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Daddy's Gone A Hunting Hardcover – April 9, 2013

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“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.” (Bookreporter.com)

“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.”

(Bookreporter)

“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.”

(Booklist)

“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; two children’s books; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels. 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,417 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Generally I enjoy MHC's books, but this one let me down. It was contrived, predictable, and altogether a big disappointment. The writing was poor, the story jumped around too much, and was not very interesting. As you can see, I did not enjoy this book!!
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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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The formatting on this book is awful. The font changes sizes from page to page. Sentences, paragraphs and pages are missing. I have turned my font size down to the smallest size, and I am still missing parts of this book. Please reformat and send an update to those who have purchased this book for the kindle.
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I have read her entire collection. She write in a formula, but I like the formula. Part of my enjoyment is trying to guess the killer and I pride myself that I usually do before the midpoint of the book. This book took me deeper than any others before I figured it out. Ms. Clark, as usual has a sympathetic heroine and two or three romances. She set a scene better than most authors - her descriptions of the locale, the appointments, the scenery, and the character's attire always paint a good picture. I will continue to read the formula.
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Sadly this book is not anywhere near MHC usual riveting storytelling. I had a hard time finishing it as I really didn't care who done it. The characters were boring, the story line amateurish and nothing like her writing of years past. Time to hang up the pen Ms. Clark. I will have to satisfy myself with reading one of your past brilliant stories. Very sad indeed.
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