By A Spider's Thread

By A Spider's Thread

eBook - 2004
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Private detective Tess Monaghan gets more than she had bargained for when she is hired by Mark Rubin, an Orthodox Jew, to find his missing wife and three children, who had apparently walked away from Rubin with the help of a mysterious ex-con named Zeke. Reprint.

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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.


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.



Publisher: New York : PerfectBound, 2004
ISBN: 9780060776503
0060776501
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult

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ailenemc
Sep 03, 2017

Was a good read. One of her better books.

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useyourwords
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

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kchenguw
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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