Friday, January 12, 2018

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

No good deed goes unpunished. When Jane Larson—a hot-shot litigator for a large firm in New York City—helps out a friend, she is sucked into the unfamiliar world of divorce and child support. 

Jane's discovery of the deadbeat dad’s hidden assets soon unravels a web of lies, drugs, and murder that keeps getting more dangerous.

Soon, Jane is involved in a high stakes race to recover a missing suitcase of cash and catch the murderer before she becomes the next victim.



Weave a Murderous Web was as thrilling a book as I've ever read.  Now I love espionage thrillers (Bond, for example), but it represents a world that most of us will never experience, although we might like to.  WAMW shows us that this too can happen in our neighborhoods.  Anyone can get in over their heads.  Any situation has the potential to escalate.

A friend of Jane's talks this high-priced NYC lawyer into taking a divorce that is rapidly becoming less than friendly.  The first time Jane actually lays eyes on her client, she has dressed herself and her daughter in flesh-colored body suits and barrels!  And all of this was orchestrated by a tv reporter known to 'embellish' her stories for publicity and notoriety.  The client is no Disney Princess either.  (I felt sorry for the daughter from the first time we 'meet' her.

It seems the soon to be divorced mom is convinced her husband is hiding the bulk of his wealth in order not to have to share it with her. She's so concerned that she 'get the money that is hers' with no thought to 'maybe it could give my daughter a better life'.

But how did the husband earn whatever money he had?  Because it certainly wasn't how he claimed he was employed.  Then Mama Spider spins threads that seem to connect Larry (aka the deadbeat dad) to the Russian mob.

In fact, so much happens, coming in from various sources, that it could be hard for Jane to avoid getting caught in the web herself.  But, luckily for Jane, and for us, the authors are great storytellers and we have no trouble following the threads from one part of the book to another.

The further I got into WAMW, the harder it was to put down.  I can hardly wait to get another book by these authors!



Randh71productions has a very simple origin.  The R is for Rothman, Anne Rothman to be precise.  The H is for Hicks, and that would be Ken Hicks.  These two were married in 1971, which is the date they have used for the business name, although they actually began their collaboration in college when they joined in an independent study class to write a children's book, about which concept Haverford College had no problem, but which project caused Bryn Mawr all sorts of conniptions.  "How will we give you a grade?" they asked.  Which says it all about the difference between Haverford and Bryn Mawr, at least in those days when dinosaurs still walked the earth.

We have been writing books together for quite a while, with varying degrees of success.  If you try really hard, you can find Theft of the Shroud, a paperback published by Dell.  We also wrote a series of books on children's names and a book on the Stars called, Starfinder.  We keep writing because we enjoy it and we never stop hoping that someone, someday, will see something we wrote and say, "Where have you been hiding all these years?"  We plan to answer, "In plain sight."


(Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the authors and publishers in exchange for my honest review.)


  1. This sounds like a perfect book for me. My sister would love it too!

  2. Thank you for taking the time to read our book carefully and to post a review. Anne and I appreciate it.