Smooth is the word for this expert thriller by CBS producer and writer Clark (Let Me Whisper in Your Ear, etc.). Moving along effortlessly and unhurriedly, acquiring characters and subplots as it goes, and always focusing on the climax the reader knows will come when the killer finally makes his move, Clark's tale delivers the goods. Eliza Blake, anchor for the KEY Evening Headlines, is a 30-something celebrity, beautiful, smart and good at her job; she is also a single mother determined to be a good parent. As the novel begins, she has just vacated her New York apartment for a house in the suburbs, intent on escaping memories of her husband's death by cancer. Unfortunately, just after she moves, she begins to receive a fresh crop of threatening phone calls and letters. Hate mail is an occupational hazard for a new anchor, it seems, not to be taken too seriously unless, as in this case, the ante gets raised. Eliza finds herself threatened by several obsessives, two of whom may be dangerous, one of whom has killed before. These people are clever, not easy to detect or to catch. Clark's depiction of the stalkers who plague celebrities disturbs and convinces, and her characters come alive on the page: criminal, sick, genuinely evil, or simply flawed and very human. This is an excellent psychological thriller that will keep readers pleasantly bound to the page. Author tour. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
More low-impact peril among the felony-prone denizens of New York's KEY News network (Let Me Whisper in Your Ear, 2000, etc.), the victim this time the most thoroughly stalked news anchor in fiction. Eliza Blake is 30 years younger and prettier than Rather, Jennings, and Brokaw, so it's no surprise that everybody loves her. Bartender Cornelius ("Meat") Bacon shows his love by writing letters criticizing her outfits as too revealing or sluttish. Jerry Walinski shows his by leaving messages on her voice mail at work announcing that he loves her and can't live without her. KEY producer Keith Chapel shows his love by fantasizing about her as he lies next to his pregnant, uninterested wife, and frustrated lesbian Abigail Snow in the KEY promotion department shows hers by leaving a gift box of Victoria's Secret lingerie outside her office door with an insinuating note. Even widowed mom Eliza, at first lulled into a sense of security by the house she's bought in toney HoHoKus, New Jersey, eventually notices that she's being stalked, perhaps by the very same man responsible for Garden State Network anchor Linda Anderson's mysterious disappearance five years ago this Halloween. She'd be even better off if she realized that her mechanic has pinched her house key preparatory to robbing her, or that the man who sold her the house is hiding a dire secret about how such a desirable property ever came to be vacant. As Mary Higgins Clark's ex-daughter-in-law counts down the breathless hours to Halloween, readers can marvel at a suspect pool so deep that some nuts end up protecting Eliza from even nuttier nuts who are trying to elbow their way to the front of the queue. Eliza finally identifies thebiggest nut in the final chapter. Shame on you if it takes you even half as long.
“[An] expert tale...delivers the goods.” Publishers Weekly
“Clark's story retains its suspense throughout.” Newark Star-Ledger
“A frightening-- and firsthand-- look at the darker side of celebrity.” Sun Herald (Colusa, CA)