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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.
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By Jim N on 02-25-18
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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By Anne on 02-22-18
Excellent noir novel
What did you like best about this story?
Love the way Lippman both draws on and updates noir tropes in this novel. Sunburn is as compelling as any classic noir tale, but Lippman opens the story up by relaying events from the perspective of different characters, which added depth and texture to the story. (Some of the characters who appeared very briefly in the book were interesting enough that I'd love to see them re-appear in one of Lippman's future books, like the lesbian detective)
I've been reading Lippman for years, and have enjoyed all of her other books, but this one is my favorite.
Which scene was your favorite?
When Polly arrives at Adam's motel room in the middle of the night
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
It's so much harder to find a good audiobook rather than just something to read. Bad narration makes it difficult to enjoy a good novel. Even mediocre narration, or a narrator who does an OK job but is a bad fit for the material, can create a disappointing listening experience. Fortunately, the narration of this novel works perfectly.
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