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The Spider Catchers (Lee Carruthers #1) [Kindle Edition]

Marilynn Larew
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Fresh off the red-eye from Baghdad, CIA analyst Lee Carruthers has to hop an Air France flight to Morocco. Alicia Harmon has disappeared from her office in Fez after reporting that she has found a new line of money going to terrorists. When Lee gets to Fez, she can’t learn what Alicia knows because her files are encrypted, but she soon finds herself the target of attacks and may soon be the next one to disappear. When the Palace takes a hand, she knows it’s big. Her investigation reveals that an important Islamic charity is laundering money for terrorists, and the head of that charity sends her to join Alicia in a terrorist camp in the Algerian desert.

Editorial Reviews


"A solid introduction to a new thriller series." Kirkus Reviews

"This book was a riveting, read, and the onset of a sequel is cause for excitement." Chanticleer Reviews

There is plenty of action and suspense offered and the reader will be on the edge of their seat more than once.
~The Book Junkie

...a mystery that is gritty dealing with spies, terrorists, sex trade that keeps you guessing about who are the good guys and bad guys...I like Lee's character she is tough, does what is necessary and falls apart after the fact. She thinks on her feet.

A strong female protagonist, plenty of physical action and lively dialogue kept me turning the pages to discover what would happen next.
~Queen of All She Reads

[R]eally fine entertainment and launch of a new series. . . Authentic and action-packed.
~Leslie Gardner,

From the Back Cover

Sex, money, and terrorism
What do the violent takeover of Fez brothels and a new stream of terrorist funding have to do with the disappearance of Alicia Harmon from the Fez office of Femme Aid Maroc? When CIA analyst Lee Carruthers tries to find out, she is swept into a tangled web of dirty money and human trafficking, and people will kill to find out what Alicia knew. If only Lee knew. She's working blind, and in this case, ignorance is death.

Product Details

  • File Size: 936 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991091213
  • Publisher: Artemis Hunter Press (October 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G7Z4C7Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Money and Terrorism - a new Heroine emerges September 6, 2014
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Nebraska born author Marilynn Larew knows the many locales with which she laces her books: though THE SPIDER CATCHERS is the debut of her `Lee Carruther Series', book 2, DEAD IN DUBAI is out soon. Academically and career-wise she earned her PhD in American history and has taught all kinds of history at the college level, including basic American history, frontier history, the history of the Vietnamese war, and the history of terrorism. On her website she offers an interesting perspective on her literary sense and interests: ` I write thrillers right out of today's news. Although I live just over the Mason-Dixon Line in southern Pennsylvania, I love to travel - Hanoi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Cairo, and, of course, Paris and London. On a bad day, I'll even go to Philadelphia. In my books I want to take you to places like that and show you international crime and terrorism. My books deal with drug runners selling dreams and death, merchants of death selling weapons to all comers, and human traffickers selling women and children into modern day slavery. These businesses produce mountains of money that has to be washed so the profits can be used. Some of this money goes to terrorist groups determined to destroy us. Lee Carruthers, black money specialist for the CIA, follows the path of this illegal money to put these people out of business.'

Larew's writing style crackles with authenticity and credibility. She has created a striking new heroine in CIA analyst Lee Carruthers, a somewhat worn-out agent who somewhat begrudgingly takes on a new and important assignment.
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Lee Carruthers is sent to Fez, Morocco to find out what became of Alicia Harmon, a CIA analyst who has gone missing while investigating a potential new source of terrorist funds. So begins "The Spider Catchers," Marilynn Larew's first novel that deals with the battle between the CIA and terrorism.

Carruthers bemoans receiving the new mission so quickly after just returning from Baghdad. However, she heads back into the field without much persuasion. Once in Fez, she meets with a hostile reception. Each answer she finds only leads to more questions as to why Harmon believes an untouchable Islamic politician is funding a new group of terrorists. Carruthers is methodical in the way she follows each lead, always taking the next logical path.

While several characters play only incidental bit roles, Larew works hard to ensure between bombings and stakeouts that Carruthers' important contacts are emphasized. Still, certain characters are sometimes lost in her sea of informants. The plot never falters, even when Alicia Harmon's motivations are completely obscure to both Carruthers and the reader. The world is real with none of the antiseptic frequently found to ease the burden that comes with reading about terrorism.

