MARY JANE CLARK is a producer and writer at CBS News. She is an internationally bestselling author, translated into and published in twenty languages. She lives in northern New Jersey.
Clark covers familiar territory in this return to the KEY Network news division (Nowhere To Run). Protagonist Grace Callahan, a 30-plus intern on the Key to America news show, has resumed her journalism studies after an early pregnancy and is now the single parent of a daughter. The KEY team travels to Newport, RI, for a week, and just as they arrive a body is found in an abandoned tunnel. Charlotte Sloane was murdered 14 years earlier, but then quickly there are several other murders, including some KEY interns. Many clues are thrown out along the way, although there is no way to identify the murderer until the very end. The fast pace and skilled reading by Sarah Hamilton allow the listener to overlook the stereotyped and somewhat underdeveloped characters and get caught up in the story. Recommended for public libraries where light suspense and Clark are popular.-Mary Knapp, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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 lame"), 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. Agent, Laura Dail. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"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"