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I'd Know You Anywhere

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by Laura Lippman

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“Laura Lippman is among the select group of novelists who have invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work.”
—George Pelecanos

“Lippman’s taut, mesmerizing, and exceptionally smart drama of predator and prey is at once unusually sensitive and utterly compelling.



“Laura Lippman is among the select group of novelists who have invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work.”
—George Pelecanos

“Lippman’s taut, mesmerizing, and exceptionally smart drama of predator and prey is at once unusually sensitive and utterly compelling.

Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of What the Dead Know, Life Sentences, and the acclaimed Tess Monaghan p.i. series, delivers a stunning stand-alone novel that explores the lasting effects on lives touched by crime. With I’d Know You Anywhere, Lippman—master of mystery and psychological suspense, winner of every major literary prize given for crime fiction, including the Edgar®, Agatha, and Nero Wolfe Awards—tells a gripping and richly textured tale of a young woman whose life dangerously entwines once again with a man on Death Row who had kidnapped her when she was a teenager. This is superior mystery writing in the vein of Kate Atkinson.

Editorial Reviews

If Washington, D.C. housewife Eliza Benedict sometimes seems preoccupied, it's easy to imagine why: As a teenager a quarter century ago, she was kidnapped by a serial rapist and murderer. That maniac is now sitting on death row and he is making one last macabre effort to reach out to her. Can she ignore it? And what will happen to her children if she does? Predator and prey; an intense mystery with which every parent can identify.
Publishers Weekly
Near the start of this outstanding novel of psychological suspense from Edgar-winner Lippman (Life Sentences), Eliza Benedict, a 38-year-old married mother of two living in suburban Maryland, receives a letter from Walter Bowman, the man who kidnapped her the summer she was 15 and is now on death row. The narrative shifts between the present and that long ago summer, when Eliza involuntarily became a part of Walter's endless road trip, including the fateful night when he picked up another teenage girl, Holly Tackett. Soon after Walter killed Holly, Eliza was rescued and taken home. Eliza must now balance a need for closure with a desire to protect herself emotionally. Walter wants something specific from her, but she has no idea what, and she's not sure that she wants to know. All the relationships, from the sometimes contentious one between Eliza and her sister, Vonnie, to the significantly stranger one between Walter and Barbara LaFortuny, an advocate for prisoners, provide depth and breadth to this absorbing story. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Eliza Benedict believed she'd put her adolescence behind her, especially the time she'd spent as a captive of Walter Bowman, until he contacts her from death row. Struggling in her relationship with her own teenage daughter and wrestling with memories of Holly Tackett, the girl who didn't get away from Walter, Eliza finds herself repeatedly coming back to the events of the last night of Holly's life. While she may no longer be his captive, Eliza is clearly anything but free. The mystery in Lippman's latest stand-alone, while still a strong element, takes a backseat to Eliza's story, set against the impending execution of Walter. The fast-paced narrative, with dynamic supporting characters and subplots that feel underused, races to a satisfying if somewhat abrupt conclusion. VERDICT Echoing Lippman's previous stand-alones, What the Dead Know and Life Sentences, this is a solid choice for mystery fans who enjoy a broader view of crime and its aftermath. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/10.]—Amy Brozio-Andrews, Albany P.L., NY
Patrick Anderson
I've read hundreds of thrillers in the past 10 years, and some have been excellent, but only a handful—thanks to their insights, their characterizations and the quality of their writing—could equal the best of today's literary fiction. Those few certainly include What the Dead Know and I'd Know You Anywhere. In both cases, Lippman began with a real crime and then used the magic of her imagination to produce novels that are not only hypnotic reading but serious meditations on the sorrows and dangers of this world. Some people would segregate Lippman as a crime or thriller writer. That's a shame. She's one of the best novelists around, period.
—The Washington Post
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“With the summer reading season coming to a close, don’t let I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE be the one that got away.”
USA Today
This is a story that grips you not with suspense but with its acute psychological autopsy of a survivor. Lippman’s knack for elucidating the horrors humans can inflict on one another through violence and manipulation — while telling a compelling story —is disarming and fascinating.-
O magazine
The popular mystery-series author’s latest stand-alone: a terrifying story about a death-row inmate obsessed with the only victim he left alive.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
I’d Know You Anywhere is a crime story, but it’s not a whodunit. Rather, it’s an exquisitely sensitive story about the psychological impact of crime on its victims. It’s a story about shame, about anger, about survivor’s guilt.
Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Laura Lippman is one of those uncommonly talented authors whose work continues to get better in every book she writes. I’d Know You Anywhere is a riveting psychological suspense novel.
Washington Post
“She’s one of the best novelists around, period.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Lippman deftly keeps the balls aloft with a strong structure — a straight-ahead chronology interrupted by surgical flashbacks — and evocative writing.”
Associated Press
“I’d Know You Anywhere” ranks with her very best.”
Seattle Times
“I’d Know You Anywhere” continues Laura Lippman’s extraordinary run of stand-alone novels (alternating with her lighter books about private eye Tess Monaghan). From its unsettling opening to its breathtaking conclusion, “Anywhere” exemplifies Lippman’s strengths: compassion, intense prose and deep empathy for the snares of ambiguous emotions.
San Diego Union-Tribune
“Lippman’s dedicated fans will find themselves well rewarded with I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE, an exceptional novel in every way, which is sure to gain her many new followers.”
Associated Press Staff
“I’d Know You Anywhere” ranks with her very best.”
O Magazine
The popular mystery-series author’s latest stand-alone: a terrifying story about a death-row inmate obsessed with the only victim he left alive.
Globe & Mail (Toronto)
Laura Lippman is one of those uncommonly talented authors whose work continues to get better in every book she writes. I’d Know You Anywhere is a riveting psychological suspense novel.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Meet the Author

