By A Spider's Thread

By A Spider's Thread

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Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan--first introduced in the classic Baltimore Blues--must track down a missing wife and unravel the secrets in her marriage that led her to flee.

"A hair raising ride."--Boston Globe

Mark Rubin's family is missing--and the police won't get involved because all the evidence indicates that his wife left willingly. So the successful Baltimore furrier turns to Tess Monaghan, hoping she can help him find his wife and three children. Tess doesn't quite know what to make of Rubin, who doles out vitally important information in grudging dribs and drabs. According to her client, he and his beautiful wife, Natalie, had a flawless, happy marriage. Yet one day, without any warning or explanation, Natalie gathered up their children and vanished.

Tapping into a network of fellow investigators spread across the country, Tess is soon able to locate the runaway wife and the children who have been moving furtively from state to state, town to town. But the Rubins are not alone. A mysterious man is traveling with them, a stranger described by witnesses as "handsome" and "charming" but otherwise unremarkable. And the deeper Tess digs, the more she suspects that the motive behind Natalie's reckless flight lies somewhere in the gap between what Rubin will not say and what he refuses to believe.

An intricate web of betrayal and vengeance is already beginning to unfold, as memory begets rage, and rage begets desperation...and murder. Suddenly, much more than one man's future happiness and stubborn pride are in peril. For the lives of three innocent children are dangling by the slenderest of threads.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060506698
Branch Call Number: FIC MYS
Characteristics: xii, 354 p. ; 24 cm


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Aug 07, 2013

Very dark. Definitely not a "cozy".

Jun 07, 2013

YOU'VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY. Lippman has created an Everytomboy in Tess Monaghan: marriage-averse, sports-loving, and wise-cracking. And it's clear that in the 7 years since she started publishing the series, Lippman has come a long way. It used to be that Laura Lippman was the queen of product placement: why use descriptive prose when you can drop an obscure brandname, circa 1970s (e.g. Banlons & Barcaloungers)? She has toned that down in this book. Ref: pg 78

Aug 18, 2012

Highly recommended! This is my favorite Laura Lippman book with Tess Monaghan (very hard choice, as I am a big fan of all the Tess Monaghan books.) But I really like the character of Mark Rubin, and how he is hard-headed and practical (regarding his business) yet romantic and impractical about his wife, Natalie. For that matter, Natalie is also full of contradictions — or perhaps just caught between conflicting desires and options. I think the Jewish religions/traditions/culture are woven into the story in a really interesting way.

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