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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,355 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Lippman Narrator: Linda Emond Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nell | 2/16/2014

    " Another solid mystery from Lippman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 2/13/2014

    " The eighth in the highly enjoyable Tess Monaghan series. In this one, Tess sees another aspect of her Irish Catholic/Jewish background. The client is an orthodox Jew who won't even shake her hand because she is a woman. In trying to find his wife, who has to all intents and purposes flown the coop with his children, Tess uncovers ever deepening layers of deceit and betrayal which ultimately descend into hatred and violence. Some readers have objected to the complexity of the plot and the arcane references to orthodox Jewish customs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzan | 2/11/2014

    " I'm listening to this book on tape and the reader is Barbara Rosenblat she is wonderful. I have not been a fan of this series but Barbara is changing that. I hope Barbara does more of this series really enjoyed listening to this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josephine | 1/31/2014

    " As with all of Laura Lippman'b books, I loved this one. Her plotting and characterization are wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth Rogerson | 1/28/2014

    " Found this at work during the JCC Book Fair. Go figure, another "jewish" discovery. I'm really bad at this. "Sinfeld is Jewish???" Anyway, the orthodox family plot twist was fun. The first non-Tess book I've read and liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 1/26/2014

    " It was fast paced and gripping enough that I had to take an extra ten minutes at lunch because lunch was over but there were still a few pages to go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Moss | 1/25/2014

    " Definitely not my favorite Laura Lippman book, but it was interesting. I wish there had been more mystery. It seemed like there was nothing to figure out, really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 1/20/2014

    " Another good read in the Tess Monagahan series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janette | 1/11/2014

    " I don't like stories about children being hurt, kidnapped etc. So this was bothering me and I didn't want to read it at first. The plot was a lot easier to follow than her usual ones, not complicated, and it ends well. Definately not great though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 12/14/2013

    " I may read another of these. I liked Tess, but there was just a bit more swearing and adult content than I like, but a good mystery, fun to figure out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 11/29/2013

    " I love her. That's all there is to it. Like The Wire and other Baltimore-based stuff, there's just something about the town, and Tess is a fantastic hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette Meier | 11/25/2013

    " A less frantic mystery in the series - a nice turn. Though you know who "did it", the building of the clues and case was more interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kellie | 11/20/2013

    " Didn't realize this book was in the middle of a series! I hate it when that happens.. it seems all her stories could be good if she moved things a little quicker... they are somewhat slow to action... but yet I continue to read them.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena | 11/12/2013

    " The beginning was a bit slow, but after that the book was difficult to put down. I really enjoyed the books I have read by this author so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Boyette | 9/10/2013

    " A thriller with several plot twists. It's a good one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 PhoenixHearse | 9/6/2013

    " Found it increasingly difficult to follow the book's numerous Jewish references. Gave up and stopped reading halfway through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 3/19/2013

    " The eighth book in the Tess Monaghan series. Good characters, well developed plot. Some insight into jewish traditions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 10/27/2012

    " Continuing series with Baltimore Private Eye Tess Monaghan. Great story, more development for returning characters. I like reading these since they often feature Baltimore locations prominently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 8/31/2012

    " Lippman grows stronger with every book - I like the way that this one unfolds slowly without sleight-of-hand or cheap tricks. Lippman knows how to stand back a little bit and let her characters just be natural in furthering the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 8/13/2012

    " Another preposterous plot, the second in a row. I hope that Lippman brings back the supporting cast that made previous Monaghan mysteries fun and kept the story on just this side of plausibility. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 7/16/2012

    " Quick, easy mystery read; not much thought involved but definitely entertaining. This is the first I've read in the Tess Monahan series; while it stands alone and makes sense, I wish I'd read the others first since there were quite a few references to past happenings and characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/29/2012

    " I heard this author on NPR and thought she sounded good... I found this book very mediocre with too much junk to recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacie | 1/21/2012

    " First book I have read by Lippmann. It was ok, I will try another one soon as see if I am going to like her writing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 12/13/2011

    " I really enjoy Lippman's Tess series, and this was no exception. Great vacation reading! I do wish, though, that this book had a bit more about Tess's personal life, and more of the secondary characters that make the series fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 9/28/2011

    " i think this one was my favorite so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 5/16/2011

    " I thought it was pretty good. It had a simple plot line and it was very intriguing from the beginning. The plotline was very much like a spider's web it grabbed the reader from the very first page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette | 5/15/2011

    " Another very good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 5/11/2011

    " This novel has a great deal of information to offer about a number of aspects of different cultures about which the reader may be unaware. Although we don’t spend much time examining Tess and her life, we gain a lot in the trade.

    Rating: 3.5/5
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 5/3/2011

    " Lippman's heroine, investigator Tess Monaghan shows off her Jewish side with this novel about a runaway Jewish Orthodox wife, her three children, and the husband determined to get them back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " Okay Tess, not the best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 3/20/2011

    " Lippman definitely knows how to hold my interest and keep me turning the pages. I was not thrilled with the ending...but it was a good story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/9/2011

    " This is the same main character in the Girl in the Green Raincoat.
    It was an enjoyable mystery (?)- a quick easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 2/13/2011

    " One of the best Tess Monaghan books, this one concerns the disappearance of the wife and two children of a wealthy Orthodox Jewish furrier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/1/2011

    " It is nice to discover a new commute worthy author. Littman's writing is strong, her characters meaningful, and her plots engaging. Good enough to make me forget to quit my job for another day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 1/28/2011

    " This was my first book by Laura Lippman and I thought it was well written and an interesting story that kept my attention. I did not realize this is part of a series. I will have to check out others in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josephine | 10/16/2010

    " As with all of Laura Lippman'b books, I loved this one. Her plotting and characterization are wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 9/30/2010

    " The private investigator Tess was funny and interesting. The book was fast paced and held my interest as more and more of the character's lives was revealed. I would like to read more in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 8/23/2010

    " I have to rate this one 5 stars, because while it is very good, it is also set in my neighborhood! Which is the best part, because it is so accurate and plausible. "

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About the Author
Author Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at the Baltimore Sun. She began writing novels while working full time and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers, and her work has been awarded the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards. She has also been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Baltimore Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. Ms. Lippman lives in Baltimore.

About the Narrator

Linda Emond is an award-winning actress of stage, film, television, and audiobook narration. Her performances on Broadway earned her nominations for the Tony Award in 2003 and 2012 and for the Drama Desk Award in 1997 and 2002. She was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for her roles in plays at theaters in Chicago. Her film credits include roles in Julie & Julia, Dark Water, and Across the Universe, among others. Her television credits include such series as Elementary, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: SVU, as well as movies such as A Dog Named Christmas. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, winning three Earphones Awards and being named a finalist four times for the prestigious Audie Award. In 2011 she was named by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense for her reading of Flash and Bones.