After I’m Gone

Buckle up, because I have finally discovered the joy of Laura Lippman and am looking down the barrel of her extensive list of published works, planning to gobble each one like a Pacman pellet. I think I found her covers too lurid previously, believing them to be supermarket bestsellers and nothing more. Nope, it’s good writing wrapped in a mystery, and apparently she’s half of the super-couple of Baltimore with David Simon.

This book follows the disappearance of Felix Brewer, a bookie looking at a short jail sentence back in 1976 who fled the country, leaving a wife and three daughters behind, along with a girlfriend who turns up dead 10 years later. Who killed Julie, and why? All signs smear towards Bambi (the wife) and daughter Rachel, but there’s a twist (of course!). Quality beach-reading.