Daddy's Gone A Hunting

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What was Kate Connelly—a tall, glamorous CPA—doing in her family’s antique furniture museum when it exploded into flames in the middle of the night? Why was Gus, a disgruntled retired employee, with her? Now Gus is dead, and Kate lies in a coma, unable to explain the tragedy’s mysterious link to a decades-old missing persons case. Nor to warn her sister what could happen next.

In a novel of dazzling suspense and excitement, Mary Higgins Clark once again demonstrates the mastery ...

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Overview

What was Kate Connelly—a tall, glamorous CPA—doing in her family’s antique furniture museum when it exploded into flames in the middle of the night? Why was Gus, a disgruntled retired employee, with her? Now Gus is dead, and Kate lies in a coma, unable to explain the tragedy’s mysterious link to a decades-old missing persons case. Nor to warn her sister what could happen next.

In a novel of dazzling suspense and excitement, Mary Higgins Clark once again demonstrates the mastery of her craft that has made her books international bestsellers for years. She presents the reader with a perplexing mystery, a puzzling question of identity, and a fascinating cast of characters—one of whom may just be a ruthless killer.

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The blaze at the family-owned furniture firm lit the dark night sky, but for sisters Kate and Hannah Connelly, their troubles had just begun. Kate had escaped barely alive from the raging flames, but her presence in the building at that late hour aroused rumors and suspicion. Worse yet, the corpse of a retired worker had also been found on the premises. As questions swirl about Kate's connection to his death, loyal sibling Hannah attempts to make the great leap from promising fashion designer to effective self-taught detective. An engrossing mystery thriller from America's reigning "Queen of Suspense." Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
This slight novel from MWA Grand Master Clark (The Lost Years) shows her in less than top form as she unabashedly piles on coincidences. An early morning explosion that rocks Long Island City, N.Y.'s Connelly Fine Antique Reproductions kills Gus Schmidt, a disgruntled former employee, and leaves Kate Connelly, the owner's eldest daughter, unconscious and seriously injured. Why Kate and Gus were at the site is one question disturbing Hannah Connelly, Kate's younger sister. Complications abound for the financially troubled company, its owner, and plant manager Jack Worth. Also figuring in the unwieldy plot are homeless Vietnam vet Clyde Hotchkiss; aspiring actress Tracey Sloane, who's been missing almost 28 years; and the unsolved murder two years earlier of Jamie Gordon, a Barnard senior with a social conscience. Clark strains credulity and fails to achieve much suspense as she tries to pull all these elements together before the hoary resolution. This one is for devoted Clark fans only. (Apr.)
Bookreporter.com
“Mary Higgins Clark has penned yet another mystery that will keep her at the top of the suspense writers list for a very long time….Daddy’s Gone A Hunting will chill readers….This one is not to be missed.”
From the Publisher
“The mistress of high tension.”

“Mary Higgins Clark has penned yet another mystery that will keep her at the top of the suspense writers list for a very long time….Daddy’s Gone A Hunting will chill readers….This one is not to be missed.”

“A flawless storyteller.”

“The grande dame of American thriller writing.”

“Clark, known rightly as the Queen of Suspense, performs her usual magic.”

“They say that Agatha Christie was the Grand Dame of Mystery. If that’s true, then Mary Higgins Clark must be the Marquise, because this book is a royal treat. . . . The Lost Years is truly a keeper.”

“The cast of characters is large, and each member is distinctly drawn in the way that only Mary Higgins Clark can create ‘real’ people on the page.”

“Fans will bite their nails to the quick.”

“Teeming with tantalizing twists, Clark’s crackling tale of identity theft, revenge, and murder is a tempting and thought-provoking thriller.”

“With unexpected plot twists, interesting characters, and a crisp narrative, Mary Higgins Clark once again spins literary magic.”