Laura Lippman grew up in Baltimore and returned to her hometown in 1989 to work as a journalist. After writing seven books while still a full-time reporter, she left the Baltimore Sun to focus on fiction. The author of multiple New York Times bestsellers including What the Dead Know and Life Sentences, she has won numerous awards for her work, including the Edgar, Quill, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, Agatha, Gumshoe, Shamus, Barry, and Macavity.

Brief Biography

Baltimore, Maryland
Date of Birth:
January 31, 1959
Place of Birth:
Atlanta, Georgia
B.S., Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, 1981

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I'd Know You Anywhere 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 253 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Prepare to be mesmerized, totally enthralled, and left with your mind questioning the meaning of true justice. Laura Lippman, author of the acclaimed Tess Monaghan series and last year's best selling Life Sentences, shows her mettle as a writer of intense, character driven, psychological dramas with the superb I'D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE. This is a story that will linger with you long after you've read the last page or heard the last word. Eliza Benedict is a seemingly unflappable mother of two living in suburban Maryland with her husband, Peter, and two children. The eldest is Isobel who has chosen to be called "Iso," although her father thinks it should be "Izzo" or people will see it as short for "isotope." She's a difficult teenager seeming to dislike everything since the family's return to America after six years in England. The Benedict son, 8-year-old Albie, is an affable child often plagued by nightmares. All seems relatively normal in the household until the day a letter arrives - a "real letter" as Iso calls it addressed to "Elizabeth," the name she used "before" as Eliza now terms it. The "before" refers to before she was kidnapped the summer she was 15 by Walter Bowman, held captive for almost six weeks and then raped before miraculously finding herself free. The letter is from Bowman who is now on Death Row for killing another young girl and suspected of killing more. He wants to talk to Elizabeth as he still calls her. Eliza has successfully managed to compartmentalize what happened to her that long ago summer. Peter knows about most of it, and the children know nothing. She believed that she had kept herself hidden from anyone connected with that event - from the unscrupulous writer who had penned a tacky version of her time with Bowman, from the press who might like to revive the story now that Bowman's execution date is nearing, and from Bowman himself. She fears not only for herself but for her family, yet she also finds that she unable to totally escape from the control Bowman once held over her. Why did he let her live while the other girls died? Did she owe him anything? Does she owe a debt to the families of the other victims? Eliza answers his letter hoping that will be the end of it, but he asks for a phone call. He knows what strings to pull just as she recognizes the terrifying sociopath he is and the man he believes himself to be. Alternating between past and present Lippman's story is scrupulously plotted as she details the affect the kidnappings have had not only on the victims and their families, but on others as well. These characters are clearly drawn, not only physically but psychologically as the story builds to a surprising denouement. Highly recommended. - Gail Cooke
Retired_Book_Lover More than 1 year ago
This book is not what I would consider an easy, cozy read, but it is worth the time it takes to finish it. It contrasts three women, all of whose lives have been significantly impacted by one man - a man on death row for crimes against young women. I can't honestly say I liked any of the women, and usually that is the end of a novel for me - but in this case there was enough good in one of them to keep me reading, and enough situational sympathy for another that I found myself wondering if under the same circumstances I might not become very like her. The book surprised me in the end, and made me think about life and circumstances in ways I haven't before. For that alone it was worth reading. This isn't a quick beach read, but it's a good book for autumn and winter, with a cup of tea, a cozy fire, and time for thought and introspection.
HEDI09 More than 1 year ago
As a teenager, Elizabeth was kidnapped by a man who was later convicted of killing another young woman and sent to death row. Elizabeth returns to her family, who move to a different area in Maryland and she resumes her teenage life. She changes her name to Eliza and goes on with her life, gets through college and marries a good man, Peter Benedict. As Eliza Benedict, she has two children and a happy, if serene, life as wife and mother. Twenty-five years pass from the crimes of 1985 and by 2008 Bowman, the kidnapper, has reached the end of his appeals and his date with death approaches. Eliza receives a letter from Bowman as the result of Eliza's photograph appearing in the society section of a local magazine that Walter read in prison...Exciting, intriguing reading!
