By a Spider's Thread

  • by Laura Lippman
  • Narrated by Linda Emond
  • 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mark Rubin's family is missing, and the police won't do a thing because all the evidence indicates his wife left willingly. The successful furrier turns to Tess Monaghan, hoping she can help him find his wife and three children. Tess doesn't know what to make of Rubin, a wealthy Orthodox Jew who doles out vitally important information in grudging dribs and drabs. According to Rubin, he and his beautiful wife, Natalie, had a flawless, happy marriage. Yet one day, without any warning or explanation, Natalie gathered up their children and vanished.Tess is able to locate the runaway wife and her stolen progeny, moving furtively from state to state, town to town, but the Rubins are not alone. A man is traveling with them, a stranger, described as "handsome" and "charming" but otherwise unremarkable to casual observers who have no way of sensing the fury beneath his smooth surface.
An intricate web of betrayal and vengeance is already beginning to unravel, as memory begets rage and rage leads to desperation...and murder. Suddenly much more than one man's future happiness and stubborn pride are in peril; the lives of three innocent children are dangling by the slenderest of threads.

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What the Critics Say



Romantic Times Award Winner - Best PI Novel, 2004
"Lippman delivers a smart, fast-paced, nuanced story that features a well-drawn supporting cast, including the endearing if dangerous city of Baltimore itself." (Publishers Weekly)
"Laura Lippman in her series featuring Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan just keeps getting better and better." (Houston Chronicle)
"Tess is feisty...And it is a joy to watch her come alive." (Washington Times)

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A nice find...

Just finished listening to this and can't wait to hear the next one - "To The Power of Three", (same excellent narrator too). You know the feeling you get when you've just finished a book by an author you previously knew nothing about but now can't wait to read all the books they've ever written? That's where I am now. Thanks Laura Lippman, I'm a fan!
To all the macho male readers: I confess I was doubtful about what I would get in a mystery novel about female private investigator written by a woman and narrated by a female. I was worried about an estrogen overdose in a usually male dominated genere. Not to worry guys, Ms Lippman writes at a level above the genre. The people and relationships feel real. The events are all plausible and follow normal logic - nothing like the usual cartoon characters, rediculous plot lines, and the 'I can see it coming' ending before the story even begins.
And the narrator, Linda Emond, was spot on perfect. Another nice discovery for me. Now I have to listen to all of her stuff too. The beginning of a beautiful relationship...Thanks
To Audible: Please give us more Laura Lippman and Linda Emond!
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- Steve

Great Fun

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The characters were well drawn and had distinct personalities. The story was compelling and kept me wanting to listen to more! I liked this one a lot more than the last John Grisham I listened to, which about put me to sleep!
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- Karen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2004
  • Publisher: HarperAudio