Readers who love a clandestine novel will be pleased with the way Larew weaves her mystery. She allows Lee Carruthers to gather hints and suspicions, but keeps the overarching web of conspiracy shrouded as she builds the tension. A dash of romance coupled with a healthy splash of righteous anger, and "The Spider Catchers" carries itself quite well. As Carruthers closes in on what Harmon is investigating, the attacks on her become more frequent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable March 19, 2014
By Polly
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By the time I finished Spider Catchers, I was convinced Ms. Larew had to have been in the CIA. The scenario was too real. Not to sound sexist, but this is the type of book usually written by men with a macho hero. Lee Caruthers is a formidable heroine, and Ms. Larew pulls her off with style, wit, and believability. One review compared the book to early Ludlum. I've read all of Ludlum's early work, but Spider Catchers was more plausible even though the stakes were high. Looking forward to seeing what trouble Lee gets into in book two. Nice work, Ms. Larew.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Would make a great movie! February 15, 2014
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This is the first book in an intriguing new mystery suspense series featuring our main character, Lee Caruthers, a CIA analyst who seems to have had more than her share of assignments where she is risking her life. She is growing tired of field work and wants out but clearly that isn't meant to be at the start of this book. Lee is a strong character. She is fiercely independent, loyal to the right people, and hard to crack. She is tough on the outside when she needs to be but also just as vulnerable as an ordinary person on the inside. This was what gave her depth and made her appealing in the story. She still feels pain and compassion, and has nightmares about some of the things she has seen. She cares about the people she knows. She is an analyst who had a certain set of skills that allowed her to be put into dangerous places on dangerous assignments. I liked her a lot.

As the story begins, Lee is assigned to find Alicia Harmon, another agent who seemed to have stumbled onto something big and disappeared. She is sent to Fez, Morocco, which is the main setting of the story. Almost right away, several attempts are made on her life. She uses her contacts to help her find information to put her on Alicia's trail. One of these is Kemal, a pipe bar owner who is more than just a contact. Their relationship is complicated because of... well, a lot of things including geography, religious beliefs, etc. but it was refreshing to see that they truly cared about one another and used each other for comfort when they needed to. Aside from Kemal, there were quite a few minor characters who Lee comes into contact with throughout the story. Since this is the first story in a series, I'm betting some of the informants who had only a small part in this book will be seen again in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 'The Spider Catchers' is a good mystery/thriller novel
'The Spider Catchers' is a good mystery/thriller novel. I don't usually like stories surrendered by terrorists, but this book was doing a pretty good job at keeping me hooked. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jolanta Daab
4.0 out of 5 stars Reads like an early Ludlum
This novel reads like a good, early Ludlum. While at times the research was a little overwhelming, it didn't get in the way of my licking and turning pages. Read more
Published 11 months ago by D. J. Adamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed thriller
This book is exciting from page one. Protagonist Lee Carruthers is tough and street-smart, but her own tenacity draws her into deadly peril. Read more
Published 12 months ago by emilia_bassano
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the time.
Protagonist Lee Carruthers is a CIA Analyst with the cynicism of a noir private eye. I found Marilynn Larew's writing style engaging and the story entertained from start to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Glenn Muller
4.0 out of 5 stars Good

This is a mystery that is gritty dealing with spies, terrorists, sex trade that keeps you guessing about who are the good guys and bad guys. Read more
Published 12 months ago by rhonda
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue and Mystery
Definitely not a cozy mystery, Spider Catchers takes the reader to a third world country with different cultural morals. Read more
Published 12 months ago by c-lu
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good first book of a series
I'm in love with Lee Carruthers. Plain and simple, she is the gal for me. Great story. Great plot. Outstanding characters, except for Lee Carruthers, she is well above outstanding. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss "The Spider Catchers"
I cannot recommend this book more highly. Superlative cliches tumble from my mind. The only thing more thrilling than reading this thriller would be seeing any one of a number of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Carl Christie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, well written, and a strong protagonist.
Marilynn Larew`s novel “Spider Catchers” is a page turning adventure from the first paragraph. The protagonist, Lee Carruthers (a CIA operative) is an interesting, unpredictable,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
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MARILYNN LAREW spent ten years at the University of Maryland studying and teaching about terrorism, from Carlos and the Red Brigades to Al Qaeda. She spent an equally long time following the criminal money and underground political maneuvering that make terrorism possible around the world. In her first novel, THE SPIDER CATCHERS, Larew utilizes her knowledge and understanding of Mid-Eastern and Southeast Asian cultures to create her fearless character, Lee Caruthers, a woman who'll do whatever it takes to get the job done. Is Lee Caruthers based on Marilynn Larew? She'll never tell.

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