After I’m Gone

Laura Lippman

New York Times best seller Laura Lippman returns with a classic story of murder and mystery, in which one man’s disappearance echoes through the lives of his wife, daughters – and mistress.

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‘An edge-of-your seat tale’ O, the Oprah Magazine
‘Equal parts love story, tragedy and murder mystery’ Entertainment Weekly


A classic story of murder and mystery, in which one man’s disappearance echoes through the lives of his wife, daughters – and mistress.

Fourth of July, 1976. Bambi’s world implodes when her husband Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes, leaving her and their daughters behind.

Though Bambi has no idea where Felix – or his money – might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie. When Julie herself 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 found in a secluded wooded park.

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 of bitterness, jealousy, resentment and greed – with the enigmatic Felix Brewer at the centre.

Felix Brewer left five women behind. Now there are four. Does at least one of them know the truth?

‘A true mystery. . . Lippman has crafted an excellent story’ 5* reader review
‘This is one of the most artfully plotted mysteries I’ve read, and on top of that, nicely written with a great sense of character and voice.’ 5* reader review
‘Excellent mystery, could not put it down!’ 5* reader review

Critic Reviews

Laura Lippman's New York Times bestseller is a florid noir that spans the decades. Murder and mayhem intertwine as shyster Felix Brewer disappears and leaves his wife, mistress and three daughters to untangle his messy past.

Critic Reviews

The characters in Laura Lippman's After I'm Gone are so well drawn that it's easy to forget why they happen to be connected...Lippman is able to sustain a remarkable degree of detail about all [the] characters and still keep them sharply distinct and interesting.

New York Times
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Lippman is as skillful at plot as she is at characters and setting, and the twists in the novel's final pages are both surprising and satisfying. They contain some well-earned messages about love and loyalty, illusion and delusion. Like everything else Lippman has written, After I'm Gone transcends the limits of genre. Like George Pelecanos, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane and a handful of others, she writes books that are great fun but also serious fun.

Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
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One of richest portraits of (four) complicated women in ages. Smart, resonant, moving, deeply rewarding.

Megan Abbott, Author of The End of Everything and Dare Me
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'Her books unfold the secrets of ordinary middle-class American women in effortless prose and great acuity. After I'm Gone could well be her best yet, a multi-narrative story about a man who falls in love with a woman and then disappears. A clever, gripping, page-turning delight.'

Catholic Herald
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Coaxing the inevitable out of the improbable, Lippman is a bet you just can't lose.

Kirkus, Starred Review

Laura Lippman’s novels have won many crime fiction prizes, including the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and eDunnit Awards. Her more recent works include Sunburn, a Waterstones Thriller of the Month in 2018, Lady in the Lake, currently being adapted by Apple TV+, and Dream Girl, shortlisted for the 2022 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger.

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