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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Lippman Narrator: Linda Emond Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9780062265265
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When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette “Bambi” Gottschalk in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative—if not all legal—businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But in 1976, Bambi’s comfortable world implodes when Felix, facing prison, vanishes. Though Bambi has no idea where her husband—or his money—might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie. When Julie disappears ten years to the day after Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she’s left to join her old lover—until her remains are discovered in a secluded park.

Now, twenty-six years later, 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, greed, and longing stretching over five decades. And at its center is the man who has never been forgotten by the five women who loved him: the enigmatic Felix Brewer.

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

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This isn’t a murder mystery, not really. And yet it is. This isn’t a family saga, not really. And yet it is. Lippman doesn’t deal in absolutes and it’s her exploration of the nuance of loss—and its permeating presence, like carbon monoxide slowly poisoning the characters and their air—that makes this a must-read.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Equal parts love story, tragedy, and murder mystery, Lippman’s latest thriller delivers twist and emotional depth with its tale of a philandering schemer whose long-time mistress turns up dead years after he skipped town.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “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.”

    Washington Post

  • “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.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick)

  • “[A] finely wrought study of what it means to move forward without answers…Adept as always with character nuance, Lippman uses Roberto ‘Sandy’ Sanchez, a consultant who used to be a Baltimore cop, to dig into Julie’s cold case, and to uncover the secrets of the women Felix left in his wake.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Despite the murder at its center, this is less a suspenseful whodunit than a masterly novel of character, with secrets skillfully and gradually revealed. Revel in the pace and pleasures of this book…that should add to Lippman’s literary luster.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Coaxing the inevitable out of the improbable, Lippman is a bet you just can’t lose.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Smart and mesmerizing…Lippman incisively explores marriage, Jewish family life, class distinctions, and the power and liability of physical beauty, thus creating an involving and elegant novel of the psychological ravages of crime.”

    Booklist

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2013 Library Journal Editor’s Pick
  • Selected for the March 2014 Indie Next List
  • A February 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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About the Author
Author Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at the Baltimore Sun. She began writing novels while working full time and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers, and her work has been awarded the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards. She has also been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Baltimore Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. Ms. Lippman lives in Baltimore.

About the Narrator

Linda Emond is an award-winning actress of stage, film, television, and audiobook narration. Her performances on Broadway earned her nominations for the Tony Award in 2003 and 2012 and for the Drama Desk Award in 1997 and 2002. She was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for her roles in plays at theaters in Chicago. Her film credits include roles in Julie & Julia, Dark Water, and Across the Universe, among others. Her television credits include such series as Elementary, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: SVU, as well as movies such as A Dog Named Christmas. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, winning three Earphones Awards and being named a finalist four times for the prestigious Audie Award. In 2011 she was named by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense for her reading of Flash and Bones.