Richmond Times Dispatch
"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.”
The New Yorker
“The mistress of high tension.”
The Washington Post Book World
“A flawless storyteller.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review
“The grande dame of American thriller writing.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Clark, known rightly as the Queen of Suspense, performs her usual magic.”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“They say that Agatha Christie was the Grand Dame of Mystery. If that’s true, then Mary Higgins Clark must be the Marquise, because this book is a royal treat. . . . The Lost Years is truly a keeper.”
Bookreporter
“The cast of characters is large, and each member is distinctly drawn in the way that only Mary Higgins Clark can create ‘real’ people on the page.”
Booklist
“Teeming with tantalizing twists, Clark’s crackling tale of identity theft, revenge, and murder is a tempting and thought-provoking thriller.”
Tucson Citizen
“With unexpected plot twists, interesting characters, and a crisp narrative, Mary Higgins Clark once again spins literary magic.”
Library Journal
Kate and Hannah Connelly are no strangers to tragedy. Twenty-eight years ago, a boating accident killed their mother and uncle and injured their father. They were raised by their father, who owned the family antiques furniture reproduction plant and museum, but as the sisters reached adulthood and thrived as independent career women, their father’s personal life and business ventures spiraled out of control. Tragedy revisits the Connelly sisters when Kate makes a clandestine visit to her father’s business at 4:30 a.m. and is caught in a fiery explosion that lands her in a coma. Kate quickly becomes the prime suspect of attempted arson at her father’s floundering business. As the story unfolds, additional layers, clues, and twists emerge that hint that the destruction of the furniture plant is much more than an open-and-shut arson case.

Verdict Clark still delivers a delicious mystery after a 40-year reign as the prolific queen of suspense. Her tautly interwoven story lines, colorful characters, and suspenseful twists will enthrall mystery and fiction readers. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/12.]—Mary Todd Chesnut, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Reviews
Clark follows a complicated family mystery in this familiar story of individuals caught up in past misdeeds and present tragedies. As sisters, Kate and Hannah Connelly couldn't be more unalike: One is tall, blonde and good with numbers, the other, short with charcoal brown hair, is a budding fashion designer. But the two sisters share more than simply the bond that comes with being siblings--they have a father who is distant, self-absorbed and disinterested in their concerns. The three are tied together by virtue of the family business, which produces high-quality antique reproductions. When the quality of the products and orders fall off, the girls pressure their father, who wants to be called by his first name, Doug, to sell out. He refuses, despite their best efforts. Then, one night, the complex explodes, killing a former employee and landing Kate in the hospital, unconscious and fighting for her life. Clark then trots out the current plant manager; the widow and daughter of the dead man; two fire marshals, along with the wife of one of them; a woman whose daughter disappeared after moving to New York City in order to become an actress and her son, who is a lawyer; the family of a college student who was murdered two years earlier; a retired police detective; Hannah's best friend; and a plethora of other characters, all of whom are described down to their dental work. Also figuring heavily in the plot is a long-ago accident in which a boat driven by Doug Connelly sank and killed his wife, Susan, and his brother and the aftereffects of the Vietnam War. While the two fire marshals inexplicably continue to follow a case that spreads to include not simply arson, but other, more serious crimes that are not related to the explosion, the other characters find their lives and fates converging. Too many characters and too much extraneous information pad this lackluster tale that will resonate with Clark die-hards but won't bring new converts to the fold.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594575276
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, has written thirty-three suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. She is also the coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five holiday suspense novels. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone.

Biography

The Queen of Suspense, Bronx-born and -bred Mary Higgins Clark has achieved international success against heavy odds. Her father died when she was 11, and her mother struggled to raise and provide for Mary and her two brothers. Clark attended secretarial school after high school and worked for three years in an advertising agency before leaving to become a stewardess for Pan American Airlines. Throughout 1949, she flew international flights to Europe, Africa, and Asia. " I was in a revolution in Syria and on the last flight into Czechoslovakia before the Iron Curtain went down," she recalls. In 1950, she quit her job to marry Warren Clark, a neighbor nine years her senior whom she had known and admired since she was 16.

In the early years of her marriage, Clark began writing short stories, making her first sale in 1956 to Extension Magazine. Between writing and raising a family, the decade flew by. Then, in 1964, Warren Clark suffered a fatal heart attack, leaving his young widow with five children to support. She went to work writing radio scripts; and, around this time, she decided to try her hand at writing books. Inspired by a radio series she was working on, she drafted a biographical novel about George Washington. It was published in 1969 under the title Aspire to the Heavens. (In 2002, it was re-issued as Mount Vernon Love Story.) Her first suspense novel, Where Are the Children?, appeared in print in 1975. It was a huge hit and marked a turning point in her life. Since then, she has developed a loyal fan base, and each of her novels has hit the bestseller lists. She has also co-written stories and novels with her daughter Carol, a successful author in her own right.

In the 1970s, Clark enrolled in Fordham University at Lincoln Center, graduating summa cum laude in 1979. A great supporter of education, she has served as a trustee of her alma mater and Providence College and holds numerous honorary degrees. She remains active in Catholic affairs and has been honored with many awards. Her publisher, Simon & Schuster, funds an annual award in her name to be given to authors of suspense fiction writing in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition.

