After I'M Gone: A Novel by Laura LippmanAfter I'M Gone: A Novel by Laura Lippman

After I'M Gone: A Novel

byLaura Lippman

Hardcover | May 5, 2016

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Laura Lippman, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Most Dangerous Thing, I’d Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know, returns with an addictive story that explores how one man’s disappearance echoes through the lives of the wife, mistress, and daughters he left behind.

When Felix Brewer meets Bernadette “Bambi” Gottschalk at a Valentine’s Dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative—if not all legal—businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi’s comfortable world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes.

Though Bambi has no idea where her husband—or his money—might be, she suspects one woman does: his mistress, Julie. When Julie disappears ten years to the day that Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she’s left to join her old lover—until her remains are eventually found.

Now, twenty-six years after Julie went missing, Roberto “Sandy” Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web stretching over three decades that connects five intriguing women. And at the center is the missing man Felix Brewer.

Somewhere between the secrets and lies connecting past and present, Sandy will find the truth. And when he does, no one will ever be the same.

Since Laura Lippman's debut in 1997, she has been heralded for thoughtful, timely crime novels set in her beloved hometown of Baltimore. Now a perennialNew York Timesbestseller, she lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her family.
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Title:After I'M Gone: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.5 × 6.63 × 1.15 inPublished:May 5, 2016Publisher:Harpercollins PublishersLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good book Laura Lippman does not disappoint with this book. I liked the tangle mess of characters.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good read with a well thought out plot. I really liked all the characters. The story was well planned and moved along quite nicely. A good mix of mystery and character building. I couldn't put it down. The ending was a bit of a surprise. It kept my interest throughout the story.
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Character driven novel I'm a long time Laura Lippman fan. My favourites are the Tess Monaghan novels, but Lippman's last few books have been stand alones. The latest is After I'm Gone. Sandy is a retired Baltimore cop, currently on contract with the BPD as a consultant, handling cold cases. When searching his files for the next case to handle, a picture of dancer Juliet Romeo falls out. and the next case is chosen. Juliet was the girlfriend of Felix Brewer in 1976. She was found dead ten years later and her murder was never solved. Felix also had a wife named Bambi and three daughters. When the feds decided Felix was going to prison for fraud, he decided he couldn't do the time - and disappeared. He left behind the two women and three girls, all who never knew where he went or what happened to him. Twenty six years later Sandy re-opens the case. Lippman's story flips from past to present and from the viewpoint of each of the women throughout the years. We're there at the beginning, meet the girls as they have grown, the women as they have aged and are with Sandy every step of the way as he explores the present, trying to find answers in the past. Although no one is very forthcoming. Lippman has created a rich story. The characters are very real, their emotions and actions tangible. Although I wondered 'whodunit', I was just as intrigued by the lives of these women and how Felix, even when absent, affected each of their paths. The secrets, lies, loves and hopes of each character was very well portrayed and explored. But the character I enjoyed the most by far was Sandy. He too has a rich back story that fleshed out his character. He's not a super sleuth solving everything with clever (and impossible) deductions, but is instead a very human, fallible man determined to find answers. I liked his voice and his way of thinking. I was pretty sure where the story was headed (and was quite happy about the journey there) when Lippman threw in one last twist, just to keep readers on their toes. Lippman herself lives in the Baltimore area which adds greatly to her settings and descriptions. When I finished the last pages of the book, I stopped and wondered about someone 'disappearing'. Is it possible? Are they ever successful at staying gone? And then I read the author's notes and discovered that the novel uses the true case of Julius Salsbury as inspiration. Devoted Laura Lippman fans will enjoy Crow's cameo (and Tess's too). By the final pages, I was thinking to myself that Sandy is a character I'd like to see more of. I may just get my wish - Lippman's next book, Hush, is due out in February 2015.
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just okay. This was a good story, but I just didn't connect with the characters. The story moves from 1976 to now to 1986 to 1959 and so on and I think I just couldn't connect because it didn't stay in one year long enough to get to know the characters. I found myself going back and forth to see how the years added up and it got kind of confusing at times. The story is interesting because it tells you how one man made a difference in the lives of 5 different women, but this man isn't even present. It's more about how his absence shaped them than anything. I think this is one of those books that you forget about as soon as you are done reading it.
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Pretty, pretty good.
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from After I'm Gone A good solid mystery with believable characters.
Date published: 2014-02-26

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“Lippman is one of the deftest hands at whodunit around, and the great characters make for an engaging read.”