Synopses & Reviews
Mark Rubin claims he and his beautiful wife had a flawless, happy marriage. Yet one day, without warning, Natalie gathered up their children and vanished. The police can't do anything because all the evidence indicates she left willingly. So the successful Baltimore furrier turns to private investigator Tess Monaghan.
Tess doesn't know quite what to make of her client, a wealthy Orthodox Jew who refuses to shake her hand and doles out vitally important information in grudging dribs and drabs. But the deeper she digs, the more Tess 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 unravel, as memory begets rage, and rage leads to desperation and murder. And suddenly the lives of three innocent children are dangling by the slenderest of threads.
"Lippman delivers a smart, fast-paced, nuanced story that features a well-drawn supporting cast, including the endearing if dangerous city of Baltimore itself....Lippmann's many fans will be thrilled." Publishers Weekly
"Laura Lippman in her series featuring Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan just keeps getting better and better." Houston Chronicle
"Tess is feisty....And it is a joy to watch her come alive." Washington Times
"Lippman is...a superb writer and storyteller. In addition to crafting page-turning suspense, she also creates memorable characters that draw the reader into the story and keep them hungry for more. Tess Monaghan is one of the best, much more than a feisty heroine." Chicago Sun-Times
"Lippman keeps the pace brisk even while giving Tess time to ruminate about her personal life and answer her e-mail contacts, and she always saves one more surprise for the reader." San Antonio Express-News
"It's a measure of the talent I've seen in this writer, both throughout her series and certainly in Every Secret Thing, where she makes you think, long past the last page of the story." BookReporter.com
Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan becomes wrapped up in a deadly web of deceit and murder when she sets out to find the runaway wife and missing children of a successful fur merchant.
About the Author
Laura Lippman grew up in Baltimore and returned to her hometown in 1989 to work as a journalist. After writing seven books while still a full-time reporter, she left the Baltimore Sun to focus on fiction. She is the author of eleven Tess Monaghan books, including Baltimore Blues, Another Thing to Fall, and The Girl in the Green Raincoat; five stand-alone novels, including Every Secret Thing, To the Power of Three, What the Dead Know, and Life Sentences; and one short story collection, Hardly Knew Her. She is also the editor of another story collection, Baltimore Noir. Lippman has won numerous awards for her work, including the Edgar, Quill, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, Agatha, Gumshoe, Barry, and Macavity.