By a Spider's Thread: A Tess Monaghan Novel

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Natalie Rubin, middle-class Jewish wife and mother, has vanished. Worse, she has taken her three children - nine year old Isaac and boy/girl twins of five - with her. Her husband Mark is devastated. He loves her, he thought she was happy. He approaches Tess to trace her.

At first Tess is wary. She doesn't like getting involved in domestic disputes, and Mark's love for his wife seems to contain a strong desire to control her. Did he drive her away? Did he perhaps kill her? But as Tess pursues her quest for Natalie, she discovers a woman whose past was better kept hidden, a man whose values will challenge her own, and a family that knows how to button up its secrets ...

A SPIDER'S THREAD is part tense thriller, part all-too-human drama about what families do to each other. It confirms Laura Lippman as a storyteller of rare intelligence, insight and power.

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"Brilliant." ( PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH, 11 September)

"A clever piece of writing... hard to put down" ( www.reviewingtheevidence.com, September)

"Curl up with this gripping thriller" ( WOMAN'S OWN, 13 September)

"Private investigator Tess Monaghan makes a welcome return" ( CHOICE, October)

"A well-constructed mystery, unique characters, and a heavy dose of wit make this a good addition to the Monaghan series. Definitely recommended." ( DEADLY PLEASURES, Winter 04)

"Lippman tells her story through four separate points of view... she has structured it extremely well, revealing only just enough background information to keep the narrative moving, then springing a whole series of surprises. None of them is predictable and yet they're all convincing. With its background themes of racism, damaged children and family bitterness, this is a most impressive novel." ( SHERLOCK, Issue 64 2004)

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After her brilliant stand-alone thriller EVERY SECRET THING, Lippman returns to her series character, PI Tess Monaghan, and her home town of Baltimore.

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