TiBookChatter More than 1 year ago
This book is part mystery and part psychological thriller and although mystery is not my thing, the psychological thriller part is. I'm fascinated by the human mind and the complexity of human relationships. The relationship between Eliza(beth) and Walter is disturbing at times. Lippman manages to create sympathy where no sympathy should exist. Walter is a serial killer, but there are times when I understood where he was coming from. As disturbing as this is for me to admit, it helped me understand Eliza(beth) and why she would even consider having a conversation with this man after what he did to her. The mechanics of control and the lack thereof are big here. Walter can read Eliza(beth) pretty well. He also knows how to push her buttons and as much as Eliza(beth) wants to, she cannot put him completely out of her life. She has her own demons to battle and as the lone survivor, she is often misunderstood by the other victim's parents. Mainly because she never tried to escape, and she failed to save Walter's last victim even though she was in a position to do so. In addition to the main characters, Lippman introduces us to Barbara, the friend on the outside who is determined to save Walter from death row. Let me tell you, Barbara is a piece of work. Well-to-do but rude as hell and full of herself. I did not like her at all and although she too, was a victim of violence, I felt nothing for her but contempt. The inclusion of such a character is interesting because it just goes to show you that there are all kinds of people out there and just knowing this puts you in a vulnerable position. This was my first experience with Lippman's writing and although I felt that the characters were emotionally reserved in places, I can see myself picking up another Lippman book in the future. Also, it should be noted that the violence depicted in this novel is not written with great detail. You are given just enough to know what happened, the rest is left up to your imagination.
AngelGirlWA More than 1 year ago
A death row serial killer reaching out to his one living victim after 20 years is kind of a stretch; especially since the victim agrees to see him. She even talks to him frequently on the phone! He sees her as a way to stop his execution. The main character, Elisabeth/Eliza, has a husband to die for but he's not believeable either -- nobody's that good. Setting all that aside, it's a good read but certainly has its flaws. The killer is very well done.
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They are not killing each other really cry fighting which is crying and fighting. It is pathetc. Also smaug is there too so things could get ugly.
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Was initially excited to read but was disappointed. Too much inconsequential meaningless chatter. I do not like not finishing a book, but could not get beyond Part 2. Kept waiting to get to the suspense. Too boring to read. Will hesitate before reading this author again.
ColaLynn7 More than 1 year ago
I found this novel in the bargin bin at the beginning of summer. I was looking for something different to read on a long road trip. The story seemed to be a good one. I was hooked from the beginning, and hated having to put it down for real life. However, I was very disappointed in the ending, it was not what I was expecting to happen. 
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WriterOfMD More than 1 year ago
I guess that the "Tess Monaghan" series spoiled me because I am having a great deal of trouble wading through this book. I keep going back to it and read more, but it doesn't take long before I set it aside for something else. It is not exactly the Laura Lippman style that I am used to. Sorry Laura! I really love your style, but this really doesn't even sound like you.
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The idea was good for this.bok but the book was hard for.me to read. There were times when i jist wanted to norlt read it. It got very boring in some parts and i would literally fall asleep. All in all not one of my favorites and alot of it cpuld have been edited out and the book would have still made sense
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This is the first book I have read by Laura Lippman. I am from Baltimore and it was enjoyable reading a book where the setting is my hometown. Aside from the interesting locale, the book was a quick read and kept my interest. Definitely good enough for me to want to read her other novels.
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