Zapped (Regan Reilly Series #11)

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It's a hot, humid July night in New York City. Where were you when the lights went out?

A New York City resident for many years, Carol Higgins Clark was there during the blackout of 2003. Not surprisingly, she felt that Regan and Jack Reilly should one day share the experience!

As Zapped begins, the Reillys return home from a summer weekend to the loft in Tribeca they are in the agonizing process of renovating and expanding. They are looking ...

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Overview

It's a hot, humid July night in New York City. Where were you when the lights went out?

A New York City resident for many years, Carol Higgins Clark was there during the blackout of 2003. Not surprisingly, she felt that Regan and Jack Reilly should one day share the experience!

As Zapped begins, the Reillys return home from a summer weekend to the loft in Tribeca they are in the agonizing process of renovating and expanding. They are looking forward to a quiet supper on their newly acquired rooftop terrace. But it's not meant to be. While Jack goes to pick up Chinese food, Regan enters their apartment, unaware that a nervous thief, who preceded her by minutes, is hiding in the front closet. A thief who knows about a hidden safe that Regan and Jack have yet to discover. Minutes later, the blackout strikes, and both Reillys are called into action.

A new gallery in SoHo, featuring treasured glass sculptures from all over the world, has been burglarized. As head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, Jack oversees several departments. Art theft is one of them.

PI Regan hears from her best friend, Kit, who is in Manhattan on business. She's been abandoned at a comedy club by a colleague from an insurance convention, Georgina Mathieson, who ran out for a cigarette moments before the blackout struck and never came back. Kit gets a call that Georgina is disturbed and dangerous. Fueled by her rage at a college boyfriend who dumped her, Georgina seeks revenge on unsuspecting young blond men. She was last seen getting into a cab outside the club — with a tall blond. Regan heads the search for Georgina and her potential victim.

Meanwhile, Lorraine Lily, an almost famous actress, returns to New York City the night of the blackout, after spending three months in England doing a play, and is informed by her estranged husband, Conrad Spreckles, that he'd sold his loft to their next-door neighbors, the Reillys. Lorraine had never told him about the hidden safe she'd had installed in the closet. If she doesn't get back what's in there, she's sure her budding career will be ruined.

In Zapped, Clark takes readers on a tour of the city they won't forget and introduces them to a wonderful cast of colorful, eccentric characters whose stories intersect in precarious and often humorous ways during one very dark and hot summer night.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Three separate investigations, conducted during a blackout, propel Clark's diverting 11th mystery to feature PI Regan Reilly (after 2007's Laced). Soon after Regan and her husband, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, return home to Manhattan from a weekend on the Cape, the lights go out across the city. In the darkness, Regan is dismayed to discover an intruder has left behind a stun gun in their apartment, which is undergoing renovations. Hours later, Jack looks into the theft of some unusual glass sculptures from a SoHo art gallery. In addition, the pair become involved in the frantic search for Georgina Mathieson, a psychotic with a track record for branding blond men, before she can claim her next victim. The number of coincidences, including one that allows the heroes to save the day in the nick of time, may be on the high side, but fans of lighter crime fare will be satisfied. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416563822
  • Publisher: Pocket Star
  • Publication date: 1/27/2009
  • Series: Regan Reilly Series , #11
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 234,535
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 4.18 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Higgins Clark

Carol Higgins Clark is the author of fourteen previous bestselling Regan Reilly mysteries. She is coauthor, along with her mother, Mary Higgins Clark, of a bestselling holiday mystery series. Also an actress, Carol Higgins Clark studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and has recorded several of her mother’s works as well as her own novels. She received AudioFile’s Earphones Award of Excellence for her reading of Jinxed. She lives in New York City. Her website is CarolHigginsClark.com.

Carol Higgins Clark is the author of fourteen previous bestselling Regan Reilly mysteries. She is coauthor, along with her mother, Mary Higgins Clark, of a bestselling holiday mystery series. Also an actress, Carol Higgins Clark studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and has recorded several of her mother’s works as well as her own novels. She received AudioFile’s Earphones Award of Excellence for her reading of Jinxed. She lives in New York City. Her website is CarolHigginsClark.com.

Biography

If Mary Higgins Clark is the Queen of Suspense, then her daughter, Carol, could be considered the Princess of the Pratfall for the quirky comedy she liberally sprinkles throughout her bestselling Regan Reilly mysteries. As a reviewer once said, "Mary Higgins Clark goes for the jugular; Carol Higgins Clark goes for the funny bone."

