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Nightmare 'Dream Girl'?

Dream Girl is the latest psychological thriller by Laura Lippman. Credit: provided by author

Laura Lippman has published two dozen novels, most set in Baltimore, most mysteries. But her newest is the first she calls a book of horror.

"I think that this is a work of horror because I think what goes on in writers minds is pretty horrible! I think it’s scary!”  

Dream Girl is a twisty plot, from the improbable accident that immobilizes an aging novelist in his luxury apartment in Locust Point … to the mysterious phone calls that terrorize him -- but don’t slow his vivid flashbacks -- memories of literary success, an unfaithful father, ex-wives and sexual escapades. He knows he’s addled, but is it the drugs for his pain, or is it dementia? And then something truly baffling happens … 

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'