The Lost Years

By Mary Higgins Clark

Now in mass marketplace, the most recent suspense from no 1 New York instances bestselling writer and Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark, the place a biblical pupil is located murdered almost immediately after researching the main respected and holy rfile in human heritage, which has now long past missing...

Dr. Jonathan Lyons, a seventy-year-old biblical student, believes he has stumbled on the rarest of parchments—a letter which could were written via Jesus Christ. Stolen from the Vatican library within the 15th century, it used to be assumed to be misplaced forever.

Under the promise of secrecy, Jonathan makes an attempt to verify his findings with numerous different biblical specialists. yet at the eve ahead of his personal homicide, he confides to Father Aiden O’Brien, a relatives pal, that a type of whom he depended on so much is decided to maintain it from being back to the Vatican.

The subsequent night Jonathan Lyons is located shot to demise in his New Jersey domestic. His daughter, twenty-seven yr previous Mariah, reveals her father’s physique sprawled over his table in his research, a deadly bullet wound at the back of his neck, and her mom, Kathleen, an Alzheimer’s sufferer, hiding within the examine closet, incoherent and clutching the homicide weapon. The police suspect that Kathleen, who in her lucid moments understands that Jonathan used to be concerned with a miles more youthful lady Lily Stewart, has devoted the homicide.

But Mariah believes that the major to her father’s loss of life is tied to a different query: the place is the lacking parchment? Whom, between his shut circle of associates, may perhaps he have consulted? And did considered one of them kill to maintain ownership of the letter?

What Mariah doesn’t understand is that there has been an eyewitness to the homicide, somebody whose unwise try and blackmail the killer starts off a brand new circle of loss of life, with Mariah because the final objective of 1 person’s obsession with a helpful ancient treasure.

With all of the components that experience made her a global bestseller, Mary Higgins Clark’s The misplaced Years is right away a breathless homicide secret and a hunt for what could be the Most worthy non secular and archeological treasure of all time.

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I do comprehend that,” Father Aiden stated mildly. the type of questions he have been looking ahead to in shut series. How lengthy had he identified the Lyonses? How frequently did he see them? was once he conscious of Professor Lyons’s friendship with Lillian Stewart? the following starts off the harmful floor, Father Aiden idea as he reached into the pocket of his gown, took out his handkerchief, took off his glasses, polished them, and lower back the material to his pocket earlier than answering rigorously. “I have met Professor Stewart or 3 times,” he stated. “The most modern was once over 3 years in the past, even supposing from the altar on the funeral Mass the previous day, I saw her come into the church overdue. i don't be aware of while she left. ” “Has she ever reached out to you for counseling, Father? ” Rita Rodriguez requested. “Many those who search counseling accomplish that with the knowledge that their privateness may be revered. you're not to deduce whatever by way of my resolution while I let you know i don't imagine it applicable to respond to that question. ” That appealing younger detective with the deferential expression already understands that i'd be the final individual Lillian Stewart could come to for suggestion, Father Aiden notion. The query is a setup. “Father Aiden, we needless to say Jonathan Lyons’s daughter, Mariah, has been tremendous disappointed through the truth that her father used to be concerned with Lillian Stewart. Has she ever mentioned that with you? ” “Again—” Simon interrupted. “Father, we have been talking to Mariah Lyons an hour in the past. She freely and overtly advised us that she had complained to you approximately Lillian Stewart and that she felt her father’s courting with Lillian Stewart was once harming her mother’s situation. ” “Then you recognize what Mariah and that i discussed,” Father Aiden stated quietly. “Father, the day prior to this you advised Mariah that her father, Jonathan Lyons, had visited you ten days ago—on Wednesday, August 15th, to be precise,” Simon stated. “Yes, I advised Mariah, over a cup of espresso within the friary, that Jonathan Lyons believed he had chanced on an item of immeasurable worth that's known as both ‘the Joseph of Arimathea parchment’ or ‘the Vatican letter. ’” “Did Jonathan Lyons stopover at you particularly to inform you in regards to the parchment? ” Rita requested. “Jonathan, as we have now demonstrated, was once an established friend,” Father Aiden acknowledged. “It do not need been strange for him, if he was once within reach, to drop in on me for a trip within the friary. That Wednesday afternoon he informed me that he was once within the means of reviewing historical parchments that have been came across in a church that have been lengthy closed and used to be approximately to be razed. a secure used to be chanced on buried within the wall there. inside it have been a few historical parchments and he was once requested to translate them. ” Father Aiden leaned again in his chair. “You could have heard of the Shroud of Turin? ” either detectives nodded. “Many think that it's the burial textile Jesus was once wrapped in after the Crucifixion. Even our current Pope, Benedict, has been quoted as asserting he believes it can be genuine. can we ever relatively understand that as a simple task?

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