Weave a Murderous Web, by Anne Rothman Hicks and Ken Hicks

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A Book Review

A Weaving Story Indeed

Jane Larson, a successful attorney in New York City, has just won a big case for her firm. It isn’t her first. She’s done so well it is expected she will be the next partner. Everything is looking good.

Pleased, ready to celebrate, she isn’t thrilled when a friend, a clerk at the company, asks her for a favor. Just a quick visit to the court to represent a woman whose attorney had just died. Would that it were to be that simple. It isn’t a case she would take—divorce and child support—not her specialty at all. Yet all attorneys are expected to do some pro-bono work, so she agrees to the preliminary appearance.

That was her first mistake

What follows takes Jane on a dangerous search where friends, clients, and enemies overlap far too closely.  All over a suitcase filled with money. Really?  Her client, Gail, recently divorced from her husband, knows he has money to pay child support. She wants it. Yet that too, seems to be the least of it.

Is there money hidden? If so, where did it come from? And of course, where is it?  That’s what the young attorney is determined to learn. There is a murderer out there who is willing to silence anyone connected with that money.

It becomes far more complicated the further she goes. Hidden files, conflicting cases, lies from every direction, and even those closest to her have their own agendas.

Set in the locale of New York City,  the descriptions will take you there.  The authors, living in New York City themselves, clearly know their city. The characters fit there perfectly.  They are well described, especially Jane. Strong and independent, determined and successful, still caring and reaching for what is right and fair.

The other characters are not so strong, though well developed and depicted. It is a cast with many flaws, each of whom leads in as many twisting directions, all the way up to the finale. Who will live and who will die? It is quite difficult to tell.

I hope you will read it.  You’ll be tuned in until you figure out the truth, right there beside Jane.

 

Praise:

“A sleuthing lawyer returns to the streets of New York in this mystery of drugs, murder, and financial skullduggery… the husband-wife team of Rothman-Hicks and Hicks has again produced a fast-paced, engaging story… overall, this is a satisfying read. An enjoyable romp involving a shady attorney and the mob that should make readers look forward to the next Jane Larson caper.” – Kirkus

“The action is breathtaking and the writing beautiful. Weave a Murderous Web: A Jane Larson Novel is a story that reminds me of the characters of John Grisham’s Gray Mountain… Jane Larson is the kind of character that will be loved by many readers… The plot is well thought out and masterfully executed, laced with numerous surprises to keep readers turning the pages. This is one of those books that should occupy an enviable place in your shelf if you are into fast-paced thrillers and compelling investigative stories.” – 5 Stars, Ruffina Oserio, Readers’ Favorite

“MURDEROUS WEB is a classic whodunit with classic New York City characters.” – Gimme That Book

“Weave a Murderous Web is an enthralling murder mystery. It gets your heart pounding with action and passion, while simultaneously entangling your mind with its ambiguity. The dynamic duo has done it again. The husband and wife writing team of Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks pens another on-the-edge-of-your seat murder mystery. Engaging. Witty. Fast paced. I love the Hicks’ contemporary writing style. The narrative is full of delightful metaphorical statements. The setting takes you into the heart of New York City – it reflects just the right amount of ambiance… As the plot progresses, the intensity heightens, catapulting you into a surprising twist, then plummets you into a sudden, yet satisfying end.” – 5 Stars, Cheryl E. Rodriguez, Readers’ Favorite

“Weave a Murderous Web involves a hotshot Wall Street lawyer who is a sassy, cynical New Yorker through and through. To help out a friend, she gets involved in a seamy matrimonial case that quickly pulls her into a vortex of murder, drugs, and dangerous games of deception.” – The Big Thrill

“Weave a Murderous Web is a smart and entertaining mystery by Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks that will leave lovers of the genre anxiously waiting for another installment starring the intrepid protagonist, Jane Larson… Weave a Murderous Web has plenty to keep the reader engaged as Jane digs in her heels, determined to get to the truth. Witty dialogue, supported by great writing and some understated humor, makes this book not only a must-read – but also a darned good one!” – 5 Stars, Marta Tandori, Readers’ Favorite

About the Authors:

Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks have been collaborating on books for forty-six years.  Their first joint effort was a student project while Anne was at Bryn Mawr College and Ken attended Haverford. Since then, they have written over twenty books together. They are members of International Thriller Writers. They live and work in New York City, where many of their books are set.Their Jane Larson series of mystery/thrillers involves a high-powered New York City attorney with a penchant for getting involved in situations that she would be better off leaving alone. These novels have been praised by reviewers for their gritty portrayals of city life, lively characters, fast action, surprise endings and highly polished prose. Jane is cynical and rebellious, but she finds herself drawn to the simple life her deceased mother lived as an attorney who served women unable to afford legal services. The first two books in the series are Weave A Murderous Web and Praise Her, Praise Diana, both published by Melange Books, LLC. A third novel, Mind Me, Milady, will be published in early 2017.Readers can connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.To learn more, go to http://randh71productions.com/blog/

 


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