About the Author
Since her debut in 1997, Laura Lippman has been heralded for her thoughtful, timely crime novels set in her beloved hometown of Baltimore. She is the author of twenty works of fiction, including eleven Tess Monaghan mysteries. She lives in Baltimore, New Orleans, and New York City with her family.
I really enjoyed Lippman’s stand alone mystery, with Robert (Sandy)Sanchez, a newly widowed police detective, biding his time pre-retirement, catching cold cases. Chapters alternate between Sandy in the present day, and those of the family of Felix Brewer, a low level bookie type who went on the lam rather than serve prison time. The women in his life, from wife Bambi, their three daughters and his mistress Julie, are all emotionally invested in Felix, even when he’s not in their life as a constant presence. Sandy proves to be an engaging character as he seeks out each of these players, while piecing together the clues of a body found in the woods almost two decades after Felix’s disappearance. Lippman writes all of these characters so well, and each hurdle they face as the years go on, with no word from Felix, made me want to read as quickly as possible to the conclusion.