Laura Lippman grew up in Baltimore and returned to her home town in 1989 to work as a journalist. After writing seven books while still a full-time reporter, she left the Baltimore Sun to focus on fiction. She is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including What the Dead Know and Another Thing to Fall. Her latest novel is entitled After I'm Gone. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Edgar, Quill, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, Agatha, Gumshoe, Barry, and Macavity. Her bestselling series, Tess Monaghan, is popular around the globe.