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Editorial Reviews


“The mistress of high tension.”  (The New Yorker)

“Mary Higgins Clark has penned yet another mystery that will keep her at the top of the suspense writers list for a very long time….Daddy’s Gone A Hunting will chill readers….This one is not to be missed.” (

“A flawless storyteller.”  (The Washington Post Book World)

“The grande dame of American thriller writing.”  (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

“Clark, known rightly as the Queen of Suspense, performs her usual magic.”

(Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“They say that Agatha Christie was the Grand Dame of Mystery. If that’s true, then Mary Higgins Clark must be the Marquise, because this book is a royal treat. . . . The Lost Years is truly a keeper.”

(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

“The cast of characters is large, and each member is distinctly drawn in the way that only Mary Higgins Clark can create ‘real’ people on the page.”


“Fans will bite their nails to the quick.”

(Kirkus Reviews)

“Teeming with tantalizing twists, Clark’s crackling tale of identity theft, revenge, and murder is a tempting and thought-provoking thriller.”


“With unexpected plot twists, interesting characters, and a crisp narrative, Mary Higgins Clark once again spins literary magic.”

(Tucson Citizen)

“Intense . . . the action hurtles to a surprising resolution.”

(Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, has written thirty-four 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. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels, and also wrote The Cinderella Murder with bestselling author Alafair Burke. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Printing edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451668945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451668940
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I were to define myself in one sentence, I would say, "I'm a nice Irish Catholic girl from the Bronx."

I was a Christmas Eve baby all those years ago, the second of the three children of Nora and Luke Higgins. Mother was pushing forty when they married and my father was forty-two. My older brother was named Joseph. Nineteen months later I, Mary, was born. Three and a half years later, my little brother, John, came along.

We lived in a very nice section of the Bronx on a street off Pelham Parkway. I loved our house. I still love it. After my father died, when I was eleven, my mother had to sell it.

I went to Saint Francis Xavier Grammar School. Two years ago I went back and was Principal for a Day. Escorted by two of the tiniest children, I was led into the auditorium while the whole student body sang "Hello Mary. You're back where you belong." I still tear up thinking about it.

I was awarded a scholarship to Villa Maria Academy which is in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, otherwise I couldn't have afforded to set foot in it.

I went to Woods Secretarial School and at eighteen had my first full-time job as Secretary to the creative director of Remington Rand's in-house advertising agency. If I were making that choice now I would have gone to college even though God knows we needed the income. On the other hand the three years I spent in Remington Rand was a tutorial in advertising which served me well when I was widowed with five small children. Another plus was that I left Remington to be a flight stewardess with Pan American Airways and when my contemporaries were seniors in college, I was flying to Europe, Africa and Asia.

Warren Clark and I were married on December 26, 1949 and had five children in the next eight years; Marilyn, Warren, David, Carol and Patricia. Warren died of a heart attack in 1964. The highest compliment I can pay my kids are that they are like him.

I sold my first short story when I was twenty-eight. It was alled 'Stowaway'. It had been rejected forty times before a magazine in Chicago bought it for one hundred dollars.

My first book was about George Washington. It was published in 1969 and disappeared without a trace. Three years ago Simon and Schuster co-published it with the Mount Vernon Historical Society and retitled 'Mount Vernon Love Story', it became a bestseller.

My first suspense novel 'Where Are the Children' was bought in 1974 for three thousand dollars by Simon and Schuster. Thirty-three books later, I'm still with S&S.

Time to wind up - at least for the present. As soon as I sold 'Children' I enrolled in Fordham College. Went there for five years at night and earned a B.A. in Philosophy. Summa cum laude, if you please.

I never thought I'd marry again but ten years ago I threw a cocktail party on St. Patrick's day. My daughter, Pat, urged me to invite John Conheeney. Her opening words about him were, "Have I got a hunk for you!" He came to the party and we were married eight months later.

I'm Honorary Chairman of FraXa Research. My grandson, David, has the Fragile X syndrome, which is the second leading cause of retardation after Downs Syndrome. Basically the brain of the people who have it can't send out the proper signals because there's a kind of short circuit in the synapses that carry the signals. We raise money for research with the goal of finding a medication that will work around that short circuit. I go all over the country to the fund-raisers as new chapters of FraXa are opened.

I'm always asked to name my favorite book. They're ALL my favorites. If there is one book that is very special to me, it is my memoir 'Kitchen Privileges' because writing it made me relive my early life including those first struggles to become a writer. I think 'Kitchen Privileges' is both tender and funny and it's me.

