A powerful, haunting story of murder, fame and corruption in which a young woman struggles to convince people - and herself - that a brilliant man about to be released from prison (where he has spent twenty years for her sister's murder) IS, in fact, guilty, and not the victim a media star's campaign makes him out to be. The story is based around ...Read MoreA powerful, haunting story of murder, fame and corruption in which a young woman struggles to convince people - and herself - that a brilliant man about to be released from prison (where he has spent twenty years for her sister's murder) IS, in fact, guilty, and not the victim a media star's campaign makes him out to be. The story is based around a young print journalist who returns to her home town after hearing that the man who murdered her sister is being released from prison after twenty years. The killer is highly intelligent and attractive, which is the main reason a glamorous TV star believes he is innocent and campaigns for his release. During her stay in her New Jersey town, she unearths some information about the killer, proving that not only did he kill her sister, but has killed others, and now that he's been released from prison, he plans to kill her as well. This is Mary Higgins Clark at her suspenseful best.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2002-04-15 Writing in the first person a rarity for this veteran author has inspired and energized Clark. Her 21st novel of intrigue is her best in years, a tightly woven, emotionally potent tale of suspense and revenge. Clark's new heroine is Atlanta investigative journalist Ellie Cavanaugh, who was seven when her sister, Andrea, 15, was beaten to death by 20-year-old Rob Westerfield, scion of the wealthiest family in a small Westchester town. Now Westerfield is up for parole, so Ellie, now 30, returns home to speak out against him. When Westerfield is released, Ellie begins to write a book aimed at re-proving his guilt. Digging for evidence, she uncovers clues that Westerfield may have committed another murder as a youth, but that digging also enrages the Westerfields and other town members who think the man was railroaded. Before long, Ellie's life is in danger, as someone breaks into the house she's staying in, then later sets fire to it, nearly killing her, and as Westerfield himself begins to shadow her moves. What makes this novel work isn't only the considerable tension Clark teases from Ellie's precarious position, but the thoughtful backgrounding to the action. Ellie is cast as a lonely woman, without a lover and estranged from her father and half-brother: will she accept one or the other into her guarded life?; and she carries a heavy load of guilt for her sister's death, wondering at times if she is blinded by her thirst for vengeance. With its textured plot, well-sketched secondary characters, strong pacing and appealing heroine, this is Clark at her most winning. (On sale, Apr. 16) Forecast: One million first printing; main selection of the Literary Guild and BOMC, the Doubleday Book Club and Doubleday Large Print, and the Mystery Guild; all that, plus a fabulous green-toned jacket featuring a blood-stained locket on the front and a terrific photo of Clark on the back, add up to #1 with a bullet. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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