After I'm Gone

After I'm Gone

Audiobook CD - 2014
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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" --
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, p2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062265258
Branch Call Number: CD F LIP
Additional Contributors: Emond, Linda

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TheresaAJ
Nov 21, 2016

In a departure from her Tess Monaghan mysteries (although she makes an appearance), Lippman introduces Sandy Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective who's working cold cases for some extra income. He's investigating the 1986 death of Julie Saxony, the mistress of a local bookmaker who suddenly disappeared in 1976. As the novel moves in time between 1959 and 2012, the reader learns the back story of Felix, his wife Bambi, his three daughters, and Julie. The author portrays five women who have been affected deeply by Felix's disappearance and how that plays out across the decades. Lippman also draws a vivid portrait of Baltimore. This is the November 2016 selection of the Willa Cather Book Club.

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brigpa1
Mar 29, 2015

-I tried twice but could just not get into this. I like the Tess Monaghan series better.

Cdnbookworm May 12, 2014

This mystery is set in the Baltimore area. In 2012, Roberto "Sandy" Sanchez, a retired cop now doing consultant work on cold cases, pulls out the case of Julie Saxony. In 1976, Julie was a stripper working in a club owned by Felix Brewer. She was also his mistress. When Felix, facing prison for some of his activities, disappears in 1976, he leaves behind not only Julie, but also his wife Bernadette "Bambi", and his three children, Linda, 17, Rachel, 14, and Michelle, 3. He also transfers the ownership of his cafe to Julie.
As the years go by, Julie has transformed herself into a businesswoman and, by 1986, owns an inn and is on the verge of opening a restaurant. Then, she disappears with no notice. People wonder, did she go to join Felix or did something happen to her? When her decomposed body is found in 2001 in a wooded park near the Brewer house in Baltimore the trail has gone cold, and the case went cold. Hence, Sandy's work now.
As Sandy goes over the evidence, talking to everyone whose name was in the file, and reinterviewing all the players, he awakens old resentments and memories, and possibly more.
We see Bambi, Julie, Linda, Rachel, and Michelle at various points in the intervening years, learning their stories and their experiences that brought them to the present day. This is a complex situation and there are lots of secrets that have been kept for years.
This is a story that reveals things slowly, gradually, and it creeps toward the final story inexorably. A very nice plot

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SPL_Laura
Mar 13, 2014

Mystery with a lot of drama, this audiobook got me through a week of terrible winter driving in southwestern Ontario so I am oh so thankful!

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