Conspiracy of Silence

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On a sunny day in July, Clare Prentice arrives in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Although she is on assignment to interview the town's notoriously reclusive novelist Nate Hanssen, Clare is really in search of a different story-her story.Just months before, Clare was a bride-to-be, living in Chicago, and looking to the future.until the day she learned her entire life had been a lie.Not only was Clare adopted, but there is no record that she or her adoptive mother ever existed. The only clue is a class ring from Grand ...
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Overview

On a sunny day in July, Clare Prentice arrives in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Although she is on assignment to interview the town's notoriously reclusive novelist Nate Hanssen, Clare is really in search of a different story-her story.Just months before, Clare was a bride-to-be, living in Chicago, and looking to the future.until the day she learned her entire life had been a lie.Not only was Clare adopted, but there is no record that she or her adoptive mother ever existed. The only clue is a class ring from Grand Rapids Senior High School. Unable to get on with her future until she reconciles her past, Clare breaks off her engagement.Unraveling the mystery is like trying to sculpt fog-until the first piece of the puzzle unexpectedly drops into place: Clare's birth mother, Lily Gundersen, was murdered in Grand Rapids.Lily's murder was one of the most talked-about events in the town's history, but no one is talking now. Clare doesn't know the whole story - and someone intends to keep it that way.
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When Clare Prentice, a Chicago journalist, discovers she's adopted in this cozy romantic thriller from Powers (Death Angel), she's disturbed enough to call off her impending wedding. The high school ring of her adoptive mother, who died two years earlier and was careful to keep Clare's true origin a secret, provides a clue that takes Clare to Grand Rapids, Minn., where she conveniently has an assignment to interview a reclusive novelist, Nate Hanssen. The pace picks up after Clare discovers that her birth mother, Lily Gundersen, was murdered in Grand Rapids. Clare becomes the target of a killer intent on silencing anyone who knows the real story behind Lily's untimely death. Meanwhile, a subtle romance develops between Clare and Nate. Full of red herrings, this suspense novel will appeal to those who also like traditional whodunits. (Nov.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933515182
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 993,155
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Powers is an award-winning author, sought-after speaker, and humorist. She is the author of nine Regency novels and two thrillers published by Simon and Schuster. Her latest novel, Death Angel (Oceanview) was named a finalist in both the Royal Palm Literary Awards, and National Best Books 2006 Awards, and was selected as a Book Sense Pick.
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  • Posted November 1, 2008

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

    Over the years, writer Martha Powers has entertained readers with books bursting with her own unique creativity, wit, and style. Yet despite her years of experience and number of works she continues to compose with fresh excitement, keeping her loyal fans happy as well as winning over new ones. With the release of ¿Conspiracy of Silence¿ Powers just may have outdone even herself.<BR/><BR/>¿Conspiracy of Silence¿ chronicles the harrowing journey of reporter Clare Prentice from the moment she learns that she¿d been adopted to arriving in the little town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota where she hopes to find out about her biological parents. With her life on hold, Clare is bound and determined to find anything at all that could shed some light on her elusive past. Soon, what started as a harmless quest for information turns into a dangerous life-or-death struggle and Clare must decide how far she¿s willing to go for the truth. Can she risk her future just to learn about her past?<BR/><BR/>¿Conspiracy of Silence¿ is an adrenaline-packed page turner that will have you immediately hooked. Powers¿ breathes vibrant life into her characters so you really get to know them; you feel their fears, their pain, their helplessness, and their determination. Her plot is more of an experience and you are exhausted by the last page, having ridden the same emotional roller-coaster ride her characters have all experienced. By the time I finished, I realized I¿d been holding the book with a white-knuckled grip. And the ending ¿ completely and utterly unexpected and will have your mind reeling long after the last page. <BR/><BR/>¿Conspiracy of Silence¿ is absolutely perfect for adult readers of thriller, conspiracy, and mystery novels. Powers writes with a strength and intensity that will lure John Grisham and Robert Ludlum fans all while maintaining an overall feminine flavor that her readers have come to appreciate. If you¿ve never read a Martha Powers novel, now¿s the time to start. <BR/><BR/>Author Martha Powers new thriller, ¿Conspiracy of Silence¿ is sure to make plenty of noise upon its release. Jam-packed with vibrant details and non-stop action, it will keep you up reading; even keep you up pondering what will happen next if you manage to tear yourself away from its pages. Hands down and by far, ¿Conspiracy of Silence¿ the best novel I¿ve read all year. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!<BR/><BR/>--Vicki Landes, author of "Europe for the Senses: A Photographic Journal"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    great suspense thriller

    Chicago reporter Clare Prentice is stunned to learn she is adopted when Dr. Craig calmly suggested after a physical she obtain medical information on her biological parents. Clare had thought Rose, who raised her was her biological mom. Now she knows her late adopted mom Rose hid the truth from her her biological dad died before Clare was three. Her reaction to the disturbing news is to end her engagement to kind hearted Doug Kitridge.---------------- She finds a high school ring amongst her late adoptive mother¿s stuff. With a need to know more, Claire heads to where the ring is from, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. While there she is assigned to interview reclusive novelist, Nate Hanssen, a resident who shuns publicity. Clare learns her birth mother was Lily Gundersen, who was murdered in Grand Rapids. Soon after her arrival someone stalks Clare who assumes her mom¿s killer wants his or her murderous secret kept quiet. Clare and Nate begin to act on their attraction to one another.---------------- Outside of the interview occurring in Grand Rapids where the mysterious graduation ring comes from, CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE is a great suspense thriller. Clare uses her reporter skills to learn more about her mom¿s murder, but quickly learns nothing is quite like it seems and every one even the author she is falling in love with appears to have an agenda. With some nice twists along the way, readers will enjoy this exciting cozy with just the right amount of a romantic subplot to enhance the investigation.-------- Harriet Klausner

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