Book review: Weave a Murderous Web by Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks

Authors: Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks

Genre: Crime Thriller

No. of pages: 218

Published by: Melange Books, LLC

Published on: 8th March 2016

My rating: ★★★★/5

"I disconnected and smiled to myself, thinking of Bryan and what Carmen had said. She wasn’t that far wrong in some ways. Time passes. One day you’re young, and then by the week and month you get older. Still, you wait and you wait, certain the right man will come along. When he finally does, are you able to act on it? Are you ready to give up all your petty accomplishments to have a family—a little girl like Courtney who is a part of you, body, mind, and soul?"


A New York corporate litigator named Jane Larson finds herself in a dangerous mess when she takes up a case as requested by a legal assistant, where Larry Hawkins, a divorced father stops paying child support for his only daughter. The former attorney of Jane's new client dies under mysterious circumstances and now Jane has to fight for her client Gail Hollings, who is an indifferent mother.

As Jane delves deeper into the case, she realizes that the case is much more than child support and hidden money. Larry is involved in drug dealing and steals money from the organization that puts him in danger's way. Even when Jane finds Larry's money hidden away in a bank, Jane knows that there's more.

So when Larry Hawkins is shot dead, Jane must find out who all are behind Larry's murder and why? Was it only because of the stolen money or was there a bigger motive? To add more to her misery, Jane finds out that her best friend Lee and her former partner David may be associated with Larry. Will Jane be able to free herself and her client from this web? Or will her quest to find the truth get her entangled in it?

About the protagonist:

The protagonist of this story is Jane Larson, a hotshot and intelligent attorney at Adams & Ridge, a law firm in New York. I admire Jane Larson and the way the authors have molded her character into a 'strong, independent woman' is applaud worthy. She is the kind of woman I aspire to be. She is no nonsense kind of a person at her work and is extremely dedicated towards her tasks. I could see her softer side when she decides to take up the case involving child support even when she knows that she won't be paid and her tougher side was visible when she refused back off from her case keeping her life at stake. I would definitely like to see more of Jane Larson.

Writing style:

The husband and wife duo Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks have presented a terrific thriller. Though the book has a slow start, it picks up pace sooner than you can imagine. I literally rummaged through the last fifty pages of the book. The climax is tremendous, and the authors has done full justice to the genre. There had been parts where I expected a little more detailed information about the situation or the background, but nevertheless I did enjoy reading the book.

About the book:

I fell in love with Jane Larson and her story. This book tells the story of a young woman who in spite of having a troublesome family life, is competent at her work and doesn't let it create any hindrance in her professional life. I also liked the funnier side of the book, with Jane's witty one-liners and sarcastic remarks and her tiff with the cops who were investigating Larry's murder. The book is action-packed and has airport chases and romance and everything you need in a thriller. If you need a good thriller that has a young lawyer in action, then this is the one.

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 series includes Weave A Murderous Web, Praise Her, Praise Diana, and Mind Me, Milady.

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I would like to thank the authors and Kelsey Butts from Book Publicity Services for giving me a review copy in exchange of an honest review. 


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