Clark's apprenticeship to her mega-bestselling mom began early on. In 1975, when she was a student at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, mama Mary was still working full time, supporting five children on her own while trying to get her fledgling career as a novelist off the ground. Daughter Carol did her part to help, pitching in between term papers and acting classes to peck away at her mother's pages on a manual typewriter, making savvy edits along the way.

She recalled to the Philadelphia Inquirer her early days as an unsung editrix of her mother's work: "In one of her books, Loves Music, Loves to Dance, she had a serial killer who was making dates through the personal ads and then killing the girls. So the best friend of one of the girls he killed is trying to figure out who might have done it, so she's going out on these dates. So I was reading it and going over it with my mother and she had all these bars in New York. I said, 'No one goes there, no one goes there.' So I changed all the bars and restaurants. And People magazine said in its review: 'Clark offers a well-informed tour of New York's singles haunts.' So that was my contribution to that book. But I was really learning a lot."

After a few acting stints in off-Broadway theater, movies, and television -- her first role was as an extra on the soap opera Ryan's Hope -- Clark decided to try her hand at writing her own novel. She conjured up a semi-autobiographical heroine, sleuth Regan Reilly (who just so happens to have a celebrity author mother), and Decked debuted in 1992, garnering nominations for both an Agatha and an Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Clark relishes researching each new Regan Reilly adventure, gleaning inspiration from real-life capers both daffy and decadent.

After establishing herself in her own right as a farcical force to be reckoned with -- all of her Regan Reilly novels hit the New York Times bestseller list -- Clark teamed up with her mother in 2000 to pen their first holiday-themed thriller, Deck the Halls. We think it's pretty safe to say Carol didn't have to do all the typing!

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Clark:

"My first job was at a dry cleaner's. You'd be amazed at what you find in people's pockets! All sorts of clues about their lives! I had a character in Iced who worked at a dry cleaner's."

"I started out as an actress, and that background has helped me with my books. I love going to the theatre."

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A burst of humid air greeted Lorraine Lily as she exited the baggage claim area at Kennedy Airport and headed to the taxi stand. The unbearably hot night did nothing to improve her mood. Her high heels were killing her feet and she was tired. When she finally made it to the front of the line, the next yellow cab pulled up quickly. The driver popped the trunk, got out, and eyed her one carry-on bag.

"That's it?" he asked.

"They lost my luggage."

"What a surprise," he grunted. "Don't worry. In this weather, all you need is a bathing suit. Hop in."

In the back of the cab, Lorraine was grateful to find that at least the air-conditioning was functioning at a decent level. She pushed her auburn hair off her forehead and sighed. The driver looked at her through the rearview mirror.

"Where are you going?"

"Downtown Manhattan." She gave him the address.

His only reaction was to step on the gas.

Lorraine reached into her massive handbag, pulled out her cell phone, and took a deep breath. How many more deep breaths am I going to need in my life? she wondered. She was sick of people telling her to take a deep breath. Everyone from the baggage claims supervisor to her estranged husband, Conrad. She'd had a wonderful three months away, and now it was back to reality.

P. Conrad Spreckles picked up on the second ring.

"I've landed," she told him.

"Back on home soil," he responded in a remote tone.

"They lost my luggage."

"It's probably wandering the earth. Just like its owner."

"I wasn't wandering the earth, dear. I was acting in an important new play that could be a springboard for my career."

"In a remote town in England with a population of eleven people. You may as well have performed it in our basement up here in Greenwich."

"We had wonderful audiences," Lorraine protested. "You wouldn't know since you didn't bother to come. Listen, Conrad, we need to talk. But right now I'm too tired. I'll sleep at the loft and take a car to Connecticut in the morning."

"There's nothing to talk about," he said flatly. "I filed for divorce."

Lorraine gasped. She was shocked that he'd taken such a drastic step. Not that she wanted to stay married. But she was hoping to be supported for a while longer while she pursued her career. Doing her best to sound saddened, she murmured. "Well, Conrad, if that's how you feel..."

"It's how I feel."

"Okay. I'll spend the night at the apartment..."

"You can't."

"Why not?"

"I sold it."

