Mark Rubin's family is missing-and the police won't get involved because all the evidence indicates that his wife left willingly. 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. Yet one day, without any warning or explanation, Natalie gathered up their children and vanished. Tapping into a network of fellow investigators spread across the country, Tess is soon able to locate the runaway wife and the children who have been moving furtively from state to state, town to town. But the Rubins are not alone. A mysterious man is traveling with them, a stranger described by witnesses as "handsome" and "charming" but otherwise unremarkable. And the deeper Tess digs, the more she suspects that the motive behind Natalie's reckless flight lies somewhere in the gap between what Rubin will not say and what he refuses to believe. An intricate web of betrayal and vengeance is already beginning to unfold, as memory begets rage, and rage begets desperation.and murder. Suddenly, much more than one man's future happiness and stubborn pride are in peril. For the lives of three innocent children are dangling by the slenderest of threads.
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by Laura Lippman
"The wife of an Orthodox Jewish furrier disappears with their three children. He's sure foul play is involved. Using the Internet and a network of dedicated female investigators, Jewish-Irish PI Tess Monaghan, of Baltimore, tracks the fugitive family and uncovers a shockingly complex plot. Barbara Rosenblat's impressive vocal range and flawless accents breathe humanity into all the characters, even those only briefly met. Whether delivering the slightest hint of Baltimore in one character's speech patterns or the broader Russian accents of another, she does so with the artistry of the master voice actor she is. In her eighth Tess Monaghan mystery, award-winning author Laura Lippman offers a fas-cinating look at the world of Orthodox Judaism, as well as a chilling reminder of how deeply held resentments destroy lives. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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