Daddy's Gone A Hunting

Daddy's Gone A Hunting

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by Mary Higgins Clark
     
 

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In this new novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark, the reigning “Queen of Suspense,” a dark secret from a family’s past threatens the lives of two sisters, Kate and Hannah Connelly.

When the family-owned furniture firm, including the mansion where priceless antiques are kept, explodes into flames in

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In this new novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark, the reigning “Queen of Suspense,” a dark secret from a family’s past threatens the lives of two sisters, Kate and Hannah Connelly.

When the family-owned furniture firm, including the mansion where priceless antiques are kept, explodes into flames in the middle of the night, Kate must escape to save her life. But the suspicious circumstances point to her involvement. Was the explosion set deliberately? Why was Kate, a gorgeous CPA for one of the biggest accounting firms in the country, on the premises at that hour? And why was Gus, a retired and trusted employee, with her? Now Gus is dead and Kate lies in the hospital gravely injured. Hannah, Kate’s sister and a rising fashion designer, must discover what drew them there and what dangerous secrets lies hidden in the ashes. Step by step, 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. Daddy’s Gone A Hunting presents the reader with a perplexing mystery and a fascinating cast of characters—one of whom may just be a ruthless killer.

Editorial Reviews

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.)
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

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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.
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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451668940
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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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.

  • Meet the Author

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has written thirty-two suspense novels; three collections of short stories; an historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges and two children’s books, The Magical Christmas Horse and Ghost Ship. She is the coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five suspense novels: Dashing Through the Snow, Deck the Halls, He Sees You When You’re Sleeping, The Christmas Thief, and Santa Cruise. More than 100 million copies of her books are in print in the United States alone, and her books are worldwide bestsellers.

    Brief Biography

    Hometown:
    Saddle River, New Jersey and New York, New York
    Date of Birth:
    December 24, 1929
    Place of Birth:
    New York, New York
    Education:
    New York University; B.A., Fordham University, 1979
    Website:
    http://www.simonsays.com/subs/index.cfm?areaid=12

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