“For sheer storytelling power-and breathtaking pace- Clark is without peer.” – People
“ Clark is a flawless storyteller…” – Washington Post Book World
“Mary Higgins Clark has become the grande dame of American thriller writing…” – Los Angeles Times Book Review
“No one knows better than Mary Higgins Clark how to turn fear into great entertainment. To mystery fans, she is a true national treasure.” – Associated Press
“There’s no denying Mary Higgins Clark’s formidable storytelling powers…” – The New York Times Book Review
“Mary Higgins Clark, like Alfred Hitchcock before her, stakes out a claim to a kind of fear that is absolutely terrifying because it bubbles under the surface of ordinary lives.” – Cosmopolitan
Talented Erich Krueger seemed like the answer to Jenny's prayers, but after their marriage, she began to notice his obsession with his dead mother, and his possessiveness. Stumbling across old family secrets about a string of deaths, Jenny fears for herself and her children.
A classic Christmas tale from the bestselling Queen of Suspense At the heart of the novel are two of Mary Higgins Clark's most loved characters: Alvirah, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, and her husband, Willy, who are caught up in a Christmas mystery that calls on all of their skills and experience. Willy has been looking forward to playing Santa at the after-school centre recently set up to care for the children of working parents on New York's Upper West Side, and Alvirah has been busy with rehearsals for the Christmas pageant. But suddenly a shadow falls upon the Christmas cheer. The centre is threatened with closure, a substitute promised for the play is mysteriously withdrawn, a valuable chalice is stolen from a neighborhood church, and a desperate young woman turns up, begging for Alvirah's help in finding the baby she abandoned seven years earlier. In a final blow, the young girl who is to play Mary in the Christmas pageant disappears… A missing child. A stolen chalice. A desperate mother. Can Alvirah reach the truth in time for Christmas?
Ellie Cavanaugh miała zaledwie siedem lat, kiedy jej starsza siostra Andrea została w brutalny sposób zamordowana. Zwłoki dziewczyny znaleziono w starym garażu w pobliżu rezydencji bogatej, szanowanej pani Westerfield w Oldham, spokojnym miasteczku nad rzeką Hudson w nowojorskim hrabstwie Westchester. Zeznanie Elli doprowadziło do skazania Roba Westerfielda, wnuka starej damy, z którym potajemnie spotykała się Andrea. Kiedy po dwudziestu dwóch latach morderca stara się o zwolnienie warunkowe z więzienia, Ellie, obecnie reporterka gazety w Atlancie, protestuje przeciwko złagodzeniu wyroku. Mimo to Rob Westerfield wychodzi na wolność i próbuje wznowić proces, chcąc odzyskać dobre imię. Przekonana o jego winie Ellie rozpoczyna prywatne śledztwo. Jej kolejne odkrycia rzucają nowe światło na okoliczności śmierci siostry, ale i nieuchronnie przybliżają dociekliwą dziennikarkę do konfrontacji z mordercą.
Neeve Kearny, córka emerytowanego komisarza nowojorskiej policji, jest właścicielką drogiego butiku z wytwornymi strojami od znanych projektantów. Do najlepszych jej klientek należy Ethel Lambston, znana pisarka i publicystka o złośliwym piórze. Gdy Ethel przez kilka dni nie odbiera zamówionej garderoby, Neeve zaczyna się niepokoić. Wielu ludzi, wśród nich były mąż pisarki i zachłanny bratanek, ucieszyłoby się, gdyby autorka kontrowersyjnych artykułów zniknęła na zawsze. Złe przeczucia Neeve potwierdzają się – w parku stanowym zostaje znalezione ciało zamordowanej Ethel. Neeve, będąca ważnym świadkiem w śledztwie, uczestniczy w skomplikowanym dramacie chciwości, ambicji i bezwzględnego dążenia do rozgłosu. Nie wie, że jej samej również zagraża śmiertelne niebezpieczeństwo.
