“Mary Jane Clark weaves her magic yet again with HIDE YOURSELF AWAY.” The Bergen Record
“A first-rate suspense novel with fine characters and a great plot twist.” Globe & Mail
“Knows the ins and outs of a broadcast newsroom and she gives the setting plenty of verisimilitude. A nice mix of mystery and domestic drama.” Booklist
“Virtually everyone is a suspect.” Publishers Weekly
“Clark has taken the rich and richer setting of Newport, RI, introduced a bunch of ambitious, would-be TV producers...and mixed in some history along with murder most foul.” The Orlando Sentinel
This plodding seventh thriller in Clark's popular KEY News series is distinguished chiefly by the author's insider perspective on major network TV. Grace Callahan, 32-year-old divorced single mom, is the oldest (and by far the neediest) of four TV interns competing for a permanent spot on the crew of KEY to America, a major network news show, when the team departs to do a weeklong remote broadcast from historic Newport, R.I. Forced to leave her 11-year-old daughter, Lucy, in the care of her philandering ex-husband and his Barbie doll wife (who are suing for full custody), Grace develops a crush on her producer, B.J. D'Elia, and feels drably inferior to fellow intern Joss Vickers, super-chic daughter of a wealthy Newport family. The story is kicked into motion by the discovery of the skeleton of a socialite who disappeared 14 years before in an old Underground Railroad tunnel ("a human skull and bones, swaddled in yards of gold lame"), and the number of suspects and clues (smelly red herrings) rapidly proliferate to include a sleazy local scrimshander, a tattoo artist and a clambake master-all this before Grace's fellow interns begin to fall victim to the paranoid murderer. Even Clark's most faithful fans will be fatigued by the repetitive soap opera plot, which wears on and on until virtually everyone is suspect. Agent, Laura Dail. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Clark covers familiar territory in this return to the KEY Network news division (Nowhere To Run). Protagonist Grace Callahan, a 30-plus intern on the Key to America news show, has resumed her journalism studies after an early pregnancy and is now the single parent of a daughter. The KEY team travels to Newport, RI, for a week, and just as they arrive a body is found in an abandoned tunnel. Charlotte Sloane was murdered 14 years earlier, but then quickly there are several other murders, including some KEY interns. Many clues are thrown out along the way, although there is no way to identify the murderer until the very end. The fast pace and skilled reading by Sarah Hamilton allow the listener to overlook the stereotyped and somewhat underdeveloped characters and get caught up in the story. Recommended for public libraries where light suspense and Clark are popular.-Mary Knapp, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
KEY News goes to Newport, where the exclusive estates are just as thickly strewn with corpses. The first victim was heiress Charlotte Wagstaff Sloane, who went missing from Shepherd's Point 14 years ago, leaving behind a husband, a daughter, and an imperious sister. Just as the crew for Key to America is packing to move up to Newport for a week's worth of broadcasts comes the news that a skeleton swathed in gold lame has been found in a tunnel beneath the estate, a tunnel once used as part of the Underground Railroad. Wholesome new intern Grace Callahan, a single mother at 32, is struggling to keep up with her much younger competition-glamourpuss Jocelyn Vickers, Afro-British Zoe Quigley, and good old Okie Sam Watkins-for the coveted assistant producer's job at the end of the rainbow. In the meantime, however, Charlotte's killer, like a dormant volcano, flares once more to deadly life, killing Madeleine Sloane before she can reveal too much about her memories of the day her mother disappeared, and then going after the interns, each of whom seems to have popped up as a witness at exactly the wrong time. Although Grace is battling her ex for custody of her daughter Lucy, she enjoys at least one consolation: She'll probably be the last intern standing, the one slated for the climactic showdown with the murderer. Clark shortens her chapters to a page or two in search of suspense, but the characters are slotted so early and so decisively into their ordained roles-Grace's rivals, the local experts she consults, future victims, red herrings-that the whole effect is reassuring, even soothing. The least distinctive of the KEY chronicles (Nowhere to Run, 2003, etc.) is also-surprise!-the one mostindistinguishable from the franchise in upscale suburban menace patented by the author's ex-mother-in-law, that other Mary Clark. Agent: Laura Dail/Laura Dail Agency