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The #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark wrote forty suspense novels, four collections of short stories, a his torical novel, a memoir, and two children's books. With bestselling author Alafair Burke she wrote the Under Suspicion series including The Cinderella Murder, All Dressed in White, The Sleeping Beauty Killer, Every Breath You Take, and You Don't Own Me. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she coauthored five more suspense novels. More than one hundred million copies of her books are in print in the United States alone. Her books are international bestsellers.


Jan Maxwell infuses Clark's thriller with gravitas via her mellifluous narration and sensitive portrayal of protagonist Mariah Lyons, whose biblical scholar father is found dead after making a discovery (a letter written by Jesus Christ himself) that could upend modern Christianity. Jonathan Lyons is gunned down in his home office in New Jersey, and the culprit appears to be close to home: Mariah finds her mother next to the corpse, covered in blood, and holding what appears to be the murder weapon. Maxwell ably handles book's third-person narration, while also capturing the spirit of its heroine, a woman traumatized by a tragedy that threatens to rob her of both her parents. A Simon & Schuster paperback. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Die-hard Clark fans will welcome her latest thriller, which builds a plot of murder and mystery around the disappearance and rediscovery of a letter written by Jesus Christ to Joseph of Arimathea. Other listeners may find the characters shallow, the resolution obvious, and the exposition overly dependent on characters' internal thought processes. VERDICT Broadway actress Jan Maxwell's reading is adequate but not memorable enough to rescue this program. Purchase if demand warrants. [The S. & S. hc was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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