After I'm Gone

9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10½ hrs. HarperAudio. 2014. ISBN 9780062265258. $39.99; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Inspired by a true mysterious disappearance, Lippman here examines the effects on the five women Felix Brewer left behind when he skipped town to avoid imprisonment. Retired detective Sandy Sanchez is working on a cold case: the death of Felix's mistress Julie Saxony, whose body was found ten years to the day after Felix fled. Lippman intertwines Sanchez's story with those of Julie; betrayed wife Bambi; and Bambi and Felix's three daughters, Linda, Rachel, and Michelle. The survivors deal with resentment, loss, greed, immaturity, economic struggle, pride, hope, and deceit as they adjust to life without Felix. Linda Emond capably performs the shifting characters and time frames from Felix and Bambi's first meeting to the present time.
VERDICT Recommended for mystery collections. [Despite the murder at its center, this is less a suspenseful whodunit than a masterly novel of character, with secrets skillfully and gradually revealed," read the starred review of the Morrow hc, LJ 11/15/13.]
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