By Laura Lippman
Deepest investigator Tess Monaghan doesn't recognize fairly what to make of her new shopper, Mark Rubin-a prosperous Orthodox Jew who refuses to shake her hand and doles out very important info in grudging dribs and drabs. The profitable Baltimore furrier claims he and his appealing spouse had a ideal, chuffed marriage. but someday, all at once, Natalie collected up their youngsters and vanished-and the police can't do something simply because all of the proof shows she left willingly.
But the deeper Tess digs, the extra she suspects that the cause at the back of Natalie's reckless flight lies someplace within the hole among what Rubin won't say and what he refuses to think. An complicated net of betrayal and vengeance is already starting to get to the bottom of, as reminiscence begets rage, and rage begets desperation . . . and homicide. And abruptly the lives of 3 blameless youngsters are dangling via the slenderest of threads.
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First, Obata called his steward, Gozaemon. He was a hereditary vassal who had served the family for forty-one years. “I never heard any rumors to that effect during your father’s tenure, milord,” he said emphatically. ” Next, several young junior retainers were questioned. They were mere hired help, however, and newcomers as well, so of course they knew nothing. After that, the maidservants were called in. They said it was the first they’d heard of it, and sat there trembling in fear. The investigation was leading nowhere.
The next day, he went to Obata’s residence and found the master at home. Omitting all references to Hanshichi, he spoke as though he had investigated the matter entirely on his own, proudly announcing his findings concerning the storybook and the priest. He saw Obata’s expression cloud over as he listened. Omichi was immediately summoned before her husband. He thrust a copy of Tales of the Macabre at her and interrogated her closely. ” he demanded. Omichi paled and was unable to utter a word. “I know all about that Jōenji priest’s corrupt and depraved ways.
The inevitable consequence was the creation of an entire class that excelled at idleness and license. Most younger sons were mere playboys. The whole lot of them simply sat around and waited for something to come along to alleviate their boredom. Uncle K, having been born into this unfortunate class, was a prime candidate for a task like the one Obata had consulted him about. Naturally, he accepted it eagerly. Then he got down to thinking. These were no longer the days of old when a legendary figure such as Kintoki12 would keep a solemn vigil at the bedside of his lord, Yorimitsu.
By a Spider's Thread (Tess Monaghan, Book 8) by Laura Lippman