** Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

The Lady in the Lake is a dead woman, but the story is not about her, but rather about the journalist who, recently separated from her husband and the life of a wealthy Jewish matron, is trying to make a name for herself while pursuing a secret affair with an African-American police officer and taking some liberties with the truth.

The story progresses through chapters written from different characters’ perspectives, including a waitress, a murderous pet-store owner, and a baseball player. Good idea, although a little tiresome over the long run. The story does seem a little over-designed to meet today’s tastes for liberated women (it’s set in the late sixties), and the ending felt entirely too contrived for my taste, but it is enjoyable most of the way through.


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