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Hide Yourself Away Hardcover – July 16, 2004

4.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
Book 7 of 10 in the Key News Series

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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 lamé"), 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.
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"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
 
Praise for Nowhere to Run:
“The dexterity in keeping so many guilty-looking characters afloat at once and the revelation of a truly surprising killer make Clark’s sixth dispatch from KEY News her best.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Spare prose...brisk dialogue and rapid-fire action sequences.”—Publishers Weekly

“Impossible to put down.” —Library Journal

“In classic Christie-like fashion, everyone is a suspect.”—Booklist
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Product Details

  • Series: Clark, Mary Jane
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312323131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312323134
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Grace Callahan is a single mother working as an intern for Key to America, a popular morning television program. She is in competition with students a lot younger than she for the one position available. Grace would not be able to do her job without her Dad's help, despite his failing health. Her ex-husband Frank is making things difficult for her when he sues for full-time custody of their daughter Lucy. Grace goes to Newport, Rhode Island with the show to do an in-depth look at the area. The investigation into the cause of death of Charlotte Sloane is re-opened 14 years after her murder when her remains are found. Grace befriends her daughter Madeleine Sloane days before she is murdered. Sam Watkins, one of the interns is knocked unconscious after witnessing the crime. Zoe, another intern is murdered. Residents and workers of Key to America are tense because of the escalating violence. The art of scrimshaw is mentioned often throughout the story without really being explained. Some storylines are taken up and dropped without explanation. The chapters are each a quick read without too much depth. The killer is not revealed until the end but by then my interest wavered.
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It may not be the Great American Novel, but this book was certainly enjoyable. It has a similar style to her other books, and I was definitely surprised by the ending. I read it on a six hour airplane flight, and it was good enough to take my mind off of my fear of flying! If you like her other books, you'll like this one.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've just recently discovered this author and now after 2 books of hers, I am hooked! Great storytelling and interesting characters. It's hard to put the book down once you get about halfway in. Loved it.
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Format: Hardcover
Grace Callahan is a thirty-two-old single mother with a great deal on her mind in "Hide Yourself Away," by Mary Jane Clark. Grace is having trouble making ends meet, since her nasty ex-husband, Frank, has been withholding child support payments. Grace wants to work as a broadcast journalist, and she takes an internship with KEY news that may give her an opportunity to break into the business. Unfortunately, Grace's professional responsibilities take her away from home for many hours at a time, and she feels guilty for neglecting her daughter, Lucy.

The KEY news crew goes on location for a week in Newport, Rhode Island. Grace is competing with other interns for a shot at a full-time job that she desperately wants. Suddenly, the discovery of a skeleton in a tunnel beneath an old mansion shocks the community and brings back unpleasant memories. The body is identified as Charlotte Sloane, a wealthy socialite who mysteriously disappeared fourteen years earlier and was never seen again. After Charlotte's death is ruled a homicide, the townspeople speculate about the identity of the person who killed Charlotte and dumped her in the tunnel.

Grace and the other members of KEY news all get involved in the investigation. They interview long-time residents of Newport who knew Charlotte, seeking that one bit of information that will break open the case. As more and more clues emerge, the murderer strikes again. It seems that whoever killed Charlotte is still at large, and he or she will do anything to elude detection.

"Hide Yourself Away" has a contrived and formulaic plot with one-dimensional characters, stilted dialogue, and enough red herrings to populate three mystery novels.
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I love to read, and I love Mary Jane Clark's books. They are exciting when they need to be and interesting and easy reads. So many books are filled with bad language, etc. Too much for me. I'll stick with MJC and whatever animal mysteries I can find.
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By A Customer on August 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
At KEY-TV, four interns compete for the position of assistant producer's for the news show KEY to America. The rivals are all in Newport trying to persuade producer, B.J. D'Elia to select them. The least confident, but most needy of the rivals is thirty-two old single mom Grace Callahan. Besides feeling inadequate next to the competitors, Grace feels guilty that she left her preadolescent daughter Lucy behind with her philandering former husband and his wife, especially since they want custody of the child.

Almost to the arrival of the news crew is the brutal murder of Madeleine Sloan, whose corpse was found at the bottom of the Forty Steps of the City by the Sea. Locals become concerned because fourteen years ago Madeleine's mother vanished, but now her remains have been found in an underground railroad tunnel. Soon the interns are murdered leaving Grace the job by default; others also are killed while Grace tries to uncover the identity of the serial killer before she joins the rapidly rising count.

The Key to the latest news mystery is the beleaguered amazing Grace who serves as an unconfident fine center to the suspense thriller. However, the support cast is stereotyped so that they come from set moulds like the intern rivals regardless of race, national origin or gender seem identical viz a viz Grace. The story line consists of short chapters so that every New Englander seems guilty of the murders, but that hurts the tale as too many souls become suspect and interchangeable. Still fans of Mary Jane Clark will enjoy Grace's efforts to be the last intern breathing.

Harriet Klausner
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