T.S. Eliot be damned. April is a most kindly month for Mary Higgins Clark, the acknowledged grande dame of mysteries – Simon & Schuster has been successfully publishing Clark’s hardcovers and mass market reprints in April for many years. Last year, for example, Where Are You Now?, Clark’s 32nd hardcover, landed atop our (Publisher’s Weekly) list on April 21 (and ran for six weeks) that book’s mass market landed at #1 two weeks ago, on April 6. Just take My Heart hits today’s list in second place, narrowly edged out by Jim Butcher. Following local New York and New Jersey events, Clark took to the road on April 18 on an 11-city jaunt, traveling with daughter Carol Higgins Clark. Look for the duo May 1 on Today.
(Publisher’s Weekly, Apr. 20)
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(Publisher’s Weekly, Mar 30)
In this intense novel of suspense from bestseller Clark (Where Are You Now?), the obvious suspect in the shooting murder of famous actress Natalie Raines at her Closter, N.J., home is her husband and theatrical agent, Gregg Aldrich, whom she was divorcing. Gregg never wavers from his innocent plea, but Bergen County assistant prosecutor Emily Wallace nails his conviction thanks to the evidence of an ex-con, who testifies Gregg tried to hire him to kill Natalie. Clark neatly details the courtroom proceedings, though of more dramatic interest is a subplot involving oddball serial killer Zach Lanning, who’s been stalking Emily while pretending to be a good neighbor. Clark slowly reveals that Emily’s recent heart transplant has given the attorney extra sensitivity to Natalie’s past. As Emily’s doubts about Gregg’s guilt grow, the action hurtles to a surprising if abrupt resolution. (Apr.)
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