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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Higgins Clark Narrator: Jan Maxwell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Nicholas Spencer, charismatic head of the medical research company Gen-Stone, involved in the development of an anticancer vaccine, suddenly disappears. Early results of the vaccine seemed highly promising. Yet, coinciding with Spencer’s disappearance is news that the FDA is denying approval. Then comes the shocking revelation that Spencer had looted Gen-Stone of huge sums of money.


Marcia “Carley” DeCarlo, a columnist for Wall Street Weekly, is assigned to cover the story. Carley is the stepsister of Spencer’s wife, Lynn, an aggressive PR woman and socialite, whom she dislikes and distrusts.

As Carley proceeds with her investigation, she is confronted by seemingly impenetrable questions: Is Nicholas Spencer dead or in hiding? Was he guilty or set up? Why the sudden reversal in medical opinion of the vaccine from recognition to condemnation? As the facts unfold, Carley becomes the target of a dangerous group involved in a sinister and fraudulent scheme.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s something special about Clark’s thrillers...[A] smoothly told tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jan Maxwell delivers a strong performance in the latest suspense by Mary Higgins Clark...Maxwell shows her range as she performs a number of suspects, from the socialite wife to the vulnerable father of a cancer victim. She handles the transitions between characters with ease and keeps the story moving at a quick pace.” 


  • “The prolific and ever-popular Clark...knows how to spin an intriguing tale, and...she’s created a convincing heroine in Carley.” 


  • “Clark’s latest entry does not disappoint those expecting a likable heroine, mystery, and danger, served with a touch of romance. 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Angie Pollack | 2/18/2014

    " This was the only book at our cabin and I was stuck there by myself for 2 whole days without television, computer, cell phone service, or even a radio. So I read this by default. It was alright. The story moved along nicely and kept me hooked throughout. Butttttttt, the ending was awful, it ruined the whole book for me. Hence the measly 2-star rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sunshinejulie | 2/12/2014

    " She is always a nice clean writer "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Betty | 2/10/2014

    " I didn't find this one nearly as suspenseful as most of her mysteries. I am a real fan of MHC but can'r recommend this one. "

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

    " Very good mystery involving the disappearance of a man claiming to have a cancer vaccine, and the repercussions it has on those around him. "

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