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    1. Hometown:
      Saddle River, New Jersey and New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 24, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      New York University; B.A., Fordham University, 1979
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Daddy’s Gone A Hunting


At four o’clock in the morning, Gus Schmidt dressed silently in the bedroom of his modest home on Long Island, hoping not to disturb his wife of fifty-five years. He was not successful.

Lottie Schmidt’s hand shot out to fumble for the lamp on the night table. Blinking to clear eyes that were heavy with sleep, she noticed that Gus was wearing a heavy jacket, and demanded to know where he was going.

“Lottie, I’m just going over to the plant. Something came up.”

“Is that why Kate called you yesterday?”

Kate was the daughter of Douglas Connelly, the owner of Connelly Fine Antique Reproductions, the furniture complex in nearby Long Island City where Gus had worked until his retirement five years earlier.

Lottie, a slight seventy-five-year-old with thinning white hair, slipped on her glasses and glanced at the clock. “Gus, are you crazy? Do you know what time it is?”

“It’s four o’clock and Kate asked me to meet her there at four thirty. She must have had her reasons and that’s why I’m going.”

Lottie could see that he was clearly upset.

Lottie knew better than to ask the question that was on both their minds. “Gus, I’ve had a bad feeling lately. I know you don’t want to hear me talk like this, but I sense something dark is going to happen. I don’t want you to go.”

In the shadowy 60-watt light of the night table lamp they glared at each other. Even as Gus spoke, he knew deep down he was frightened. Lottie’s claim to be psychic both irritated and scared him. “Lottie, go back to sleep,” he said angrily. “No matter what the problem is, I’ll be back for breakfast.”

Gus was not a demonstrative man but some instinct made him walk over to the bed, lean down, kiss his wife’s forehead, and run his hand over her hair. “Don’t worry,” he said firmly.

They were the last words she would ever hear him say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Good Mystery and Ending. Really enjoyed MHC's latest book. It

    Good Mystery and Ending. Really enjoyed MHC's latest book. It held me right to the end. Had a good beginning, grabbing your interest and held your attention right to the end. Sometimes her books are formula driven, but this one had more interest and suspence.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Mary Higgins Clark has written another fine suspense novel. The

    Mary Higgins Clark has written another fine suspense novel. The story focuses mostly on Hannah, who works tirelessly to discover the mystery behind the explosion that leaves a man dead and her sister's life hanging in the balance. I was stumped to figure out who was causing all the problem for Hannah and was totally blindsided when the bad person was finally revealed. If you like Mary's stories, you'll love this one even more.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Could not put it down.

    This novel was amazing from beginning to end. The characters feel like real people. The story keeps you wanting more and more. The ending makes you cry out in excitment and leaves you feeling shocked. You will never guess the ending its just too good.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Wonderful Read!!!

    This was once again another great one by her. I loved every minute of this book.... Can't wait for her next one.....

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Great story

    There is three unrealated deaths that are really related. The author writes from the viewpoint of all characters even the killer.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Probably the best book she has ever written.

    This is a book that's hard to put down once you begin to to read it.
    Don't peek - the ending will knock your socks off. Numero Uno !

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Great read

    Couldn't put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Gail

    Fantastic reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Great book - I couldn't put it down

    This was a great book with several plots going on to keep you interested. I think it's one of Mary Higgins Clark's best!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    It was "okay"

    I felt as if the book was predictable - I'd figured out some of the plot early.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 8, 2014

    Danny

    Haze:thats awesome
    <p><p><p><p>Marrie:she does

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    Posted June 7, 2014

    Jeff the killer to Caos

    Icharge caos with alot of energy i plunge my hands into the aura and began to drain it/hhim

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    Posted June 4, 2014

    Simone

    Hey marrie hows the baby gtg
    Smooches xoxoooooo

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    Walks in

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    Posted June 13, 2014

    Jonathan to marrie

    You got locked out? Go to next res

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    Sky to kiley

    Hooray!!!

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    Posted June 9, 2014

    TO SKY!!!

    MY MOM FOUND OUT ABOUT THE NOOK CHATTING!! SHES TAING IT AWAY FROM M!! IM SOOO SRRY BJT I HAVE TO GO!! THANK YOU FOR BEING THEIR WHEN I NEEDED IT! BYE SKY/KAYLA!!!

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    Posted June 9, 2014

    Haze

    Ok when you get back go to dubliners res 1.

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    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    highly recommended-worth a read

    Interesting and surprising and poignant. Once again Mary Higgins Clark does not disappoint

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