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Laura Lippman’s latest look at her local Baltimore is ready to order.

Writer Cassandra Fallows achieved critical and commercial success with an account of her Baltimore childhood growing up in the 1960s and a follow-up dealing with her adult marriages and affairs. The merely modest success of her debut novel leads her back to nonfiction and the possibility of a book about grade school classmate Calliope Jenkins. Accused of murdering her infant son, Jenkins spent seven years in prison steadfastly declining to answer any questions about the disappearance and presumed death of her son. Fallows tries to reconnect with three former classmate friends  to compare memories of Jenkins and research her story.

Offering a refreshing reprieve from a slew of mysteries set in New York, Florida, and L.A., Lippman’s novels paint a vivid picture of her beloved Baltimore.¬† Let’s take a look at what she has to say about it.