A murder-suicide that rocks a Baltimore suburb may not be what it seems.
Thornton Hartigan built Glendale from the ground up, buying farmland and replacing fields with houses bought by families who wanted an easy commute to Baltimore, but with better schools. Now only the Snyder and Muhly places are left, and farmgirls Binnie Snyder and Eve Muhly struggle to fit in with the Banana Republic–clad divas of Glendale High. At the top of the social ladder stand Perri Kahn, a serious drama student whose parents don’t even own a TV; Josie Patel, who loves acrobatics so much that she’s a cheerleader, even though she doesn’t know or care which team won-won-won; and Kat Hartigan, daughter of Thornton’s son Dale, who’s nice to everyone in spite of being first in her class and prom queen. When gunshots ring out in a locked girls’ room, leaving Kat dead, Josie injured and Perri comatose, most assume the violence resulted from jealousy among the three inseparables. But Baltimore County detectives Lenhardt and Infante find that Josie’s story just doesn’t fit the physical evidence, and soon Dale Hartigan, still enmeshed in his own triangle with Chloe, his ex, and his girlfriend Susannah Goode, strikes out on his own to find the truth about Kat’s death.
This newest stand-alone from Lippman (Every Secret Thing, 2003, etc.) takes a searching look at the implosion of the American dream into every parent’s worst nightmare.