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By a Spider's Thread: A Tess Monaghan Mystery (Tess Monaghan Mysteries)

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The winner of every major literary award in crime fiction, Laura Lippman brings back her complex and vulnerably human Baltimore P.I., Tess Monaghan, in a tense, expertly spun tale of a family torn asunder by forces it can barely comprehend.

Mark Rubin's family is missing — and the police can't do a thing because all the evidence indicates that his wife left willingly. So the successful furrier turns to Tess Monaghan, hoping she can help him find his wife and three children. Tess doesn't know quite what to make of Rubin, a wealthy Orthodox Jew who refuses to shake her hand and 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 her stolen progeny, moving furtively from state to state, town to town. But the Rubins are not alone. A man is traveling with them, a stranger described by witnesses as "handsome" and "charming" but otherwise unremarkable to these casual observers, who have no way of sensing the fury beneath his smooth surface.

The motive behind Natalie's reckless flight lies somewhere in the gap between what Mark Rubin will not say and what he refuses to believe. An intricate web of betrayal and vengeance is already beginning to unravel, as memory begets rage and rage leads to desperation — and murder. And suddenly much more than one man's future happiness and stubborn pride are in peril; the lives of three innocent children are dangling by the slenderest of threads.

Review:

"Tess is feisty....And it is a joy to watch her come alive." Washington Times

Review:

"Laura Lippman in her series featuring Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan just keeps getting better and better." Houston Chronicle

About the Author

Laura Lippman was a newspaper reporter at the Baltimore Sun for twelve years. Her Tess Monaghan novels — The Last Place, The Sugar House, Baltimore Blues, Charm City, Butchers Hill, and In Big Trouble — have won the Edgar, Agatha, Shamus, Anthony, and Nero Wolfe Awards, and In a Strange City was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel Every Secret Thing. Lippman lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060506698
Author:
Lippman, Laura
Publisher:
William Morrow
Location:
New York
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Maryland
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
Murderers
Subject:
Runaway wives
Subject:
Jewish families
Subject:
Monaghan, Tess
Subject:
Women private investigators
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Tess Monaghan Mysteries
Publication Date:
June 29, 2004
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.17 in 22.4 oz

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