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Neeve Kearny may be the only person in New York worried about the disappearance of Ethel Lambston. Ethel, a bestselling author famous for her juicy exposés, is one of the best customers at Neeve's exclusive Madison Avenue boutique. But Ethel's ex-husband, her parasitical nephew, and the fashion moguls skewered in her latest article all have reason to be glad she's no longer around.

When Ethel Lambston is found with her throat cut, Neeve's memories of her mother's long-unsolved ...

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Overview


Neeve Kearny may be the only person in New York worried about the disappearance of Ethel Lambston. Ethel, a bestselling author famous for her juicy exposés, is one of the best customers at Neeve's exclusive Madison Avenue boutique. But Ethel's ex-husband, her parasitical nephew, and the fashion moguls skewered in her latest article all have reason to be glad she's no longer around.

When Ethel Lambston is found with her throat cut, Neeve's memories of her mother's long-unsolved murder loom up once again. Now as an innocent witness in the Lambston investigation, Neeve is drawn into a new nightmare...a sinister labyrinth of greed and ambition that will lead her into mortal danger...

A stunning tale of murder, glamour and romance, While My Pretty One Sleeps is the most exciting novel yet from Mary Higgins Clark, America's undisputed master of suspense.

Neeve Kearny may be the only person in New York worried about the death of Ethel Lambston. When Ethel, a bestselling author famous for her juicy exposes, is found with her throat cut, Neeve's memories of her mother's long-unsolved murder come to life. As an innocent witness in the Lambstone investigation, Neeve is drawn into a sinister labyrinth of greed and ambition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671673680
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/1990
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.24 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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.

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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From Chapter One

It took three hours to get back into the city. The driving became more treacherous and he tried to keep his distance from other cars. He didn't need a fender bender. Months from now no one would have any reason to know that he'd been out of the city today.

It worked according to plan. He stopped for a split second on Ninth Avenue and got rid of the plastic bag.

At eight o'clock he was delivering the car back to the gas station on Tenth Avenue that rented old cars as a sideline. Cash only. He knew they didn't keep records.

At ten o'clock, freshly showered and changed, he was in his place, gulping straight bourbon and trying to shake the sudden chilling attack of nerves. His mind went over every instant of the time that had elapsed since he'd stood in Ethel's apartment yesterday and listened to her sarcasm, her ridicule, her threats.

Then she'd known. The antique dagger from her desk in his hand. Her face filled with fear and she'd started to back away.

The exhilaration of slashing that throat, of watching her stumble backward through the archway to the kitchen and collapse onto the ceramic-tile floor.

He still was amazed at how calm he'd been. He'd bolted the door so that by some crazy trick of fate the superintendent or a friend with a key couldn't walk in. Everyone knew how eccentric Ethel could be. If someone with a key found that the door was bolted, they'd assume she didn't want to be bothered answering.

Then he had stripped his clothes off down to his underwear and put on his gloves. Ethel had been planning to go away to write a book. If he could get her out of here, people would think she'd left on her own. She wouldn't be missed for weeks, even months.

Now, gulping a mouthful of bourbon, he thought about how he had selected clothes from her closet, changing her from the blood-soaked caftan, pulling her pantyhose on, slipping her arms into the blouse and the jacket, buttoning the skirt, taking off her jewelry, forcing her feet into pumps. He winced as he remembered the way he'd held her up so that blood spurted over the blouse and the suit. But it was necessary. When she was found, if she was found, they had to think she'd died in that outfit.

He had remembered to cut out the labels that would have meant immediate identification. He had found the long plastic bag in the closet, probably returned by a cleaner on an evening gown. He had forced her into it, then cleaned the bloodstains that had spattered on the Oriental throw rug, washed the kitchen tile with Clorox, packed the suitcases with clothes and accessories, all the while working frantically against time....

He refilled the glass to the brim with bourbon, remembering when the phone had rung. The answering machine had come on and the sound of Ethel's rapid speech pattern. "Leave a message. I'll get back when and if I feel like it." It had made his nerves scream. The caller broke the connection and he'd turned off the machine. He didn't want a record of people calling, and perhaps remembering broken appointments later.

Ethel had the ground-floor apartment of a four-story brownstone. Her private entrance was to the left of the stoop that led to the main entry. In effect her door was shielded from the view of anyone walking along the street. The only period of vulnerability was the dozen steps from her door to the curb.

In the apartment, he'd felt relatively safe. The hardest part had come when, after he hid Ethel's tightly wrapped body and luggage under her bed, he opened the front door. The air had been raw and damp, the snow obviously about to begin falling. The wind had cut a sharp path into the apartment. He'd closed the door immediately. It was only a few minutes past six. The streets were busy with people coming home from work. He'd waited nearly two hours more, then slipped out, double-locked the door and gone to the cheap car rental. He'd driven back to Ethel's apartment. Luck was with him. He was able to park almost directly in front of the brownstone. It was dark and the street was deserted.

