Laura Lippman is another author from the high proportion of talented writers to have emerged from the Baltimore Sun (see also The Wire writer David Simon et al) and she works hard to use her beloved city to full atmospheric effect and to deliver above average suspense and intrigue. It’s quite apparent in this narrative early on I think, who the woman at the centre of the story really is. Traumatised after a traffic accident she appears to be one of two girls who went missing 30yrs earlier. It’s up to Kevin Infante, Lippman’s ‘tec and colleagues to find the truth. The portrait of a family barely concealing the cracks in their facade is well drawn and the time shift is deftly handled. Less convincing are the odd back story characters that add little to the main theme. However, what makes this book stay with you is Lippman’s desire to explore what in this age of no shame and little consequence, could possibly be so bad as to keep someone in hiding for thirty years? That is ‘what the dead know’ and you’ll have to read it to find out.