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Some of the seemingly happiest families have the darkest secrets…
A superbly tense thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of SUNBURN and LADY IN THE LAKE.

Natalie Rubin, middle-class Jewish wife and mother, has vanished. Worse, she has taken her three children with her. Her husband, Mark, is devastated. He loves her; and he thought she was happy. So 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 disturbing 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 with a mysterious past, a man whose values will challenge her own, and a family that knows how to keep its secrets …

BY A SPIDER’S THREAD is part tense thriller and part all-too-human drama about what families do to each other.

Reviews

Lippman exaines in depth the concept of marriage and the reasons why families fall apart.
GOOD BOOK GUIDE, December 2005
Lippman delivers a smart, fast-paced, nuanced story that features a well-drawn supporting cast, including the endearing if dangerous city of Baltimore itself ... there are some captivating touches here, including a criminal who studies the plots of crime novels in prison. Lippmann's many fans will be thrilled
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
BY A SPIDER'S THREAD [is] arguably the most complex, moving novel in her Tess Monaghan detective series
TIME OUT NEW YORK
Tess is feisty ... And it is a joy to watch her come alive
WASHINGTON TIMES
Both entertaining and unexpectedly touching. More Please
BALTIMORE SUN
Laura Lippman in her series featuring Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan just keeps getting better and better
HOUSTON CHRONICLE
A sense of place so unerring that it makes Baltimore everyone's hometown
KIRKUS
"Compulsively readable" may be a cliché, but it's a perfect description for this novel
TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL
The fast-paced, intelligent story involves a maze of betrayal, surprises and a murder
JEWISH WEEK
Again, Yes! To Tess
BALTIMORE SUN
One of the most polished and consistently interesting writers of detective fiction today
THE ECONOMIST
Lippman is a writing powerhouse
USA TODAY