Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Girl in the Green Raincoat

Persistence. Laura Lippman wrote her novella, The Girl in the Green Raincoat, in serial form for The New York Times Magazine. That structure demands chapters that stand well on their own, and allows a reader to drop off and pick up with a time lapse in between. Protagonist and detective Tess Monaghan has been confined to bed rest toward the end of her pregnancy, and her attention is caught by a woman walking her dog. Tess never gives up in trying to get to the bottom of what happened when the dog appeared without the woman. The characters are developed effectively, and the plot keeps readers engaged and interested throughout. Readers who prefer short fiction and those who like to read in small doses will find pleasure from this book.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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