January 29, 2014

After I'm Gone

After I'm Gone    
author Laura Lippman
publisher  William Morrow
to be published February 2014
source  Publisher

summary from Lippman's website:  …an addictive story that explores how one man’s disappearance echoes through the lives of the wife, mistress, and daughters he left behind….

Felix Brewer disappears on July 4, 1976, before the law can catch him for his misdeeds.    Twenty-six years later, Roberto “Sandy” Sanchez works cold cases and attempts to find out what happened to Felix and his mistress.    
My thoughts after reading  After I'm Gone:
1.  This is Laura Lippman's best book to date.  She gets better and better.
2.   Learn something new every day.  I had no idea Jewish people have baptism ceremonies in this day and age.
3.   Lippman masters her characters and the time frames expertly.   I re-lived the seventies, eighties, nineties.   It was enjoyable to watch the characters grow up, age, deal with their jealousies, and each other throughout the decades.
4.    We, the readers,  think Sandy's nickname is because of his last name (Sanchez) or because of his sandy-colored hair.   That's not the case --- we eventually find out the reason for his nickname.
5.   Tess makes a cameo appearance!