"You sold it?" Lorraine shrieked. The cabbie turned around to take a quick look, then shifted his attention back to the road. She lowered her voice and hissed, "How could you?"

"Funny you took the news very well about parting ways with me. But the thought of losing the apartment..."

"You had no right."

"I had every right. The loft was mine. It says so very clearly in the prenuptial agreement you signed two years ago." Conrad laughed mirthlessly. "That was when I believed you loved me for me instead of my money."

"I did love you..." Lorraine protested. "I mean I DO love you."

"Serves me right for letting my head be turned by a beautiful woman more than twenty years younger. Anyway, time to move on. I'll sell the house -- the love nest we were going to be so happy in for the rest of our lives -- and you'll get half."

Lorraine felt physically ill. "Who did you sell the loft to?" she sputtered.

"Our next-door neighbor Jack Reilly and his new wife, Regan. When they returned from their honeymoon three months ago, I made them an offer they couldn't refuse. They're already in the process of combining the two apartments. I'm sure they'll find a lot more happiness within those walls than we...

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A great mystery

    After spending a delightful weekend at the Cape, NYPD Major Case Squad Chief Detective Jack Reilly and his wife private investigator Regan return to Manhattan. Jack stops for some Chinese take-out while Regan enters their partially renovated apartment where she finds a stun gun on the floor. Obviously someone broke and entered leaving behind evidence. However, a blackout engulfs the city leaving Reilly in the dark. Lorraine Lily is cursing her estrange husband for selling the pad to the Reillys without informing her while she was performing in London. She had a safe built that she needs to open before the Reillys find it or watch her career die.------------------- Not too long afterward Jack is in Soho investigating a theft of valuable sculptures from an art gallery. Meanwhile their friend Kit calls frantically as she says she was with deranged Georgina at a comedy club when the woman vanished just as the blackout occurred they know Georgina hates and hurts blond men.. Regan gathers a group to find them before her date is branded. Ironically the person who broke into her apartment and left the stun gun behind helps on the search------------------- The chance meter is stratospheric as a series of coincidences especially the final spin stacks the deck. However, fans will not care as Regan works the B&E, Jack the art theft, and together the Georgina branding in a fast-paced suspense crime thriller in which Manhattanites think nothing of a blackout in July as this is somewhat the norm.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2009

    Good book

    Zapped is an excellent edition to the cozy mysteries written by Carol Higgins Clark. The book is set during a blackout in New York and you feel almost as if you are there with them. It's great how she can write about the different character's stories and how they all relate to each other and tie together. I especially enjoyed the part of how the stolen items were recovered. And it was great how there was the one hotel that opened early so that people could stay there and enjoy the "state of the art generator" that was working so that at least a few people didn't have to be out in the heat and they could ride the elevators during the blackout. Wouldn't it be nice if all apartment buildings and hotels had generators like that for during blackouts, ice storms, etc.?

    Carol's books are always cozy, amusing mysteries and I find myself laughing several times during the books. Her books are cozies, not like the sometimes scary suspense her mother, Mary Higgins Clark, writes. Carol's books are for those who prefer cozies. Any adult who likes cozies can read these and understand them. That's often what mysteries are about, cozy or otherwise, different characters whose lives all tie together somehow. Even regular adult fiction is like that.

    I look forward to Cursed and many more books by Carol.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2009

    Zapped

    This book was terrible. When I was a young girl,I read "The Nancy Drew Mysteries". That was wonderful because I was about twelve years old. This book was geared for a reader of that age. For an adult, not only was the plot ridiculous but it bordered on stupid. For instance, on Page 161, during a total blackout, two of the characters ran out of a hotel suite and took and elevator - duh!! I have read Carol Higgins Clark's books before and tried to give her a chance. No more. They are a waste of time and not even entertaining. Unfortunately, she does not have the talent of her mother. She would never be published if not for her mother's reputation.

    Margaret

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    This one Zapped me for the better!

    I was looking for a mystery but yet something light...and this was the perfect choice! It was the first Jack/Regan book I have read...and it did not matter that I had not read the others. The story was interesting and it was kind of fun to see how people kept intertwining with each other. For a change of pace, read this one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    Good as a cozy mystery.

    This story deals with Regan and Jack returning from their honeymoon and redecorating their apartment. I liked the story, but as a cozy mystery, not as a suspense, as there was little suspense to this story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 2, 2014

    Orion

    Waits

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  • Posted September 23, 2013

    This is one of my favorites for the Regan Reilly Series. I so e

    This is one of my favorites for the Regan Reilly Series. I so enjoyed it. All the different stuff going on during the black out.

