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Close to You (KEY News Series #4)

Close to You (KEY News Series #4)

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by Mary Jane Clark

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Millions of people are watching-- one wants to kill her... What she found was her worst nightmare...

She thought she'd found safety.

In front of the camera, as anchorwoman for KEY Evening Headlines, she savvy, sexy, and sophisticated. But when she steps out of the spotlight, Eliza Blake is far more vulnerable than her devoted viewers would ever imagine.


Millions of people are watching-- one wants to kill her... What she found was her worst nightmare...

She thought she'd found safety.

In front of the camera, as anchorwoman for KEY Evening Headlines, she savvy, sexy, and sophisticated. But when she steps out of the spotlight, Eliza Blake is far more vulnerable than her devoted viewers would ever imagine. Single-handedly raising a young daughter, she's finally found a safe haven: a dream house in the suburbs, where nothing can ever threaten her again...

It begins with a venomous letter. No stranger to the occasional hate mail that mingles with glowing correspondence from adoring fans, Eliza is at first unaware that this time, the writer isn't a harmless nutcase. Then come the menacing phone calls. Now that her serene suburban life is shattered by fear, Eliza must face the chilling realization that the stalker is closer, and more lethal, than anyone ever suspected-- perhaps even concealed behind a trusted, familiar face...

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“[An] expert tale...delivers the goods.” —Publishers Weekly

“Clark's story retains its suspense throughout.” —Newark Star-Ledger

“A frightening-- and firsthand-- look at the darker side of celebrity.” —Sun Herald (Colusa, CA)

Publishers Weekly
Smooth is the word for this expert thriller by CBS producer and writer Clark (Let Me Whisper in Your Ear, etc.). Moving along effortlessly and unhurriedly, acquiring characters and subplots as it goes, and always focusing on the climax the reader knows will come when the killer finally makes his move, Clark's tale delivers the goods. Eliza Blake, anchor for the KEY Evening Headlines, is a 30-something celebrity, beautiful, smart and good at her job; she is also a single mother determined to be a good parent. As the novel begins, she has just vacated her New York apartment for a house in the suburbs, intent on escaping memories of her husband's death by cancer. Unfortunately, just after she moves, she begins to receive a fresh crop of threatening phone calls and letters. Hate mail is an occupational hazard for a new anchor, it seems, not to be taken too seriously unless, as in this case, the ante gets raised. Eliza finds herself threatened by several obsessives, two of whom may be dangerous, one of whom has killed before. These people are clever, not easy to detect or to catch. Clark's depiction of the stalkers who plague celebrities disturbs and convinces, and her characters come alive on the page: criminal, sick, genuinely evil, or simply flawed and very human. This is an excellent psychological thriller that will keep readers pleasantly bound to the page. Author tour. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
More low-impact peril among the felony-prone denizens of New York's KEY News network (Let Me Whisper in Your Ear, 2000, etc.), the victim this time the most thoroughly stalked news anchor in fiction. Eliza Blake is 30 years younger and prettier than Rather, Jennings, and Brokaw, so it's no surprise that everybody loves her. Bartender Cornelius ("Meat") Bacon shows his love by writing letters criticizing her outfits as too revealing or sluttish. Jerry Walinski shows his by leaving messages on her voice mail at work announcing that he loves her and can't live without her. KEY producer Keith Chapel shows his love by fantasizing about her as he lies next to his pregnant, uninterested wife, and frustrated lesbian Abigail Snow in the KEY promotion department shows hers by leaving a gift box of Victoria's Secret lingerie outside her office door with an insinuating note. Even widowed mom Eliza, at first lulled into a sense of security by the house she's bought in toney HoHoKus, New Jersey, eventually notices that she's being stalked, perhaps by the very same man responsible for Garden State Network anchor Linda Anderson's mysterious disappearance five years ago this Halloween. She'd be even better off if she realized that her mechanic has pinched her house key preparatory to robbing her, or that the man who sold her the house is hiding a dire secret about how such a desirable property ever came to be vacant. As Mary Higgins Clark's ex-daughter-in-law counts down the breathless hours to Halloween, readers can marvel at a suspect pool so deep that some nuts end up protecting Eliza from even nuttier nuts who are trying to elbow their way to the front of the queue. Eliza finally identifies thebiggest nut in the final chapter. Shame on you if it takes you even half as long.