When Kay Lansing marries wealthy widower Peter Carrington, she is well aware of the rumours surrounding the mysterious death of Peter's first wife Grace, who was found floating in the family pool ten years ago, pregnant at the time. Kay also discovers that Peter is a chronic sleepwalker who suffers from periodic nightmares. When the police arrive at her doorstep with a warrant for Peter's arrest in connection with another murder – that of a woman Peter had escorted to a high school senior prom twenty-two years ago – Kay begins to fear that she has married a sleepwalking murderer, and she resolves to find out the truth behind the puzzling deaths. But are the two deaths linked? And why does a melody that Kay cannot identify keep playing in her head every time she approaches the family chapel?
From Publishers Weekly
The latest from the Clark suspense factory has a spunky New Jersey prosecutor, Kerry McGrath, as its heroine in danger. Kerry has taken an interest in a 10-year-old murder case, in which Skip Reardon had been found guilty of slaying his beautiful wife, Suzanne, and has since been pleading his innocence from his jail cell. When Kerry's small daughter, Robin, goes to a New York plastic surgeon after a car crash, it is apparent that Dr. Smith, who was Suzanne's father, is weird. He seems to be fashioning the faces of young women to resemble his dead daughter?and it was his testimony that sent Skip to jail. Kerry's interest in the case (and her parallel interest in Skip's good-guy lawyer) may harm her chances of a judgeship, and it also draws the ominous attention of another possible suspect, James Weeks, a wealthy real-estate magnate with rumored mob connections. Then there's elegant, tasteful art burglar Jason Arnott, who had also known Suzanne… As usual, Clark 's plot, unfolded in dozens of short chapters, is convoluted, full of red herrings and finally wrapped up with a villain out of left field. The writing is crisp but colorless, characterization minimal, atmosphere nonexistent; but the cozy evocation of a deserving damsel in distress who attains a happy ending seems never to disappoint her legions of fans.
Erin and Darcy, answering personal ads as research for a TV show, discover a New York subculture of adulterers, con-men, the shy and the weird – all looking for love. And one man looking for something darker – a serial killer who has survived for 15 years, and has promised himself two more murders.
Jako trzyletnie dziecko Patricia Traymore przeżyła koszmar: jej rodzice zginęli zastrzeleni w niewyjaśnionych okolicznościach, a ciężko ranna dziewczynka długo walczyła o życie w najlepszych waszyngtońskich szpitalach. Po latach, jako znana dziennikarka telewizyjna, powraca do Waszyngtonu, aby zrealizować program o senator Abigail Jennings, pierwszej kobiecie mającej szansę zostać wiceprezydentem Stanów Zjednoczonych. Przede wszystkim jednak Pat chce poznać prawdę o tragicznej śmierci rodziców. Ale jest ktoś, komu nie podoba się pomysł nakręcenia filmu o bezkompromisowej pani senator i kto uczyni wszystko, aby powstrzymać dociekliwą dziennikarkę przed ujawnieniem tajemnic z przeszłości.
El Royal Mermaid es el flamante buque que sirve de escenario a Mary Higgins, una vez mas acompañada de la pluma de su hija Carol, para contarnos una historia de suspense, e intriga, y porque no tambien cargada de humor, el anfitrion del crucero de lujo, ha querido invitar a personas que tienen algo en común, estan comprometidas con nobles causas humanitarias.
Entre tanto filántopo, tambien han recibido una invitación de navidad para formar parte del pasaje, la detective amateur Alvirah Meehan y la investigadora privada Regan Reilly, ambas acompañadas por sus maridos, uno de los cuales no es otro que el jefe de brigada Jack Reilly.
Para que la trama se pueda sustentar, dos peligrosos criminales fugados, a quienes ayuda el hijo del capitan, se disfrazan de Papá Noel, para pasar desapercibidos, una fuerte tormenta azota el barco, y una pasajera dice haber visto el fantasma de un famoso escritor, un pasajero acecha una valiosisima antigüedad, que será arrojada al mar en una ceremonia fúnebre.
Repleta de humor y suspense, la novela te atrapa desde el principio, nuestros protagonistas iran uniendo las piezas que los llevaran a desentrañar el ‘ misterio en alta mar’ y no se puede hacer otra cosa que esperar el desenlace final, a la vez conmovedor y espeluznante, que tiene lugar la última noche del año.
Maggie Holloway is unsatisfied with the explanation for her former stepmother's death, and when the residents of a nursing home begin dying suddenly and inexplicably she becomes suspicious. It is only later that she realizes she herself is a target for a twisted killer.
