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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: Unabridged 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 anti-cancer 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

  • “Plays out her story like the pro that she is…flawless.” 

    Daily Mirror (London)

  • “There’s something special about Clark’s thrillers, and it’s not just the gentleness with which the bestselling writer approaches her often lurid subject matter…Grace, charm and solid storytelling.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This plot could come right out of today’s headlines of corporate greed and ruthlessness and their devastating effect on small shareholders. Jan Maxwell’s narration is steady and clear. With a slight air of detachment, she adopts a tone fitting to the main character and treats all the characters evenhandedly.”


  • “Clark…knows how to spin an intriguing tale, and this time she’s created a convincing heroine in Carley.”


  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/20/2014

    " I always love a good murder mystery. It was clean as far as content, and kept me guessing with out being super intense. It was great for me because I wasn't looking for an "edge of your seat, can't put it down" kind of mystery, but I felt like it was well written and easy to follow. "

  • 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 Pam | 1/10/2014

    " The book was okay. A typical Mary Higgins Clark book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bonnie | 1/8/2014

    " An excellent book Mary Higgins Clark just keeps getting better! I loved the characters and the storyline kept me reading till the last page.I hope Ms.Clark will be around for many years to come! "

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