By Laura Lippman
Whilst Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette "Bambi" Gottschalk at a Valentine's Dance in 1959, he charms her with wild gives you, a few of which he really retains. because of his lucrative-if no longer all legal-businesses, she and their 3 little ladies stay in luxurious. yet at the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi's cozy international implodes whilst Felix, newly convicted and dealing with legal, mysteriously vanishes.
Though Bambi has no concept the place her husband-or all of his money-might be, she suspects one girl does: his dedicated younger mistress, Julie. while Julie disappears ten years to the day that Felix went at the lam, everybody assumes she's left to hitch her previous lover-until her is still are finally present in a secluded wooded park.
Now, twenty-six years after Julie went lacking, Roberto "Sandy" Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective operating chilly circumstances for a few more cash, is investigating her homicide. What he discovers is a tangled net of bitterness, jealously, resentment, greed, and longing stretching over 3 a long time that connects 5 interesting girls: a loyal spouse, a lifeless mistress, and 3 very diversified daughters. And on the heart is the fellow who, although gone, hasn't ever been forgotten through the 5 ladies who enjoyed him: the enigmatic Felix Brewer.
Somewhere among the secrets and techniques and lies connecting previous and current, Sandy will locate the reality. And while he does, nobody will ever be an identical.
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One is forced to set it aside as well i n respo nse to the ma ny dema nds of the day ; o ne gives o neself over to seco ndary tasks, so me of which req uire not weeks, b ut mo nths, a nd, wo uld n't you k now, o ne is the n req uired to i nsert still other s maller i mprovisatio ns, with o ut ever losing sight of o ne's larger a nd still larger concer ns. B ut the res ult is that bit by bit o ne co mes to bear o n o ne's sho ulders a nd i n o ne's mi nd the entire b urde n, the weight of every task a nd co nc ur re nt task.
For America, too, I wrote an i ntroduction to a n abridged New York editio n o f my essay o n Schope nhauer, the thi nker who made s uch a deep i mpressio n o n me in my yo uth. It can be fo und today i n the collectio n Essays of Three Decades. My two essays o n Fre ud, the seco nd give n as a lecture i n Vie nna to co mme morate the great researcher's eightieth birthday, likewise co me fro m those years of movi ng back a nd forth betwee n E urope a nd the New World, as does my seco nd Wag ner lect ure o n the Ring of the Nibelung, which I was asked to deliver at the U niversity of Zurich for a prod uctio n of the e ntire colossal work-all of the m i nterpola tio ns i nto the work o n my Goethe novel, which i n t ur n was an i nter polation i nto my chief epic e nterprise, the stories ofjoseph.
I have told the sto ry of this chaotic epoch in my life elsewhere. For my work o nJoseph it mea nt an i nterrup tio n of several mo nths. A brave daughter, who risked a retur n to o ur now co nfis cated ho use i n M unich , fo und the ma nuscript left behind there a nd bro ugh t i t to the so uth of Fra nce. Slowly, despi te disjointed , provi sio nal circ umstances , I was able to res ume work o n the e nterprise tha t was the sole g uarantee of co nti nuity i n my life. Despite freq ue nt a nd so meti mes lo ng i nterr uptio ns , my labor o n Joseph in Egypt came to a n e nd at Kus nach t o n the Lake of Zurich, to which we had moved i n the fall of 1933 , a nd the book was p ublished i n 193 6 i n Vie nna, the te mpora ry refuge of the Berl i n p ublishi ng ho use with which I was under co ntrac t.