Laura Lippman was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1959, the daughter of Theo Lippman, Jr., a journalist, and Madeline Mabry Lippman, a librarian. Two years later, her family moved to Washington, D.C., when her father became a correspondent for the Atlanta Constitution. In 1965 her father accepted a position with The Sun, then the morning newspaper of Baltimore, and the family relocated again. Lippman attended Baltimore city schools through ninth grade and graduated from Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland, where she was captain of the It’s Academic team. After studying journalism at Northwestern University, she began a career as a reporter, working in Waco and San Antonio, Texas, before joining the Baltimore Evening Sun in 1989. When that paper was taken over by The Sun in 1991, she and her father became colleagues until his retirement a few years later.
While in her twenties, Lippman began writing fiction; she credits a workshop directed by the novelist Sandra Cisneros with encouraging her to pursue publishing her work. After abandoning several novels, Lippman completed Baltimore Blues in 1994; later that year, even though she had yet to secure an agent, she began writing her second novel in what would become the Tess Monaghan series. She completed seven novels in the series while continuing to work full time at the Baltimore Sun. Although her years as a journalist/novelist were highly...
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