"What Came Before is a remarkable achievement Ð a smart, fast-paced mystery that asks important questions about identity, family, and race. And, like the best of its genre, itÕs loaded with puzzles: What really happened on the day Abbie PalmerÕs mother killed herself? Who is the myste... rious woman who shows up on AbbieÕs doorstep, and why would anyone want her dead? Gay DeganiÕs prose is at all times lucid and compelling, and her exciting story will keep you glued to your chair." ~ Clifford Garstang, winner of the 2013 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction for 'What the Zhang Boys Know' "With engaging characters and a compelling mystery, Gay DeganiÕs What Came Before draws you in and doesnÕt let go. If this had been a movie, I wouldnÕt have left the cinema for more popcorn. A brilliant and complex whodunit with a memorable, imperfect character at its helm." ~ Christopher Allen, author of 'Conversations with S. Teri OÕType (a Satire)'