|Title:||By A Spider's Thread|
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|Category:||Thrillers and Suspense|
|Publisher:||Orion mass market paperback; New Ed edition (November 3, 2005)|
This story begins when an orthodox Jewish man, Mark Rubin, hires Tess to trace his missing wife Natalie who has disappeared with their three children, a boy on the brink of adolescence, Isaac, and younger, boygirl twins. It transpires that Natalie has taken off with another man, Zeke.
By a Spider’s Thread has a large cast, but even the minor characters are fleshed out in an effective manner. The heart of this novel, though, lies in the evolving relationship of Tess Monaghan and Mark Rubin. Initially, Rubin comes across as rigid and reserved, but as the investigation proceeds, he and Tess have a series of utterly engrossing conversations during which he allows the mask to slip. We all agreed that it’s been a real pleasure to watch Laura Lippman grow as a writer over the years. Marge has observed that she’s a great ambassador for Baltimore, and I think that’s very true. What the Dead Know (2007) has won award after award, but IMHO, By a Spider’s Thread is just as good, and just as rewarding a reading experience.
It had a good plot that kept it supspenseful to the very end but I didn't like any of the characters including Tess. While reading this book, it seemed like I was enrolled in a class about Orthodox Judaism. Most of the characters were Jewish so there didn't need to be so much discussions between one another about their Judaism. Natalie was the beautiful wife who disappeared with her children leaving her husband Mark wondering where they all were. She accepts a request from Baltimore furrier to locate his wife, who has vanished, taking their children with her. He's broken hearted, and is willing to think only the best of his young wife, even though he knows all about her family's lurid history.
BY A SPIDER'S THREAD (Tess Monaghan About the Book. Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan-first introduced in the classic Baltimore Blues-must track down a missing wife and unravel the secrets in her marriage that led her to flee. Mark Rubin's family is missing-and the police won't get involved because all the evidence indicates that his wife left willingly.
Laura Lippman in her series featuring Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan just keeps getting better and better. By a Spider’s Thread-arguably the most complex, moving novel in her Tess Monaghan detective series. The fast-paced, intelligent story involves a maze of betrayal, surprises and a murder. This was the only Lippman book that I simply could not finish. I never has one sense of dramatic tension or plot complexity. It was formulaic, predictable and ponderous.
By a Spider's Thread. 4 5 Author: Laura Lippman Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat. So the successful Baltimore furrier turns to Tess Monaghan, hoping she can help him find his wife and three children. Tess doesn't quite know what to make of Rubin, who 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 .
Lippman also nicely blends in one of the characters, Police Detective Nancy Porter, from her standalone novel, Every Single Thing. In this book too, Tess for the first time taps into the new national internet-driven network of female investigators called SnoopSisters. Set up by Gretchen O’Brien, a character from a previous book, this network provides indispensable help for Tess in locating Natalie.