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.
In this tale about three seemingly separate murders committed years apart, Jan Maxwell's skillful narration ranges from intimate (when detailing the characters' backstories) to cold and clinical (when describing the characters' bad behavior). Since the novel, set in New York, involves murder in triplicate, the cast is extraordinarily large-with some characters connected to the long-ago disappearance of a young waitress, some to the not-so-long-ago drowning of a social worker, and still others to a more recent explosion at protagonist Hannah Connelly's family-owned furniture store. That explosion took the life of former employee Gus Schmidt and left Hannah's sister Kate in a coma. Maxwell carefully provides each character with a unique voice. For example, Hannah's initially quiet speech takes on a gradually increasing edginess the closer she comes to uncovering the identities of the villains and revealing her family's secrets. Gus's aged widow has just enough of a Germanic accent to suggest her European roots. The rest of the players are given fully imagined voices, from Hannah's self-centered father, whose florid bombast is often slurred by drink, to a homeless Vietnam vet whose native New York accent is spoken with a thick tongue and inflected by mental and physical illness. A Simon & Schuster hardcover. (April) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Clark produces another winner....She rivets the reader's attention
while tying...multiple plots together in a plausible manner. Her
many fans will want to add Daddy's Gone A Hunting to their
trophy shelves."--Richmond Times Dispatch
"Clark, known rightly as the Queen of Suspense, performs her usual magic."