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

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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

Since Laura Lippman's debut in 1997, she has been heralded for thoughtful, timely crime novels set in her beloved hometown of Baltimore. Now a perennial New York Times bestseller, she lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her family.

Praise For…

“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: 9780062070913
ISBN-10: 0062070916
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: May 29th, 2012
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: Tess Monaghan Novel