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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: October 2008 ISBN: 9780743582704
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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.”

    AudioFile

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

    Booklist

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Johann Riekert | 1/1/2014

    " Enjoyed reading it, but you can figure out who's behind the murders midway!! very predictable...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 12/30/2013

    " I loved this book. It had enough twists and turns to keep me interested and guessing if I had the mystery solved. The characters were alive and believable. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good mystery with a surprising ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elsie | 12/28/2013

    " Well written, you really aren't sure about what is the truth until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julene | 12/27/2013

    " I generally like her books a bit more. It seems like they are getting to be a bit like the Hardy Boys--just follow the formula to the end of the book. Some weak character development and run-of-the-mill bad guys. Okay book to listen to while you are working on other things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 12/17/2013

    " I love Mary Higgins Clark! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann Kennedy | 12/5/2013

    " good gad this author is prolific! I picked this one up in Snowmass & then had to find @ our library to finish it. Pretty dumb premise, but I did finish it. Not much suspense & not much depth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgiann Hennelly | 11/14/2013

    " This was an easy read. A gripping tale of deception and suspense "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/3/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 10/17/2013

    " think the author got tired at the end and just put in the outline and didn't bother finishing off the story properly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyla | 9/29/2013

    " Typical Mary Higgins Clark: Divorced women with no kids who has a guy she dates casually. She gets deaper into a mystery and deaper into her relationship with her boyfriend as he worries about her saftey. She gets herself into trouble and then is saved from death at the last minute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marisa | 9/17/2013

    " I was severely disappointed in this one. It was very slow-paced, I felt. It took me a long time to read and I never really got into it. I just tried to get through it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 D. Thomas | 8/31/2013

    " I guess I have read too many Mary Higgins Clark mysteries. I lost interest and finished it out of stubborness just to prove I was correct on my prediction of who the villain was going to be. I was right... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jballen42 | 8/21/2013

    " I just finished reading this book. It was a page turner, one I couldn't put down until I found out what happened.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabrielle | 7/22/2013

    " good and suspenseful... not as good as Dan Brown or James Patterson action/suspense/murder mystery thrillers, but was good while I was waiting to get the next James Patterson book... =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina Davis | 4/20/2013

    " Had never read a Marry Higgins Clark before this. It was an enjoyable read. Nothing outrageous. A little to easy to solve for my taste. But I still thought it was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Faustus Buck | 4/18/2013

    " Mary Higgins Clark delivers a consistently well written, well-structured book but it's just not gripping. If you're a fan of hers, you won't be disappointed. But if you're not, this one's not going to turn you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ida | 10/2/2012

    " Another page-turner from the 'Queen of Suspense'. The complex plot revolves around a journalist, Carly DeCarlo, whose connection to the head of a medical research company involves her in the danger that ensues as a result of a fraudulent scheme. An entertaining thrill. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 6/6/2012

    " Another suspenseful read. Couldn't put it down. This is the third book in the past 2 months that has dealt with pharmacy issues. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leigh | 5/16/2012

    " Lame plot about a single cure for cancer.. not well written. Don't waste your time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shelley | 10/17/2011

    " Not my usual read, this is for my Mom's book club. Pretty much what I'd expect from MHC, sad that this is what the majority of the public is reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 8/15/2011

    " Enjoyable. Light but interesting premise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camandwmm | 4/19/2011

    " Looking for a cure for cancer is what we all want. To hope for it in this story added the suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mistyblue | 4/13/2011

    " I always love Mary Higgins Clark, and this was no exception. The plot was iincredibly interesting and I found myself finding excuses to drive around town so I could listen to this audio book. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/7/2011

    " A great story by a great author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 3/1/2011

    " I had a hard time getting into the book. It was worth finishing once I started it. It seemed a bit typical for a murder mystery. I didn't like the ending at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Reading Cove | 2/11/2011

    " TBR Potluck Challenge - Millenia, Ally "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leigh | 2/9/2011

    " Lame plot about a single cure for cancer.. not well written. Don't waste your time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/14/2011

    " Had never read a Marry Higgins Clark before this. It was an enjoyable read. Nothing outrageous. A little to easy to solve for my taste. But I still thought it was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 1/5/2011

    " This was much better than the previous Mary Higgins Clark book I read recently. This was more typical, a good mystery and interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christabelle | 10/20/2010

    " I thoroughly enjoy reading thrillers. I thought I knew the way this book would end. I was pleasantly surprised :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noralisma | 8/23/2010

    " Dunno what the story is about yet! Conspiracy, I guess...! I put it as my third, fourth or fifth, priority! :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/14/2010

    " She's loosing her touch. I couldn't stay interested, the flow was off and the book was all around disappointing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suci | 8/12/2010

    " amazing story dan inspiratif..
    buku keduanya MHC yang aku baca. jadi pengen baca buku2 karangan dia yang lainnya... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 8/8/2010

    " This wasn't one of her best ones, in my opinion. It was. . . kind of bland. Good, just not interesting. Didn't keep me on the edge of my seat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 8/1/2010

    " I couldn't put this book down, it was smart and kept me on the edge of my seat through the whole book. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark’s books are worldwide bestsellers. In the US alone, her books have sold over one hundred million copies. She is the author of over thirty suspense novels and coauthor, with her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, of five holiday suspense novels. She was chosen by Mystery Writers of America as Grand Master of the 2000 Edgar Awards. An annual Mary Higgins Clark Award sponsored by Simon & Schuster, to be given to authors of suspense fiction writing in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition, was launched by Mystery Writers of America during Edgars week in April 2001. She was the 1987 president of Mystery Writers of America and, for many years, served on their board of directors. In May 1988, she was chairman of the International Crime Congress.

About the Narrator

Jan Maxwell is an American stage and television actress. She made her Broadway debut in the musical City of Angels and has been nominated for two Tony Awards and two Drama Desk Awards. She won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Her Broadway credits include Sixteen Wounded, Match, and The Dinner Party. She is the sister of Obie Award–winning playwright Richard Maxwell.