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 five women he left
behind—his wife, his daughters, and his mistress
Dead is dead. Missing is gone.
Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette "Bambi" Gottschalk at a
Valentine's Day 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 in 1976, Bambi's comfortable world implodes when
Felix, facing prison, vanishes.
Though Bambi has no idea where
her husband—or his money—might be, she suspects one woman does: his
devoted young mistress, Julie. When Julie disappears ten years to the
day after Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she's left to join her
old lover—until her remains are discovered in a secluded park.
twenty-six years later, 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 of bitterness, jealousy,
resentment, greed, and longing stretching over five decades. And at its
center is the man who, though long gone, has never been forgotten by the
five women who loved him: the enigmatic Felix Brewer.
Felix Brewer left five women behind. Now there are four. Does at least one of them know the truth?