By A Spider's Thread

By A Spider's Thread

Book - 2004
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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.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060506711
Call Number: LIPPMAN
Characteristics: 367 p. ; 18 cm.
Subjects: Monaghan, Tess (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Women private investigators -- Maryland -- Baltimore -- Fiction.
Jewish families -- Fiction.
Missing persons -- Fiction.
Runaway wives -- Fiction.
Murderers -- Fiction.
Maryland -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.


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Sep 03, 2017

Was a good read. One of her better books.

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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