Stillwatch

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"I TOLD YOU NOT TO COME..."
Slipped under the door of her Georgetown home, the note was an ominous reminder of Pat Traymore's past. The beautiful young television journalist had come to glamorous, high-powered Washington to produce a TV series. Her subject: Senator Abigail Jennings, slated for nomination as the first woman vice president of the United States.
With the help of an old flame, Congresman Sam Kingsley, Pat delves into Abigail's life, only to turn up horrifying facts ...

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Overview

"I TOLD YOU NOT TO COME..."
Slipped under the door of her Georgetown home, the note was an ominous reminder of Pat Traymore's past. The beautiful young television journalist had come to glamorous, high-powered Washington to produce a TV series. Her subject: Senator Abigail Jennings, slated for nomination as the first woman vice president of the United States.
With the help of an old flame, Congresman Sam Kingsley, Pat delves into Abigail's life, only to turn up horrifying facts that threaten to destroy senator's reputation and her career. Worse still, sinister connections to Pat's own childhood and the nightmare secrets hidden within are surfacing — secrets waiting to destroy her.

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Editorial Reviews

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Mona Simpson The New York TImes Book Review Mary Higgins Clark is a master plotter, seeding Stillwatch with crimes, clues, and psychopathic quirks that pay off....

Cathy Collison Detroit Free Press Clark's forte is making a normal situation chilling....{there is} sher terror when Mary Higgins Clark is the craftswoman.

Jeannine Klein United Press International You can't put it down until the last page is turned....Stillwatch hurtles to a terrifying conclusion.

Mona Simpson
Clark is a master plotter, seeding with crimes, clues, and psychopathic quirks that pay off.--New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671528201
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 142,619
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 1.01 (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
    2. Website:

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from Chapter 16

On the twenty-third of December at 2 P.M. Senator Abigail Jennings sat in the library of her home with Toby and Philip and watched the telecast as the Vice President of the United States formally tendered his resignation to the Chief Executive.

Her lips dry, her fingernails digging into her palms, Abigail listened as the Vice President, propped on pillows in his hospital bed, ashen-faced and obviously dying, said in a surprisingly strong voice, "I had expected to withhold my decision until after the first of the year. However, I feel that it is my clear duty to vacate this office and have the line of succession to Chief Executive of this great country uncompromised. I am grateful for the confidence the President and my party expressed when I was twice chosen to be the Vice Presidential candidate. I am grateful to the people of the United States for having given me the opportunity to serve them."

With profound regret, the President accepted the resignation of his old friend and colleague. When asked if he had decided on a replacement, he said, "I have a few ideas." But he declined to respond to the names suggested by the press.

Toby whistled. "Well, it's happened, Abby."

"Senator, mark my words . . ." Philip began.

"Be quiet and listen!" she snapped. As the scene in the hospital room ended, the camera focused on Luther Pelham in the newsroom of Potomac Cable.

"A historic moment," Luther began. With dignified reticence he recounted a brief history of the Vice Presidency and then came to the point. "The time has come for a woman to be selected for the high office . . . a woman with the necessary experience and proved expertise. Mr. President, choose her now."

Abigail laughed sharply. "Meaning me."

The phone began to ring. "That will be reporters. I'm not in," she said.

An hour later the press was still camped outside Abigail's home. Finally she agreed to an interview. Outwardly she was calm. She said that she was busy with preparations for a Christmas supper for friends. When asked if she expected to be appointed Vice President, she said in an amused tone, "Now, you really can't expect me to comment on that."

Once the door closed behind her, her expression and manner changed. Even Toby did not dare to cross the line.

Luther phoned to confirm the taping schedule. Abigail's raised voice could be heard throughout the house. "Yes, I saw it. You want to know something? I probably have this in the bag right now, without that damn program hanging over my head. I told you it was a rotten idea. Don't tell me you only wanted to help me.

You wanted to have me obligated to you, and we both know it."

Abigail's voice lowered, and Philip exchanged glances with Toby. "What did you find out?" he asked.

"Pat Traymore was up in Apple Junction last week. She stopped at the newspaper office and got some back issues. She visited Saunders, the guy who was sweet on Abby when she was a kid. He talked his head off to her. Then she saw the retired school principal who knew Abby. I was at Pat's house in Georgetown when Saunders phoned her."

"How much damage could any of those people do to the Senator?" Philip asked.

Toby shrugged. "It depends. Did you find out anything about the house?"

"Some," Philip told him. "We got to the realty company that has been renting it for years. They had a new tenant all lined up, but the bank handling the trust for the heirs said that someone in the family was planning to use it and it wouldn't be for rent again."

"Someone in the family?" Toby repeated. "Who in the family?"

"I would guess Pat Traymore," Philip said sarcastically.

"Don't get smart with me," Toby snapped. "I want to know who owns that place now, and which relative is using it."

Copyright © 1984 by Mary Higgins Clark

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    Highly recommended for mystery lovers!