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    Posted January 5, 2013

    Warriors Den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Snowclaw

    Snow white she- cat with ice blue eyes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    This book was entertaining and interesting

    I would recommend this book due to easy to follow yet having suspense and keeping my interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

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    Disappointing!

    I stopped reading Carol Higgins Clark years ago but this book sounded good enough to try again. Really disappointed. The book is not written for an adult, it is written for an immature reader. The plot was flimsy and there were a number of large holes in it, especially for somebody who lived through the 2003 blackout in NYC. Buy it for your 12 year old daughter but don't bother with it otherwise.

    If you want a good mystery, get one of the "In Death" books by J.D. Robb.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Carol Clark Higgins "Zapped" it Again

    The story is quirky with all of the characters interacting and relating in unexpected ways. Ms Higgins is always an entertaining read.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    ZAPPED!

    I love Carol Higgins Clark Regan Reilly series.

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

    Great Book!

    Zapped was another fast and exciting story from Carol. I have several of her books and find them all very entertaining. I read almost every night to relax my thoughts, sometimes though I will read until 1:00am because I can't put her book down!

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

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    Characters

    Okay, so I enjoyed the story of this book and the plot was well thought up. The main thing I did not like about this book was that Carol and Mary put too many characters. It's like every chapter or so they introduce some other person into the story and it makes it hard to keep up with what they're all doing. I liked how its mysterious and I must admit, I did want to know what was going to happen but it took me a long time to read this book because of the fact I did not enjoy being confused with the different people. Sorry readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2009

    Zapped

    Really didn't care for it. Had too many plots.
    Wore me out trying to unwind it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    GREAT COZY!

    If you like cozy mysteries, then the Regan R. series is one you'll most likely enjoy. Zapped was an excellent edition to this cozy mystery series. Sure, there may be mistakes in the books sometimes, even a mistake the equivalent of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone using her keys at a door without returning to her car to get the keys out of the ignition (E is for Evidence I believe). Mistakes happen to the best of us, cozy or serious mystery. It's all part of life. I found Zapped to be a bit more suspenseful than her other books. If you're looking for Mary Higgins Clark's mysteries, then buy MHC's books, not CHC's. You wouldn't buy Sue Grafton's books looking for her father's writing, so don't do that with CHC's books. I enjoy both MHC AND CHC's books but actually prefer CHC's because they aren't as serious and I like to read cozies that are lighter and with cleaner language usually. Thank you CHC for another excellent cozy. I really enjoy Regan and Jack's adventures. I definitely recommend Zapped and all of CHC's series to cozy mystery fans, and those who, as myself, are capable of reading and enjoying cozy and serious mysteries.

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  • Posted November 27, 2008

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    Written for the teenage audience

    This is the second book in the Regan Reilly Mystery series that I have read (listened to). I enjoy her mother¿s work but Carol Higgins Clark is not the writer her mother, Mary Higgins Clark is. Don¿t believe that the daughter can write, just because her mother can.<BR/><BR/>The book never really got into a real mystery story, in my humble opinion. And, there were so many characters that I couldn¿t keep them all straight. ZAPPED left me feeling like it was written for a teenager reader. <BR/><BR/>A black out in New York City is the setting but instead of focusing on one mystery (problem), there were several. They included a gal drugging a guy to get revenge, stolen art glass, a divorcing couple, a computer geek, an apartment being renovated and a secret safe. Ms. Clark wove all these unrelated stories together so they all merged in the end but it was just too confusing for me to follow in a story that held my interest.<BR/><BR/>The main character of Regan Reilly and her husband, Jack, are a bigger than life couple. Regan is a detective and Jack is a cop. Between them, nothing seems impossible. It is just all too storybook for my tastes.<BR/><BR/>Ms. Higgins is the reader and there is nothing better than the author reading their own work. They know the inflections they wish the characters to have on certain words/sentences.<BR/><BR/>If you want to read a light, nonsensical book, ZAPPED is it. If you want a mystery to ¿get your teeth into¿, pick another book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    Sorry

    I have every book written. by both mother and daughter. I so sorry couldn't keep interested. I never put there books down till finish. This did not hold my interest. I was really disappointed. Judy

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