Nicholas Spencer, szef prężnej spółki farmaceutycznej Gen-stone, jest postrzegany jako dynamiczny menedżer, który całą energię i siły poświęca leku przeciwko nowotworom. Pierwsze wyniki prac są wręcz rewelacyjne, ale kolejne badania nie potwierdzają początkowych sukcesów i firmie Gen-stone grozi bankructwo. Gdy pilotowany przez Spencera samolot spada do morza u wybrzeży Portoryko, charyzmatyczny biznesmen zostaje uznany za cynicznego oszusta, który upozorował własną śmierć. Marcia DeCarlo, zatrudniona w "Wall Street Weekly", zamierza napisać obiektywną historię Nicholasa Spencera. Dociekliwość dziennikarki psuje komuś szyki, kto nie cofnie się nawet przed zbrodnią, aby móc zrealizować swój podstępny, złowrogi plan.
The definition of an owl had always pleased him: a night bird of prey…sharp talons and soft plumage which permits noiseless flight…applied figuratively to a person of nocturnal habits. 'I am The Owl', he would whisper to himself after he had selected his prey, 'and nighttime is my time.'"
Jean Sheridan, a college dean and prominent historian, sets out to her hometown to attend the twenty-year reunion of Stonecroft Academy alumni, where she is to be honored along with six other members of her class. There is something uneasy in the air: one woman in the group about to be feted, Alison Kendall, a beautiful, high-powered Hollywood agent, drowned in her pool during an early-morning swim. Alison is the fifth woman in the class whose life has come to a sudden, mysterious end.
Adding to Jean's sense of unease is a taunting, anonymous fax she received, referring to her daughter – a child she had given up for adoption twenty years ago.
At the award dinner, Jean is introduced to Sam Deegan, a detective obsessed by the unsolved murder of a young woman who may hold the key to the identity of the Stonecroft killer. Jean does not suspect that among the distinguished people she is greeting is The Owl, a murderer nearing the countdown on his mission of vengeance against the Stonecroft women who had mocked and humiliated him, with Jean as his final victim.
From The Washington Post
As pointed out in Book World's May 2 Summer Forecast, readers hardly need to be reminded that Mary Higgins Clark's latest spring offering is here. Nighttime Is My Time brings to 29 the number of novels to bear her name, novels that have routinely graced bestseller lists and earned her numerous awards and the title Queen of Suspense. It is equally significant that Clark, an icon in the mystery field, has been generous with her time and attention to numerous younger writers, as evidenced by an award she and her publisher have sponsored since 2001 to recognize new talented authors, including Barbara D'Amato, Judith Kelman, Rose Conners and M.K. Preston, who follow the vein of suspense Clark has so expertly mined.
In a recent interview, Clark attributed her popularity to readers' ability to "walk in the shoes of the character." In the guidelines for eligibility to win the award that bears her name, Clark spells out the makings of a good suspense novel: "A very nice young woman, 27-38 or so, whose life is suddenly invaded. She is not looking for trouble – she is doing exactly what she should be doing. She solves her problem by her own courage and intelligence. She's in an interesting job. She's self-made – independent – has primarily good family relationships. No on-scene violence. No four-letter words or explicit sex scenes."
Nighttime Is My Time hews to this formula by creating an admirable protagonist, Jean Sheridan, a historian and author of a well-received book on Abigail Adams, then adds other elements to which virtually every reader can relate. Jean is returning to her hometown to be honored at the 20-year reunion of her class at Stonecroft Academy, a private school in upstate New York. But one of the six other honorees won't be attending the festivities. Hollywood agent Alison Kendall has been murdered in the book's opening pages by a man who had the resources to travel repeatedly to Los Angeles to stalk her before he drowned her in her own swimming pool.
Alison's death strikes Jean hard. The two had been friends and part of a group of girls known for lunching together, their good looks and their cruelty to boys in the school. Typical high school behavior perhaps, but, like the boys of Columbine, Alison's killer has nursed a grudge over how the girls taunted him, most specifically for taking advantage of his stage fright when he played an owl in a school play. This murderer's vengeance, planned and implemented over two decades, calls for killing each lunch-table girl, and other unrelated women, and leaving no "signature" to alert law enforcement, save the little pewter owls he places undetected near their bodies, a "silent reminder of his visit, a calling card that everybody always missed." And although he readily admits to himself that Jean was the only girl who was kind to him, in fact had enough family problems of her own to have been ridiculed herself, our serial killer (who calls himself, unsurprisingly, The Owl) has decided she too must die.
