By Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark
Mary Higgins Clark, America's Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling writer Carol Higgins Clark, have joined forces for the 1st time to create an excellent and fascinating tale of high-stakes intrigue and detection in a kidnapping performed out opposed to a vacation setting.
Three days prior to Christmas, Regan Reilly, the dynamic younger sleuth featured within the novels of Carol Higgins Clark, meets Alvirah Meehan, the well-known lottery winner and beginner detective who has seemed in different earlier books via Mary Higgins Clark, after they either arrive at a brand new Jersey dentist's workplace. Alvirah is to accompany her husband domestic after a very grueling consultation, whereas Regan is there in hopes of connecting along with her busy father, who's scheduled for a regimen visit.
Once it turns into obvious that Luke Reilly won't retain his appointment, Alvirah bargains the deeply Regan a boost domestic. whilst a decision comes via on Regan's cellphone, telling her that her father and his motive force, Rosita Gonzalez, are being held for $1,000,000 ransom, Alvirah insists that Regan permit her to be in agreement in attempting to achieve their liberate, for whereas Regan could be a authorized deepest detective, established in la, Alvirah has many worthy contacts one of the ranks of latest York's legislations enforcement community.
Further complicating the location is the truth that Regan's mom, the preferred and intensely winning secret author Nora Regan Reilly, was once hospitalized in simple terms the day earlier than with a badly damaged leg, and Regan needs to convenience her whereas attempting to meet the tough calls for of her father's kidnappers -- and their tricky deadline.
With Alvirah's aid, Jack Reilly, head of the NYPD significant Case Squad, is named again from his Christmas vacation to steer the research, which turns into increasingly more tough because the kidnappers, males who're not only rank amateurs but in addition laughably inept -- and, for this reason, the entire extra risky and unpredictable -- make recognized their demands.
Meanwhile, Luke and Rosita, held captive in a decrepit houseboat moored within the Hudson River, develop into more and more involved not just for his or her welfare, yet for that in their household to boot. Luke's spouse is within the health facility, and Rosita's small boys are with a tender, unreliable babysitter, whereas a wintry weather typhoon gathers strength, additional endangering them and complicating events.
In Deck the Halls, a narrative jam-packed with twists and turns, intrigue and hazard, in addition to a healthy dose of vacation cheer, Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark have created a breathless and while remarkably heartwarming tale of suspense -- a Christmas vintage for plenty of vacation seasons to come back.
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He laughed warily and reached for her. ” She backed away. “You’re supposed to be calling your friends at the FBI, remember? ” Then she jutted her chin forward defensively. ” McGregor snorted. “Russo’s unorthodox tactics usually involve fooling around with some female when he’s supposed to be working on a case. ” “At least he knows how to be romantic. ” McGregor winced. ” “Assistant Director,” she reminded him drily. McGregor seemed about to respond but ended up just shaking his head instead. Then he pulled out his cell phone, punched in a number and was soon lobbying the FBI to find the best attorney the Justice Department had to offer for Special Agent Justin Russo.
Fair enough. So how do you want to approach this? ” “Let’s start with the punch line. ” “A woman named Gia Masterson. ” Suzannah bit her lip. “In that case, I already have the big picture. From reading the newspapers. Not that I’ve kept up with it faithfully, but she was shot a couple of weeks ago, right? ” When Justin nodded, Suzannah rubbed her eyes, acutely aware of the ache forming behind them. The Angel of Mercy, as the papers had dubbed him, had been in the headlines for a couple of months.
She pulled a business card out of her purse and handed it to him. “That’s my office number. ” Then he trailed his companions into the courtroom. Suzannah hung back for a moment, enjoying the unfamiliar sensation of being a little weak in the knees over a guy. This is going to be the best vacation ever, she told herself with an embarrassed laugh. Then she remembered that this week wasn’t completely about fun. She had to prepare for an upcoming conference in Hawaii, where she was slated to make a presentation—a presentation that was quite possibly the last step in the rigorous timetable she had set for herself and her career.
Deck the Halls (Holiday Classic) by Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark