After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman

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An addictive story that explores how one man’s disappearance echoes through the lives of the five women he left behind - his wife, his daughters, and his mistress.

Review by Mary Alice Gorman


If practice makes perfect, then the bestseller Laura Lippman's new novel is the proof that after 17 years the best of all is here with After I'm Gone ( Morrow). A Baltimore gambling kingpin goes missing to avoid prison. On the way out of town, he tries to set up his wife Bambi, 3 daughters and mistress Julie Saxony for survival in his absence. But the history of these relationships and the complexity of his life leave a slew of complicated women in his wake. Ten years later the mistress disappears and her body is found in a park. Enter an engaging new sleuth in the character of Roberto Sandy Sanchez, a retired detective reviewing this cold case. An elegant plot is chockablock with psychologically complex women presented with the deft hand of a seasoned writer. This one is not to be missed and sure to turn up another winner.