - would that strengthen their love or cost them their lives?
As is her wont Laura Lippman is a thorough researcher corroborating facts when insurance is involved and double checking streets in Delaware. But even more outstanding than her accuracy is her keen observance of human nature. She more than deserves every major mystery prize she has won. Sunburn is one more feather in her cap.