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Author: Laura Lippman Narrator: Linda Emond Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9780062265265
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Laura Lippman, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Most Dangerous Thing, I’d Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know, returns with an addictive story that explores how one man’s disappearance echoes through the lives of the wife, mistress, and daughters he left behind.

When Felix Brewer meets Bernadette “Bambi” Gottschalk at a Valentine’s Dance 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 on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi’s comfortable world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes.

Though Bambi has no idea where her husband—or his money—might be, she suspects one woman does: his mistress, Julie. When Julie 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 eventually found.

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 stretching over three decades that connects five intriguing women. And at the center is the missing man Felix Brewer.

Somewhere between the secrets and lies connecting past and present, Sandy will find the truth. And when he does, no one will ever be the same.

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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.”


  • 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

Laura Lippman is a New York Times bestselling novelist who has won more than twenty awards for her fiction, including the Edgar Award—and been nominated for thirty more. Since her debut in 1997, she has published twenty-one novels, a novella, a children’s book, and a collection of short stories. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages. Laura lives in Baltimore with her husband, David Simon, and their daughter.

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 four 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.