A reunion saddened by the tragic loss of a friend, a loss readers know is murder; the resourceful, successful heroine who has risen to the heights of her profession but must struggle to save herself and her daughter from the killer; the disappearance of actress Laura Wilcox, another honoree, before the reunion is over; a stalking serial killer who sits among the unsuspecting as a classmate and friend – Clark enlists these and other trademark devices to ratchet up the empathy and suspense.
While her fans may be delighted as the red herrings and misdirections pile up in chapters so short that their white space consumes a hefty percentage of the novel's pages, for this reader so much exposure to the killer's habits, thoughts and actions undermines the novel's plausibility. While he may call himself The Owl and wear a frightening feathered headdress, it's unlikely that the kidnapped Laura wouldn't allow herself to say his name, even to herself, regardless of his admonitions not to speak it aloud. Implausible, too, is Sam Deegan, an about-to-retire veteran investigator in the D.A.'s office, whose inability to link past and present crimes is troubling. So is his tendency to share information with suspects and people unassociated with the case, including a nosy reporter for the high school paper whose sole purpose seems to be to move the plot along when the action gets sluggish.
Clark 's successful contributions to the genre clearly indicate that she knows, and has done, better work. And while diehard fans may not object as Nighttime Is My Time wends it way to its inexorable conclusion, others who wish for more sizzle in their suspense or more spine-tingling entertainments may want to wait for Clark's next novel or try D'Amato, Kelman or the others whom she has so graciously encouraged.
Una estrella de teatro y de la pantalla se arroja, en misteriosas circunstancias, por el balcón de su ático neoyorquino, ¿Fue asesinada por su amante, Ted Winters, un apuesto magnate de los negocios atormentado por un secreto inconfesable? ¿O se trata de un suicidio? Pero ¿por qué iba Leila a quitarse la vida en la cumbre de la fortuna y el éxito? ¿O la mató otra persona? Sin embargo, ¿quién querría acabar con la vida de una joven admirada y querida por todo el mundo?…
Catherine Dornan y sus dos hijos se preparan para pasar unas Navidades muy amargas en Nueva York, ya que su esposo y padre debe afrontar una delicada intervención quirúrgica. Pero lo que no imaginan es que la Nochebuena se convertirá en una pesadilla desde el momento en que, inocentemente, se detienen en una esquina a escuchar villancicos…
Mary Higgins Clark, amerykańska królowa suspensu, i jej córka, autorka bestsellerów Carol Higgins Clark, po raz pierwszy połączyły siły, by stworzyć błyskotliwą i ekscytującą opowieść o skomplikowanej intrydze osnutej wokół porwania, które odbywa się w bożonarodzeniowej scenerii.
Trzy dni przed świętami Bożego Narodzenia w Nowym Jorku zostaje uprowadzony dla okupu Luke Reilly, bogaty przedsiębiorca pogrzebowy. Wraz z nim zakładniczką porywaczy staje się jego pracownica Rosita, wychowująca samotnie dwóch małych synków. Śledztwo w sprawie ustalenia tożsamości przestępców i miejsca przetrzymywania zakładników prowadzi policja i FBI; pomaga też córka Luke'a, Regan – licencjonowany prywatny detektyw, oraz starsza pani Alvirah Meehan, znana od dawna jako odnoszący błyskotliwe sukcesy detektyw amator. Zrozpaczona żona Luke'a, Nora, słynna autorka powieści kryminalnych, przebywająca po złamaniu nogi w szpitalu, nie podejrzewa nawet, jaką rolę w porwaniu odegrała jedna z jej książek…
A Christmas suspense story. When a young mother from Kansas travels to New York to be with her seriously ill husband at Christmas, her young son sees another woman steal his mother's wallet, and follows the thief into the subway. Thus begins a journey that will change all of their lives.
