Laura Lippman achieved immediate success with her first novel, Baltimore Blues (1997), which was nominated for a Shamus Award for best first novel; the later books in the series have won every major award for mystery writing. Butcher’s Hill (1998) won an Anthony Award and an Agatha Award. Charm City (1997) won a Shamus Award and an Edgar and was nominated for an Anthony. In Big Trouble (1999) won a Shamus Award and an Anthony Award. The Sugar House (2000) won a Nero Award. Her nonseries suspense novel, Every Secret Thing (2003), won Barry and Anthony awards.
Lippman began publishing as a paperback original author, but since 2000 her novels have been released in hardback editions, and her reputation has grown accordingly. Her work is available overseas in Europe, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Lippman places herself in the middle range of American crime writers, no longer an obscure author with a strong regional following but not yet a household name with a string of best sellers. She is committed to advancing the genre of crime fiction and to discovering and encouraging new writers.
Lippman’s twenty years’ experience as a journalist and her intimate knowledge of state and local politics in Maryland and Baltimore contribute to the believability of her work. Both her series and her nonseries novels are known for their social realism. Her writing is informed by considerations of class, race, and gender but avoids any sense of shrillness, tokenism, or political correctness.