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Mary Higgins Clark

USA (1929 - )
Mother of Carol Higgins Clark

aka The Adams Round Table

Mary Higgins Clark's books are world-wide bestsellers. In the U.S. alone, her books have sold over 80 million copies. She is the author of twenty-four previous suspense novels.She is co-author, with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, of three suspense novels Deck the Halls (2000), He Sees You When You're Sleeping (2001) and The Christmas Thief (2004).Two of her novels were made into feature films, Where Are the Children? and A Stranger Is Watching. Many of her other works, novels and short stories, were made into television films. Mary Higgins Clark's fame as a writer was achieved against heavy odds. Born and raised in the Bronx, her father died when she was eleven and her mother struggled to raise her and her two brothers. On graduating from high school, she went to secretarial school, so she could get a job and help with the family finances. She married a neighbor, Warren Clark, nine years her senior, whom she had known since she was 16. Soon after her marriage, she started writing short stories, finally selling her first to Extension Magazine in 1956 for $100. Left a young widow by the death of her husband from a heart attack in 1964, Mary Higgins Clark went to work writing radio scripts and, in addition, decided to try her hand at writing books. Every morning, she got up at 5 AM and wrote until 7 AM, when she had to get her five children ready for school. Her very first book was a biographical novel about George Washington, inspired by a radio series she was writing, "Portrait of a Patriot." Originally published in 1969 by Meredith Press with the title Aspire to the Heavens, it was discovered years later by a Washington family member and re-issued in 2002 with the title, Mount Vernon Love Story.Mary Higgins Clark's first suspense novel, Where Are the Children? was published by Simon & Schuster in 1975. It became a bestseller and marked a turning point in her life and career. It is currently in its 75th edition in paperback and was re-issued in hardcover as a Simon & Schuster classic. In 1996, Mary Higgins Clark married John Conheeney, the retired Chairman and CEO of Merrill-Lynch Futures. They live in Saddle River, New Jersey. Between them, they have sixteen grandchildren -- Mary's six and John's ten.


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Mary Higgins Clark recommends
Pale Gray for Guilt
Pale Gray for Guilt (1968)
(Travis McGee, book 9)
John D MacDonald
"...a master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer."
Outrun the Dark
Outrun the Dark (1977)
Cecilia Bartholomew
"A spine-tingling page-turner."
Double Crossing
Double Crossing (1980)
Erika Holzer
"High suspense, good writing, believable characters - splendid espionage."
The Sisterhood
The Sisterhood (1982)
Michael Palmer
"A suspenseful page-turner ... jolts and entertains the reader."
Rainsong (1984)
Phyllis A Whitney
"Phyllis A. Whitney is a superb and gifted storyteller, and a master of suspense."
Switch (1984)
(Janek, book 2)
William Bayer
"Has the stunning intensity of The First Deadly Sin"
Highland Laddie Gone
Highland Laddie Gone (1986)
(Elizabeth MacPherson, book 3)
Sharyn McCrumb
"Sharyn McCrumb is a born storyteller."
Prime Evil
Prime Evil (1986)
Judith Kelman
"Judith Kelman gets better all the time!"
Deadly Devotion
Deadly Devotion (1994)
(Sydney Bryant)
Patricia Wallace
"A promising writer in the mystery field."
Shroud for a Scholar
Shroud for a Scholar (1995)
(Claire Camden, book 3)
Audrey Peterson
"Audrey Peterson's mysteries are delightful, engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable."
Special Intentions
Special Intentions (1998)
Mary Pat Kelly
"Touching, funny, warm."
Other Worlds
Other Worlds (1999)
Barbara Michaels
"Barbara Michaels is a consummate storyteller."
Blind Fear
Blind Fear (2000)
Hilary Norman
"Heart-stopping suspense."
Let Me Whisper in Your Ear
Let Me Whisper in Your Ear (2000)
(KEY News, book 3)
Mary Jane Clark
"Mary Jane Clark has a gift for writing page-turners."
Letters for Emily
Letters for Emily (2001)
Camron Wright
"Clever, heartwarming and heartfelt, Letters for Emily is a novel every member of the family should read. I love it!"
Along Comes a Stranger
Along Comes a Stranger (2007)
Dorie McCullough Lawson
"A very satisfying read."

Murder a La Christie (2014)
Marilyn Levinson
"...cleverly affectionate contemporary twist on the traditional mystery will delight Christie fans!"

Quicksand (2015)
(Nora Khalil)
Carolyn Baugh
"compelling, important, and completely engrossing. It will change the way you look at the world."

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