A minor road accident landed county prosecutor Katie DeMaio in Westlake Hospital. That night, from her window, she thought she saw a man load a woman's body into the trunk of a car…or was it just a sleeping pill-induced nightmare? At work the next day, Katie began investigating a suicide that looked more like murder. Initial evidence pointed elsewhere, but medical examiner Richard Carroll saw a trail leading to Dr. Edgar Highley. He suspected that the famous doctor's work "curing" infertile women was more than controversial-that it was deceitful, depraived, and often deadly. But before Richard could tell Katie his fears, she left the office for the weekend and an appointment for routine surgery…in Dr. Highley's operating room.
In The Lost Years, Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, has written her most astonishing novel to date. At its center is a discovery that, if authenticated, may be the most revered document in human history—“the holiest of the holy”—and certainly the most coveted and valuable object in the world.
Biblical scholar Jonathan Lyons believes he has found the rarest of parchments—a letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ. Stolen from the Vatican Library in the 1500s, the letter was assumed to be lost forever.
Now, under the promise of secrecy, Jonathan is able to confirm his findings with several other experts. But he also confides in a family friend his suspicion that someone he once trusted wants to sell the parchment and cash in.
Within days Jonathan is found shot to death in his study. At the same time, his wife, Kathleen, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, is found hiding in the study closet, incoherent and clutching the murder weapon. Even in her dementia, Kathleen has known that her husband was carrying on a long-term affair.
Did Kathleen kill her husband in a jealous rage, as the police contend? Or is his death tied to the larger question: Who has possession of the priceless parchment that has now gone missing?
It is up to their daughter, twenty-eight-year-old Mariah, to clear her mother of murder charges and unravel the real mystery behind her father’s death.
Mary Higgins Clark’s The Lost Years is at once a breathless murder mystery and a hunt for what may be the most precious religious and archaeological treasure of all time.
At age eighty-two and in failing health, Olivia Morrow knows she has little time left. The last of her line, she faces a momentous choice: expose a long-held family secret, or take it with her to her grave.
Olivia has in her possession letters from her deceased cousin Catherine, a nun, now being considered for beatification by the Catholic Church-the final step before sainthood. In her lifetime, Sister Catherine had founded seven hospitals for disabled children. Now the cure of a four-year-old boy dying of brain cancer is being attributed to her. After his case was pronounced medically hopeless, the boy's desperate mother had organized a prayer crusade to Sister Catherine, leading to his miraculous recovery.
The letters Olivia holds are the evidence that Catherine gave birth at age seventeen to a child, a son, and gave him up for adoption. Olivia knows the identity of the young man who fathered Catherine's child: Alex Gannon, who went on to become a world-famous doctor, scientist, and inventor holding medical patents.
Now, two generations later, thirty-one-year-old pediatrician Dr. Monica Farrell, Catherine's granddaughter, stands as the rightful heir to what remains of the family fortune. But in telling Monica who she really is, Olivia would have to betray Catherine's wishes and reveal the story behind Monica's ancestry.
The Gannon fortune is being squandered by Alex's nephews Greg and Peter Gannon, and other board members of the Gannon Foundation, who camouflage their profligate lifestyles with philanthropy.
Now their carefully constructed image is cracking. Greg, a prominent financier, is under criminal investigation, and Peter, a Broadway producer, is a suspect in the murder of a young woman who has been extorting money from him.
The only people aware of Olivia's impending choice are those exploiting the Gannon inheritance. To silence Olivia and prevent Monica from learning the secret, some of them will stop at nothing-even murder.
Clark's riveting new novel explores the juxtaposition of medical science and religious faith, and the search for identity by the daughter of a man adopted at birth.
Co się dzieję, gdy młoda kobieta zostaje uwikłana w niebezpieczne śledztwo w sprawie zabójstwa, tylko dlatego, że znalazła się w niewłaściwym miejscu w niewłaściwej chwili? Co się dzieje, kiedy musi korzystać z ochrony policyjnej, zerwać wszystkie nici wiążące ją z dotychczasowym życiem i przeprowadzić się w nowe miejsce do czasu aż sprawca zabójstwa zostanie wykryty i ujęty? Co się dzieje kiedy w nowym wcieleniu spotyka idealnego mężczyznę, ale boi się w nim zakochać, ponieważ nikt nie może wiedzieć, kim dziewczyna jest naprawdę.
