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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Laura Lippman returns with a superb novel of psychological suspense about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals - and cold-blooded murder.
One is playing a long game. But which one? 
They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays, and he stays - drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other - dangerous, even lethal secrets. 
Then someone dies. Was it an accident or part of a plan? By now Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other's lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away - or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them? 
Something - or someone - has to give. 
Which one will it be? 
Inspired by James M. Cain's masterpieces The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, and Mildred Pierce, Sunburn is a tantalizing modern noir from the incomparable Laura Lippman. 
©2018 Laura Lippman (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"Narrator Susan Bennett takes Lippman's irresistible setup and puts us in a flickering black-and-white world in which morality is iffy and sometimes being bad isn't so bad.... Bennett gives even supporting characters dimension, from Polly's mother-in-law to her ex- to her rival for Adam. With Lippman's strong, spare prose and suspenseful plot - including film noir references sprinkled throughout - and Bennett's solid delivery, this is noir listening at its finest." (AudioFile)  
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim N on 02-25-18

Outstanding Mystery

Complex characters, shifting perspectives and a heaping helping of pure tension keep this novel moving. At times, not only is it unclear to the reader just what is motivating the characters, the characters themselves seem unclear about just what they want. I found that entirely believable.

Laura Lippman acknowledges the clear influence of James M. Cain within the novel itself and with Sunburn, she's written a strong contribution of her own to noir fiction. Highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By C. Vincent on 02-25-18

Blew Me Away!

I love Laura Lippman; I have read/listened to, every book she's written and this may be her best. Where to start? The novel is written from multiple characters' viewpoints and it is done... I don't know where to go with this review without it sounded cliched. It is a stunning book. There are twists and turns and Lippman manages to keep the reader off-balance throughout this entrancing, intricately woven story. Polly (the main character) is fascinating, riveting, and a victim? victimizer? Domestic violence, murder, machinations and love are all tightly woven into this tour de force. Oh, and lest I forget, the narrator couldn't have been better. She consummately inhabited all the characters, but she IS Polly.

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