What the Dead Know - Laura Lippman

What the Dead Know

By Laura Lippman

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 224 Ratings


The New York Times bestselling author returns to the compelling terrain of Every Secret Thing and To the Power of Three with this indelible story of crime and vengeance in which the past becomes all-too-present.

When he’s called to the scene of an accident detective Kevin Infante is drawn into a shocking and puzzling crime that still haunts the Baltimore P.D. Twenty years ago, two little girls were kidnapped from a shopping mall, igniting fear and anger throughout the city. 

Now, a clearly disoriented woman involved in the accident claims to be one of the missing girls. But instead of closing the case, her appearance marks the beginning of a nightmare that will once again rock Baltimore and threaten everyone it touches. The woman claims one of Baltimore’s beloved cops snatched her and her sister. Is it the truth-or the ravings of a damaged mind? There isn’t a shred of evidence to support her story: The cop is dead and her parents can’t verify the woman is even their daughter, for both girls were adopted and do not share their DNA. And who is the body in the unmarked grave the girl reveals? 

With the department’s reputation, a dead man’s honor, and his own badge on the line, Infante must go back to a past he barely knows to find answers—and maybe even justice—once and for all.


  • Not Bad

    By Lenox252
    This book was pretty good. Interesting storyline & twists. Way too much detail to the characters, and some characters could have been left out. I was able to skim through much of the un-needed wording & still follow the story.
  • Wowza

    By Tarajon
    This book was way more amazing than I had expected!
  • Good, but excess detail

    By Pink Amy
    The book could have been great, but the writer devoted chapters of background info on minor characters that just didn't matter to the story. I'd rather have seen more background on the main character.
  • Couldn't put it down!

    By jvsgooch
    I had never heard of this author before, much less read any of her books. What piqued my curiosity was the reviews written by others, which ranged from highly critical, to glowing praise. Those who criticized, felt the main character wasn't especially endearing, and in fact, even described by other characters in the book as narcissistic. Some also complained that detective assigned to the case was too much of a cliche, as a middle aged, single man, a chauvinist, viewing every attractive female as a potential bedmate. While those assessments may hold some truth, I felt the characters possessed far more depth and complexity, and enjoyed the way in which this was developed. I also loved the way this book moves back and forth in time, unraveling the mystery, by dangling the tiniest morsels of clues to tantalize the reader, followed by dropping major bombshells. I couldn't put this book down, and stayed up half the night to finish it. It wasn't just the story, but the way in which it was told. This author has a new fan!
  • Amazing story

    By Petunia71610
    I really like the way this author writes. This book was amazing!