Laura Lippman, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Most Dangerous Thing, Id Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know, returns with an addictive story that explores how one mans disappearance echoes through the lives of the wife, mistress, and daughters he left behind. When Felix Brewer meets Bernadette Bambi Gottschalk at a Valentines Dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrativeif not all legalbusinesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambis comfortable world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes. Though Bambi has no idea where her husbandor his moneymight 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 shes left to join her old loveruntil 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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