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Laura Lippman: That Other Baltimore Crime Writer


| Image by Sam Holden

As the

Sun

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's Baltimore Crime Beat blog noted Sept. 19, Baltimore crime is

, thanks to the final season of

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The Wire

recently concluding its British TV run on FX. In fact, it's been great fun to watch the

on the

much as American bloggers and critics did weekly through its HBO run earlier this year.

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And, as Andy Green observes in his

Sun

post, it caps a flurry of U.K. activity for David Simon, including the U.K. reissue of his

Homicide: Life on the Killing Streets

and the HBO announcement that he and former

Homicide

TV show writer Tom Fontana will be co-writing the miniseries

Manhunt

, about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Right on.

Back in Baltimore, though, another hometown scribe and

Sun

alumnus is making waves of her own. We've got the sneaking suspicion that

is about to blow up. Her excellent 2007

What the Dead Know

became a breakout book for the local crime author, and 2008 is witnessing her hitting hot streak continue.

Another Thing to Fall

, her 10th Tess Monahan novel, came out in May. Her short-story collection

comes out Oct. 7. Her

The Girl in the Green Raincoat

is currently

in the

New York Times Magazine

. And her next standalone novel,

Life Sentences

, is due out in early 2009. And, yes, I got winded just

typing

all that out, much less writing at such a prolific streak.

And in a little more than two weeks, Lippman will be the American Guest of Honor at

, the long-running mystery and detective fiction festival invading Baltimore Oct. 9-12. Loads of writers will be coming to town--including the devilishly wicked

and Dublin's Declan Hughes--making Baltimore quite literally the world's crime-fiction hot spot for a weekend.

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