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After I'm Gone

Lippman, Laura (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
After I'm Gone
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"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" --
Authors: Lippman, Laura, 1959-
Title: After I'm gone
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2014]
Edition: First Edition.
Characteristics: 334 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "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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Alternate Title: After I am gone
ISBN: 0062083392
9780062083395
Statement of Responsibility: Laura Lippman
Subject Headings: Detective and mystery stories. Baltimore (Md.) Fiction. Cold cases (Criminal investigation) Fiction. Missing persons Fiction.
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction.
Topical Term: Detective and mystery stories.
Cold cases (Criminal investigation)
Missing persons
LCCN: 2013018550
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Oct 06, 2014
  • LauraSteinert rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is Lippman's best work to date. The skipping in time and voice was annoying at times, but it is worth it because when all is relieved at the end, it become apparent that we needed to see how each character became who she was. There is only a passing reference to Crow, the child and Tess, but we have a good understanding of how it all ties together and leads to the next book in the Tess series.

Sandy is a very interesting character, and having his story laid out for us will make the next book even better.

I did not feel this was one of her best writings, it seemed to drag a lot. The bouncing around through the different story years, got to be somewhat annoying. There seemed to be a lot of info about the characters that just did not seem relevant to the story.

May 15, 2014
  • bdemian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Once you get into it, it's hard to put dow. The ending, while surprising, is satisfyingly believable.

May 06, 2014
  • caquinn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another good read from Laura Lippman.

Apr 15, 2014
  • mrsbonjovi rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Overall a satisfying read although it dragged a bit in places. The story shifts between past and present and comes together nicely with a surprising ending.

Mar 15, 2014
  • goldenreader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I highly recommend this book, which I could not put down. The author brings the characters to life, makes them real and makes the reader care about them. Then she ties it all together with a completely plausible, surprise solution to the mystery.

I do not like this book as well as the Tess series. The characters are not very interesting and I find it disappointing. Hard to stick with it.

Mar 02, 2014
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Part mystery, part character study. The story jumps back and forth in time from the 1950s to present day. Although at times I had trouble keeping track of some of the characters, I really enjoyed this slow-paced, yet page-turner of a book.

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