In two trips he had the luggage in the trunk. The third trip was the worst. He'd pulled his coat collar up, put on an old cap he'd found on the floor of the rented car and carried the plastic bag with Ethel's body out of the apartment. The moment when he slammed the trunk down had brought the first sense that he'd surely make it to safety.

It had been hell to go back into the apartment, to make certain that there was no trace of blood, no sign that he'd been there. Every nerve shrieked at him to get to the state park, to dump the body, but he knew that was crazy. The police might notice someone trying to get into the park at night. Instead he left the car on the street six blocks away, followed his normal routine and at 5 A.M. set out with the very early commuters....

It was all right now, he told himself. He was safe!

It was just as he was draining the last warming sip of bourbon that he realized the one ghastly mistake he had made, and knew exactly who would almost inevitably detect it.

Neeve Kearny.

Copyright © 1989 by Mary Higgins Clark

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2005

    ANOTHER GREAT CLARK MYSTERY

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. MARY HIGGINS CLARK IS AN EXCELLENT MYSTERY WRITER. I HAVE LOVED ALL HER BOOKS BECAUSE SHE KEEPS YOU GUESSING UNLIKE SOME MYSTERY AUTHORS. THE CHARACTERS ARE BELIEVABLE AND REALLY HOLD YOUR INTEREST.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2004

    Un-put-down-able, lots of suspense

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narration is smooth and enjoyable. Keeps you guessing till the end. If you like suspense novels, this one's for you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Great read

    Loved the book. Good read. Very enjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Eas Easy read

    Good mystery keeps you guessing till the end

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    Another entertaining mystery from Mary Higgins Clark

    Mary Higgins Clark's mysteries are full of twists and turns that you wouldn't expect. "While My Pretty One Sleeps" is no exception. An old murder, a new murder and an impending murder all wrapped up in the New York fashion design industry. A must read for murder mystery lovers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    The best MHC book ever!

    This is the only Mary Higgins Clark book I reread regularly. I wish she had written a sequel to this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Amazing!

    One of the best books i have ever read read this!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Great thriller, lots of twists and turns!

    Being a born and bred Jersey Girl, I got hooked on MH Clark because she often writes books set in NJ towns. This one based in NYC, is another great example of Clark keeping the reader guessing and hooked into her characters. Interesting tie-in to the fashion industry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2007

    Big MHC Fan!

    I loved this book. I love how in many of MHC's books she starts each chapter in her books with a different character who always plays a part in the plot. The only thing i didn't like was how the chapters were so long.Oh,well! It was very enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2003

    not impressive

    Unlike the other MHC novels this one lacks suspense, the plot is not as solid compare to her other works. Even the discovery of Ethel's body failed to deliver any shiver. The story slightly improves on the last few chapters. Generally, not a fascinating read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    Five Stars For a Reason

    It was a very enjoyable book. It kept you guessing the whole entire time. You never knew what was to come next. She used the perfect description for everything it made you feel like you were really there. I ain't know who was until the last chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    Excelsior!

    Mary Higgins Clark is a talented writer and has a natural knack for weaving suspenseful mysteries. Her menagerie of words never fail to captivate your mind, to cause you to read a few sentences and then stop to take guesses of what will happen next. She described her scenes brilliantly, making you see everything before your own eyes and making you imagine you were right there, seeing, smelling, and touching the scene. If you don't have time to read this book, or if you are a person who does not know how to maintain priorities, you shouldn't read it because you won't be able to put it down once you start. Excellent, excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2003

    Guessing till the End

    This is a classic, ¿Who done it?¿ mystery that is worth reading. When the notorious Ethel Lambston turns up missing, many people are asking the same question, 'What happened to her?' But Neeve Kearny isn't about to sit around and wait for answers. Using her keen sense of fashion, she is determined to put the pieces of this puzzle together but also finds herself in the path of danger. This is an excellent murder mystery that kept me wondering till the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2003

    very very god book

    it is a great book!!! i was positive who did it until the very last chapter!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2002

    good read

    this is a great read. held my attention to the end. but, i had it figured out very early.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2003

    Very suspensful

    The book was a little complicated to comprehend, but otherwise a very good book. The book evolves around the mysterious dissapearence of ethel lambston, a writer. Neeve is a clothing designer of ethel's who gets caught up in the whole mystery. After finding that it was a murder, Neeve helps to figure out why and who did it. But while doing so she also puts herself in danger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2003

    Good Book

    This was a pretty good book. It definitely kept my interest and I would recommend this to anyone. The only thing is that I figured out who the killer was before the author confirmed it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2002

    An Awsome Novel

    I read this book in a short period of time because I loved it and couln't put it down. I love suspence books and mysteries. Since this one is a murder mystery, I love it. I love being able to try to figure out who is the killer. Another awsome element is that it has more than one murder going on, even though they didn't happen at the same time. I would defanitly recomend tis book to others.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2002

    An Awesome Book

    I hate reading books but this book hooked me and I loved it. I couldn't quit reading it. It is by FAR the best book I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2002

    Not one of her best.

    Of all the Mary Higgins Clark books I have read, this does not rank among her greatest. This lacks the suspense that I have seen in her other books. I couldn't really get into the plot of the story.

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