By a Spider's Thread: A Tess Monaghan Novel (Mass Market Paperback)

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Description


Private investigator Tess Monaghan doesn't know quite what to make of her new client, Mark Rubin—a wealthy Orthodox Jew who refuses to shake her hand and doles out vitally important information in grudging dribs and drabs. The successful Baltimore furrier claims he and his beautiful wife had a flawless, happy marriage. Yet one day, without warning, Natalie gathered up their children and vanished—and the police can't do anything because all the evidence indicates she left willingly.

But 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 unravel, as memory begets rage, and rage begets desperation . . . and murder. And suddenly the lives of three innocent children are dangling by the slenderest of threads.

About the Author


Laura Lippman is the author of eleven novels featuring Baltimore private detective Tess Monaghan, seven stand-alone novels, and a short story collection. Her six most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers. Lippman has won numerous literary prizes for her work, including the Edgar®, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, Agatha, Gumshoe, Barry, and Macavity Awards. A recent recipient of the first-ever Mayor's Prize, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband, David Simon; their daughter; and her stepson.

Praise for By a Spider's Thread: A Tess Monaghan Novel…


“Both entertaining and unexpectedly touching. More Please.”
-Baltimore Sun

“Tess is feisty . . . And it is a joy to watch her come alive.”
-Washington Times

“A sense of place so unerring that it makes Baltimore everyone’s hometown.”
-Kirkus Reviews

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

“Again, Yes! To Tess.”
-Baltimore Sun

“Compulsively readable” may be a cliché, but it’s a perfect description for this novel.
-Toronto Globe and Mail

“BY A SPIDER’S THREAD - arguably the most complex, moving novel in her Tess Monaghan detective series.”
-Time Out New York

“The fast-paced, intelligent story involves a maze of betrayal, surprises and a murder.”
-Jewish Week

Product Details ISBN-10: 0062070916
ISBN-13: 9780062070913
Published: Harper, 05/01/2012
Pages: 448
Language: English