Best selling American author Laura Lippman.
Here's an extract from her official bio:
Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett
and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association.
Baltimore Blues* (1997, nominated for the Shamus Award for best first PI novel.)
Charm City* (1997, winner of the Eddgar ® and Shamus awards for best
paperback original, nominated for the Anthony Award.)
Butchers Hill* (1998, winner of the Agatha Award for best novel, winner of the
Anthony Award for best paperback original, nominated for the
Edgar ®, Shamus and Macavity awards.)
In Big Trouble* (1999, winner of the Anthony and Shamus awards, nominated for
an Edgar ® and Agatha.)
The Sugar House* (2000, winner of the Nero Wolfe Award.)
In a Strange City *(2001, a New York Times Notable Book.)
The Last Place* (2002, nominated for the Shamus Award.)
Every Secret Thing (2003, winner of the Anthony and Barry Awards, nominated
for the Hammett.)
By a Spider’s Thread* (2004, nominated for the Edgar, Agatha and Anthony
awards, winner of the Romantic Times Award for Best PI Novel.)
To the Power of Three (2005.) (winner of the Gumshoe Award for Best Novel.)
No Good Deeds* (2006.)
*Denotes a Tess Monaghan title.
I really enjoyed making this portrait of her. She's a charming witty lady who has great patience with her photographer, yours truly.