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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,120 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Higgins Clark Narrator: Jan Maxwell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alvirah and Willy Series Release Date:
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In her long career as America’s most beloved suspense writer, Mary Higgins Clark’s The Lost Years is her most astonishing and dramatic 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.

Dr. Jonathan Lyons, a seventy-year-old biblical scholar, 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 fifteenth century, it was assumed to be lost forever. Under the promise of secrecy, Jonathan attempts to confirm his findings with several other biblical experts. But on the eve before his own murder, he confides to Father Aiden O’Brien, a family friend, that one of those whom he trusted most is determined to keep it from being returned to the Vatican.

The next evening Jonathan Lyons is found shot to death in his New Jersey home. His daughter, twenty-seven-year-old Mariah, finds her father’s body sprawled over his desk in his study, a fatal bullet wound in the back of his neck, and her mother, Kathleen, an Alzheimer’s victim, hiding in the study closet, incoherent and clutching the murder weapon. The police suspect Kathleen, who in her lucid moments knows that Jonathan was involved with a much younger woman. 

But Mariah believes the key to her father’s death is tied to another question: Where is the missing parchment? Whom, among his close circle of friends, might he have consulted? And did one of them kill to keep possession of the letter?

What Mariah doesn’t know is that there was an eyewitness to the murder, someone whose unwise attempt to blackmail the killer begins a new circle of death, with Mariah as the ultimate target of one person’s obsession with a priceless historical treasure. 

With all the elements that have made her a worldwide bestselling author, 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 archeological treasure of all time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Clark, known rightly as the queen of suspense, performs her usual magic…An intriguing blend of religious history and contemporary mystery, The Lost Years confirms Clark’s status as a writer who is willing and able to bend her formula—and to do so successfully—to address topics not often found in the genre.

    Richmond Times Dispatch

  • “If you’re someone who enjoys sharing novels with others, though, beware: lend this book and you may never get it back. That’s because, for mystery fans, The Lost Years is truly a keeper.

    Pittsburgh Tribune

  • “At once a breathless murder mystery and a hunt for what may be the most precious religious and archeological treasure of all time.”


  • “Once again Mary Higgins Clark affirms why she is the ‘Queen of Suspense’… Ms. Clark has another winner for her readers to enjoy getting us there with this entertaining taut tale in which the suspense spins from family violence to biblical archeological violence.”

    Mystery Gazette

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judi | 2/17/2014

    " This book was ok - a lot of jumping around with the characters. Didn't love it, but it didn't have a predictable ending, so that was good for me. I usually have it figured out before the book ends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Denise | 2/16/2014

    " Does not read as smoothly as I have come to expect from Ms Clark's books in the past. The writing is awkward and stilted. Potential for this plot was not realized. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karolyn | 2/10/2014

    " Really enjoyed this story. Differently worth the read. Very relaxing and easy to read. Not her best work . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lori | 2/9/2014

    " If I did not know the author I never would have guessed Mary Higgins Clark. "

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