“Lady in the Lake,” the new novel from Laura Lippman, is a lot of things. It is part newspaper procedural, part psychological drama, part social history — and, taken as a whole, thoroughly gripping.
The novel is set in Lippman’s beloved Baltimore. It is 1966. There’s an absolute sense of restiveness. Racism remains rampant, even on the sports fields; women’s roles are set in stone; Nixon and Agnew loom on the horizon.