After I'm Gone

After I'm Gone

Audiobook CD - 2014
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The next standalone novel by the fabulous New York Times bestselling author of And When She Was Good. Set in the past and the present, it tells the story of five women whose lives are changed forever when the man they love mysteriously disappears.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, [2014], ℗2014
ISBN: 9780062265258
0062265253
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lip
Description: 9 audio discs (10 hrs. 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Emond, Linda
Alternative Title: After I am gone

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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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