After I'm Gone: A Novel

Paperback | January 29, 2016

byLaura Lippman

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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.

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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” Gott...

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Dead is dead. Missing is gone . . . When Felix Brewer vanishes on July 4, 1976, to avoid serving a fifteen-year prison sentence for mail fraud, he leaves behind five devastated women: his sophisticated wife, Bambi, their three lovely daughters, and his devoted young mistress, Julie. Though Bambi has no idea where her husband or his mon...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:January 29, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062083414

ISBN - 13:9780062083418

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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 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.”