    Mary Higgins Clark delves into political intrigue with this well written murder mystery. Journalist Pat Traymore moves to Washington DC to produce a television series. Her first subject: a politician slated to become the first female vice-president. The research begins to unearth old personal pain, prompts multiple threats and may destroy political aspirations. A very good read for mystery lovers!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

    Yummy!

    When I start one of her books I just can't stand to put them down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Cleverly Written Holds you in suspense

    As always, Mary Higgins Clark has put together most interesting carachters. It's a tale well woven to keep the reader glued to the pages in an effort to untangle the mysterious events.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    must read!

    I loved this book. I highly recommend it

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    Interesting

    I'm halfway through the book and it's holding my interest. I'm a big fan of Mary Higgins Clark. However, the publisher should be ashamed, there are MANY punctuation errors, typos and even use of the wrong words (i.e. Enemy rather than Emmy when referring to a TV award, and many others) very distracting!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Stillwatch is a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2011

    One of Mhc best

    I loved this book! It made me very interested in politics and Washington, both past and present. A must read.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    HATE SPOILERS!!!

    I love Mary Higgins Clark. However, i was apprehensive about reading this book so i decided to look at some reviews. However, as i am reading through i see a lot of people telling me what the story is about or what happens. I hate that when i read a review. Please write a review of book and not a synopsis.!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

    A good suspense mystery

    Stillwatch is an interesting and suspenseful story, usual in many ways to Mary Higgins Clark's other novels, of which I have read most. Storyline tends to drag in some areas, then picks up again very quickly. This book will not disappoint Clark fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2006

    Stillwatch

    I enjoyed this book very much. Mary is a master at keeping her readers on the edge of their seats. When I finished reading this I felt like a little kid coming home to tell their parents about some field trip they went on that day. Marys' imagination is wicked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2005

    Clark is da bomb man

    Mary higgins IS the queen of suspense. This was one of the top two books out of the 6 books ive read of her. I luved this book. It was really good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2004

    Best Book Read

    This is the first book I read of Mary Higgins Clark but it was the best. It keep me hanging on the book every moment I had a spare time. It was the best. She is the queen of suspense but in this story it was kinda predictable who would be the 'bad - doer' I know there's not such word as 'doer' but bear with me here. Still you could've guess it was Abby's friend (not giving away the story) who does everything because it's too much of a coincidence. Still it was good book so fans read this one it would knock your shoes off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    Very Interesting

    This story had everything. Love, betrayal, loyalty, suspense, you name it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2002

    Confusing, but yet satisfying!

    I think that Stillwatch was a very good book by MHC, but I like some of her other work better. I wasn't really into books until I started reading Mary's work. This book did keep me into it like all of her others, but I like some of her other work better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2001

    ONE OF HER BEST'S!

    This was the very first book that I have read of MHC and I thought that it was amazing! The best book that I have ever read. Now I cant stop reading MHC book's. I am very fond of her work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2000

    Betrayal....

    It hurts to be betrayed, especially by those people whom you trust most. This is the case for both Patricia/Kerry & yes, even Abigail Jennings. For Patricia, it's her grandmother & aunt/adoptive mom concealing the truth about her parent's relationship. They have the most genuine concern & her interest at heart but hiding the truth & telling something otherwise hurts more. Likewise with Abigail, she may not be an angel nor a saint but she believed (rather chose to believe)lies told to her by her most trusted personnel & that got her into deeper trouble. Again, Toby did (& earnestly believed) what he had to do for Abby's sake (& his as well) but the truest intention when coupled with the wrong means tends to backfire. I applaud the author's style of moulding the characters in the story. Not one individual was 100% evil nor saint. Even our antagonists have a heart. They had the noblest intentions but just got lost somewhere along the way. This story also awakened a belief taught to me by my mother when I was still a kid & that is 'You'll never succeed if you don't acknoweldge where you came from'. Admit it, not everyone is born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Most of the time, we have to claw our way up. But we should always remember our past, our beginnings. We should not deny & hide it because we are afraid that we will not be accepted by society if they come to know about our background. Instead, we should make this our inspiration & driving force. & if we do succeed, the more we should acknowledge it to set as an example to others who are still trying to find their way up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2000

    kazs praz!!

    I had thought that I had read all of the books that Mary Higgins Clark has written and then I found Stillwatch. I love the way that Mary Higgins Clark makes you hate Senator Jennings, for the way that she treated Pat Traymore. I love the way that we all feel sadness and courage for Pat/Kerry.How we all hope that she has enough courage to stand up to Senator Jennnings,to uncover the truth about her father and her mother.This was a great reading adventure, as always,I look forward to her next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2000

    Good Mary Higgins Clark book

    Stillwatch is a good book by Mary Higgins Clark, but it's not one of her best. I liked the plot and it was very suspenseful. There is just something about this book I didn't like and don't know what. But still if you are a big Mary Higgins Clark fan, like me, then read Stillwatch.

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    Posted May 2, 2011

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