Product Details

St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
KEY News Series , #4
Edition description:
First Edition
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.68(h) x 1.03(d)

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Close to You


Chapter 1

"Eliza! I've found it! But you've got to come out here and look at it right away. It isn't going to last."

Eliza Blake listened to Louise Kendall's breathless voice and felt her own heart beat faster. She glanced at her watch as she swiveled around in her high-backed leather chair and looked out the windowed wall of her office down to the studio on the floor below. She could see the stagehands readying the set for the news segment she was scheduled to pretape for this evening's broadcast.

"God, Louise," Eliza pleaded. "There's no way I can leave now."

"You have to." Louise was adamant. "This is your house, Eliza. I'm sure of it. My office just signed the listing agreement and it's going into multiple tomorrow. Everyone and his cousin will be looking at it in the morning and, I swear to you, Eliza, in this crazy market, the house will be gone by this time tomorrow."

If the house were as special as Louise promised it was, Eliza knew the Realtor was probably right. During the few short weeks Eliza had begun her house-hunting in earnest, she had been stunned by the dizzying speed with which prime real estate moved in Bergen County. Eliza was desperateto find somewhere peaceful she and Janie could live, out of New York City and away from all the recent unhappy memories. Their apartment was beautiful and it was certainly big enough for just the two of them. But Eliza wanted to get her little girl in a new environment, out of the city, cultural capital of the world or not.

Louise was not giving up. "And, Eliza, I almost forgot to tell you. It's an estate sale. The house is vacant, so you could close as soon as you wanted. Janie could even be enrolled in her new school by the first day of kindergarten."

It was little wonder that Louise Kendall was a consistent member of the Realtors' Million Dollar Sales Club, thought Eliza. She was an expert at enticing her customers.

"Look, Louise, here's the best I can do. Right after the broadcast, I'll pick up Janie and we'll drive out there. I should be able to meet you by eight."

"Great!" exclaimed Louise triumphantly. "We'll still have some light then. We can walk around the outside property first while we can still see and then we'll go inside. I know you are going to fall in love with this house, Eliza. I'm bringing a contract with me. Make sure to bring your checkbook."

Copyright © 2001 by Mary Jane Clark.

Meet the Author

Mary Jane Clark is the author of five novels. She is a producer and a writer at CBS News in New York City and lives in northern New Jersey.

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Close to You (KEY News Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
LC112648LC More than 1 year ago
Close to You ... Highly recommend ... light, fast read! Great author!!!!
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K ept guessing at who staslker w Suspenseful kept trying to guess who stalker was.
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TEXASBOOKREADER More than 1 year ago
This is the 1st of hers that I have read and I loved it. I am looking for more to read by her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read by this author. The 1-2 page chapters make it seem as if the book is longer than it actually is. A good insight into the world of TV newsrooms from a real-life producer. However, the obesession that everyone, and I do mean everyone, has for the main character, Eliza Blake, does become a little annoying. Still a recommended read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the way she brought people into the web. Just when you thought you knew 'who done it', something changed or someone else came into view. Short chapters kept you turning pages. Do read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was sensational. I read and read and could not stop. I just love this great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book, I was a little hesitant to read it, but I am glad i did. The plot is very intriguing and i belive that Mary Jane Clark is climbing the charts. Eliza's traumatic events, her obsessed stalkers and the methodical fear of who's watching you through a T.V. set designs a plot that bleeds with suspense. A definate must read, This book will reel you in and won't let you off the hook.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She is my favorite author and this book is just as good as the others she has written. A definite read for people who like suspense books. Can not wait for the next one to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While others have said, you can figure out who THE bad guy is (and there are several but one is the worst) this does not prevent this book from being thoroughly a page turner.