AFTER I’M GONE
Lippman is at her finest here, layering a compelling mystery with emotional depth amongst slice- of-life observations that will stay with readers long after the last page. Her vivid characters and their overlapping narratives work incredibly well here, as the story is slowly revealed to readers and we’re drawn into their complex world. The reveal is a surprise, but it’s these characters we come to care about who make this a true hit.
Twenty-six years ago, small-time-yet-successful criminal Felix Brewer ran from a jail sentence, leaving behind a wife, three daughters and a mistress. His mistress Julie later disappeared, and though many assumed she had run off to be with Felix, a decade later her body was found. Now Roberto “Sandy” Sanchez, a retired Baltimore police detective consulting on cold cases, unearths the case of Julie’s murder. What he finds is the story of the five women whom Felix left behind. (WILLIAM MORROW, Feb., 352 pp., $26.99)