From Publishers Weekly
Tess Monaghan is back. After last years haunting standalone novel Every Secret Thing, Lippman returns with her eighth installment in an award-winning crime series. This time out the determined reporter-turned-private detective agrees to help a handsome but off-puttingly rigid Orthodox Jewish furrier Mark Ruben find his missing wife and children. Monaghan was recommended to the uptight furrier by her Jewish uncle, who spent years working with Ruben in a volunteer program that instructed Jewish prisoners in Jewish rituals and traditions. Ruben makes Monaghan feel as if she knows nothing about being Jewish, even though her mothers family is Jewish. He also makes her feel as if she knows nothing about commitment. About the only thing that makes her like Ruben is the cash hes willing to pay her up front. As weeks go by, Monaghan uncovers a tangle of lies and dark plans that reveal that Rubens gorgeous young Russian Jewish bride is anything but innocent. Yet much to Monaghans amazement, nothing seems to dim Rubens faith in his own tradition or to rock his sense of his role and responsibilities as a husband and a father. Lippman delivers a smart, fast-paced, nuanced story that features a well-drawn supporting cast, including the endearing if dangerous city of Baltimore itself. Lippmans bad guys never become as interesting as her good guys, but there are some captivating touches here, including a criminal who studies the plots of crime novels in prison. Lippmanns many fans will be thrilled.
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“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)