"Sterling Brooks no ha tenido una vida ejemplar. Por ello lleva esperando más de cincuenta años en la antesala del cielo. Unos días antes de Navidad, el consejo celestial decide proponerle un trato: entrará en el cielo si antes consigue hacer una buena obra en la tierra. Se trata de su última oportunidad. No le especifican cuál es su misión, y de pronto se ven en pleno Rockefeller Center, en medio de una multitud de patinadores, en busca de alguien que necesite un ángel. Así encuentra a Marissa, una niña de siete años, apenada por la desaparición de su padre y su abuela, que se han visto obligados a…"
Przeszło dwa lata po tym, jak schwytano go wybiegającego z mieszkania, w którym pozostał trup zamordowanej Niny Peterson, Ronald Thompson ma zostać stracony. Choć nigdy nie przyznał sie do zbrodni, oprócz matki nikt nie wierzy w jego niewinność. Kontrowersje budzi natomiast sam problem kary śmierci. Jej przeciwniczką jest młoda pisarka Sharon Martin, natomiast kochający ją Steve Peterson, mąż zamordowanej kobiety i ojciec siedmioletniego Neila, przychyla się do opinii zwolenników przeprowadzenia egzekucji. Jest jednak jeszcze ktoś, kto doskonale wie, że Roland jest niewinny. To prawdziwy morderca Niny, który planuje porwanie Sharon i Neila. Zamierza on wyłudzić od Steve'a 82 tys. dolarów, a następnie zamordować kobietę i chłopca.
Dr Gary Lasch is found dead at his desk. The murder stuns his elite Connecticut community – especially when his beautiful young wife, Molly, is arrested and charged with his murder. Six years later, on Molly's release from prison, she reasserts her innocence in front of reporters gathered at the prison gates. Among them is an old schoolfriend, Fran Simmons, who is currently working as an investigative reporter for a true crime television series. Determined to prove her innocence, Molly convinces Fran to research and produce a programme on Gary 's death. Fran agrees, but in doing so, she has a second agenda – to learn the truth about her own father's suicide fourteen years earlier. Fran soon finds herself enmeshed in a tangled web of intrigue and menace – more deaths and more unanswered questions about Gary Lasch's death. As her investigation proceeds, there are those who know they must make a choice: face ruin, or eliminate Fran.
Elizabeth Lange is haunted by the loss of her sister, Leila, who died mysteriously. Invited to Cypress Point Spa by a friend, she finds herself confronted by a cast of characters who all had motives for the killing. And she quickly discovers her own life may also be under threat.
It has been ten years since 21-year-old Kevin MacKenzie, Jr. ("Mac"), has been missing. A Columbia University senior, about to graduate and already enrolled in Duke University Law School, he walked out of his room in Manhattan 's Upper West Side without a word to his college roommate and has never been seen again. However, he does make three ritual phone calls to his mother every year: on her birthday, on his birthday, and on Mother's Day. Each time, he assures her he is fine, refuses to answer her frantic questions, then hangs up. Even the death of his father, a corporate lawyer, on 9/11 does not bring him home, or break the pattern of his calls.
Mac's sister Carolyn is now 26, a law school graduate, and has just been hired as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. She has endured two family tragedies-her brother's inexplicable disappearance, and the loss of her father. Realizing that neither she nor her mother will ever be able to have closure and get on with their lives until they find her brother, she sets out to discover what happened to Mac, and why he has found it necessary to hide from them.
Her journey into the world of people who willingly disappear from their own lives leads her to learn about others who may or may not still be alive, and ultimately to a deadly confrontation with someone close to her who suddenly becomes an enemy-and cannot allow her to disclose his secret…
Nancy Harmon had fled the heartbreak of her first marriage, the macabre deaths of her two little children, the hostile front-page newspaper stories and the shocking charges against her. She changed her name, dyed her red hair sable brown, and left California for the wind-swept peace of Cape Cod. Now she was married again, had two more beautiful children, and the terrible pain had begun to heal…until the morning when she looked in the back yard for her little boy and girl, found only one red mitten, and knew that the nightmare was beginning again…