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Michelle Richmond is the author of The Year of Fog, Dream of the Blue Room, and the award-winning story collection The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Michelle lives with her husband and son in San Francisco, where she is at work on her next novel.

From the Hardcover edition.


Following 2007's well-received Year of Fog, Richmond's new novel explores the lasting effects of loss and betrayal. Twenty years later, Ellie Enderlin is still haunted by the unsolved murder of her older sister, Lila, a brilliant math Ph.D. candidate at Stanford. With her family in turmoil after Lila's death, Ellie confides in a sympathetic English professor who then uses her confidences to write a hugely popular true crime book. Now a professional coffee taster and buyer, Ellie is on a business trip in Nicaragua when she by chance encounters Peter, Lila's secret lover and the man who the book claimed was Lila's killer, although the conjecture was never confirmed. This intense meeting reopens the painful past and sends Ellie on a renewed quest to find her sister's killer. This thoughtful, gripping page-turner grabs the reader's attention from the first chapter. Recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/08.]--Andrea Y. Griffith, Loma Linda Univ. Libs., CA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Richmond (The Year of Fog) returns to San Francisco for another enjoyable blend of mystery and domestic fiction. Twenty years ago, Ellie Enderlin's sister, Lila, a mathematical prodigy, was murdered, and Andrew Thorpe, Ellie's English professor and a friend, exploited the family's grief with a true-crime bestseller that claimed Peter McConnell, Lila's married lover and colleague, was the killer. On a coffee-buying trip to Nicaragua, Ellie encounters McConnell, whose life was destroyed by Thorpe's conjecture. Sparked by this meeting, Ellie traces her way back through Lila's life and work, pursuing leads that the manipulative Thorpe abandoned when they did not fit his literary ambitions. Though many of Ellie's suspects lead her to dead ends, each gives her greater understanding of her sister, of mathematics and of herself. When she finally discovers the truth, Ellie's clarity about the past brings her new hope for the future. Vivid descriptions and loving explanations of the city and intelligent forays into the sciences of coffee and mathematics enhance Richmond's quietly captivating novel. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Michelle Richmond's encore to The Year of Fog is an equally addictive read."--Denver Post

"Richmond sets out to create not a straight-up thriller, but a novel that explores love, family, work, guilt and the responsibility of the writer to his or her subject, all within the framework of a murder mystery." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Michelle Richmond never strikes a false note in No One You Know.... It's an intelligent, emotionally convincing tale about a family tragedy and the process of storytelling."--Boston Globe

"As complex and beautiful as a mathematical proof, this gripping, thought-provoking novel will keep you thinking long after the last page has been turned."--Family Circle

"Beautifully written"--Seattle Times


"Heartrending and immediately readable"--San Francisco Examiner

"Another enjoyable blend of mystery and domestic fiction.... Quietly captivating."--Publishers Weekly

"Richmond has a knack for creating accessible, grippingly authentic characters....No One You Know a tautly drawn tale."--East Bay Express

"Richmond turns a family crisis into heartbreaking and compelling reading.... Riveting." --Booklist, starred review

"Intelligent, emotionally convincing...Michelle Richmond never strikes a false note in No One You Know."--Boston Globe

"Richmond's fiction is made rich by the relationships between her characters and the carefully researched nuances of their lives."--Birmingham magazine

From the Hardcover edition.

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