After I'm Gone: A Novel

Front Cover
HarperCollins, Feb 11, 2014 - Fiction - 352 pages
47 Reviews

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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
9
4 stars
24
3 stars
12
2 stars
1
1 star
1

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - kremsa - LibraryThing

A little slow to get into and the time shifts are sometimes a little confusing, but overall an okay read. Good character development and the ending caught me by surprise so this should really be a 3 1/2 star rating. Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - micahmom2002 - LibraryThing

Felix brewer disappears in the 1970's leaving behind a wife, three young daughters, and a mistress. His mistress disappears almost 10 years to the day later. Her body is found in the woods behind his ... Read full review

All 41 reviews »

Other editions - View all

About the author (2014)

Since Laura Lippman’s debut, she has won multiple awards and critical acclaim for provocative, timely crime novels set in her beloved hometown of Baltimore. Now a perennial New York Times bestselling author, she lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her family.

Bibliographic information