After I'm Gone

After I'm Gone

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New York Times best seller Laura Lippman returns with a classic story of murder and mystery, in which one man's disappearance echoes through the lives of his wife, daughters - and mistress. When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old 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 always legal businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi's 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 devoted young mistress, Julie. When Julie herself 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 found in a secluded wooded park. 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 of bitterness, jealously, resentment and greed stretching over the three decades and three generations that connect these five very different women. And at the center of every woman's story is the man who, though long gone, has never been forgotten: the enigmatic Felix Brewer. Somewhere between the secrets and lies connecting past and present, Sandy could find the explosive truth...
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 161 x 240 x 35mm | 592g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0571299660
  • 9780571299669
  • 581,282

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Laura Lippman's New York Times bestseller is a florid noir that spans the decades. Murder and mayhem intertwine as shyster Felix Brewer disappears and leaves his wife, mistress and three daughters to untangle his messy past. Grazia
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About Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman has been awarded every major prize in crime fiction. Since the publication of What the Dead Know, each of her hardcovers has hit the New York Times bestseller list. A recent recipient of the first-ever Mayor's Prize, she lives in Baltimore, New Orleans and New York City with her family. To Find out more about Laura visit
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12,825 ratings
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After I’M Gone – top mystery After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman is a beautifully well written murder mystery an old style whodunit that keeps you turning the pages to find out who the culprit is. This is a classic murder mystery story that is brought up to date by a modern day Agatha Christie where the disappearance of Felix Brewster echoes throughout the book while giving no hint as to where he is or if he is alive. Felix Brewster is charmer of the old school easily referred to as a lady’s man who married the love of his life in 1959 Bambi Gottschalk. A wife that bears him three daughters and who has it all, a woman he loves with all his heart and would never leave, while at the same time having a mistress a former stripper called Julie. 4th July 1976 while awaiting sentence in federal court, Julie helps Felix to disappear never to be seen or heard of again. Bambi is left with three daughters a big house and no money but there is one person who might know and that is Julie. In 1986 to the day of Felix’s disappearance Julie disappears in to the ether and everyone assumes she has gone to join Felix that is until her body turns up decomposed in a secluded wood. Sandy Sanchez is a retired homicide detective who works cold cases for the Baltimore Police when he picks up this case and decides to run with it. What he discovers is a tangled web of secrets and lies from the past that dictate the past with the present and he recognises the truth will be explosive. This is an old fashioned mix of jealousy, bitterness, resentment and greed that connects all the women in the book. It falls to Sanchez to unpick this to discover the truth and that would not be easy. Laura Lippman has written a book that delivers on all levels so that you get the suspense recognise the failings of all the characters to whom it is easy to identify and deliver the final punch with a smile. It is easy to see why Lippman tops the bestseller lists in America and with this book she should do the same here her books are readable enjoyable crime more
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