Customer Reviews

A boring and predictable ending too.
With twists, turns and the unknown, she keeps you guessing till the very end.
I read the book in one day as I couldn't put it down.
Sue Moore

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jill Dennison on April 16, 2013
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Mary Higgins Clark has become known as the "Queen of Suspense" in the years since her first novel, Where Are the Children (1975) and for good reason. Her suspense/mystery books are reminiscent of Agatha Christie with plot twists and turns, multiple red herrings, and a dramatic conclusion that the reader comes to understand only in the last pages of the book. Her novels for the last decade or so have focused on the uncanny sleuthing skills of Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy and did not have the same edge as her earlier works. Daddy's Gone A Hunting, however, is more of a return to her earlier style and was a quick, easy and suspenseful read with just the right mix of suspense, loveable and hate-able characters, plot twists and humor. My only complaint, if in fact I have one, is that there are so many characters that it becomes difficult to remember who's who. Since I read the Kindle version, I must say the x-ray feature would have been of great benefit in this case, but unfortunately was not available for this book.

The story begins with a deadly explosion in the furniture warehouse of the Connelly family of New York, known for their high quality reproductions of fine antique furniture. Injured in the explosion is daughter Kate Connelly and dead is Gus Schmidt, a long-time employee who was bitter over having been fired five years earlier. Kate had called Gus, asking him to meet her at the warehouse in the wee hours of the morning, and now Kate is in a coma and Gus is dead; suspicion naturally falls on these two who cannot tell what actually happened. This is also the story of lawyer Mark Sloan from Chicago, his mother, and his sister Tracey who disappeared 28 years prior when she went to New York to pursue her dream of an acting career.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Mckinzie VINE VOICE on April 13, 2013
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This rather unusual (for MHC) book has some issues that make it hard to read and hard to like. First, it had a large cast, divided into three groups; two that are each connected with a murder (or probable murder) victim and a third that has to do with what is loosely the main story line. I say loosely because all three are important story lines, but the other two are in the past. I had a lot of trouble keeping the various characters and their names straight in my mind and I was a little annoyed that the woman whom I believed would be the central character at the first turned out to be only one of several central characters. I figured out the "surprise ending" before any character in the book even got suspicious (except Kate, of course) and had worked out most of the rest of the plot before it was revealed, which is unusual for me. The only really MHC-ish things about the book were that the characters were well-developed as usual and dear old Jimmy Neary and his pub showed up, which gave a feeling of familiarity. Definitely worth reading (and I'll probably read it again, later) because I don' think MHC can write a really BAD book, but not quite as good as some of her other books.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mimsy Itonia on January 16, 2014
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Kate Connelly is badly injured and in a coma after the family business is destroyed in an explosion. Another man is dead. Nobody wants to believe that Kate could have been behind the explosion, most of all her sister Hannah or father Doug. Meanwhile, Mark Sloan is in town to reopen the cold case of his missing sister Tracey. Also woven in is the mystery behind the death of Jamie Gordon, a promising college student.

It is a real shame that an author's reputation is being used to try and sell rubbish like this. As hard as it is to say, Clark needs to put down her pen. She really can't write proper mysteries or thrillers anymore. I have been reading her since I was 12 (I'm now 34), and her most recent releases simply haven't made the grade. "Daddy's Gone A-Hunting" is easily her worst so far.

First of all, there are far too many characters. Every other chapter introduces a new one, and nine times out of ten, they don't need to be there. On top of that, we get an entire life history for each of them. The chapters jump between so many characters that we don't actually have a main protagonist. Two fire marshals are responsible for solving a lot of the mystery. A couple of detectives step in later to do the rest. The book's blurb seems to suggest that Hannah Connelly is the main character, and searches for clues as to why Kate was in the building when it exploded. But she doesn't. She spends pretty much the whole book sitting by her sister's bedside, and then going home when she gets tired. There isn't a single character we get to know or to provide us with a hook to the story. Nobody is developed enough for us to care, because we're already being introduced to the next character.

Secondly, dialogue is trite and stilted.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Shirley McCullough on April 16, 2013
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I loved the book, as I have every other book I have read written by Mary Higgins Clark. The stories are always suspenseful , and the characters believable. I know this book just came out, but I am already looking forward to her next book!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Debby Locke on April 13, 2013
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This was not one of her best works. Characters you don't care about. Bland writing. A big disappointment.
Disjointed story
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