The Second Time Around: A Novel

By Mary Higgins Clark

The "Queen of Suspense," Mary Higgins Clark, offers a gripping story of deception and tantalizing twists that will were ripped from latest headlines.

When Nicholas Spencer, the charismatic head of a firm that has built an anticancer vaccine, disappears with no hint, reporter Marcia "Carley" DeCarlo is assigned the tale. notice that Spencer, if alive, has made off with large sums of cash -- together with the existence reductions of many staff -- does not do a lot to alter Carley's already low opinion of Spencer's spouse, Lynn, who's additionally Carley's stepsister and whom all people believes is concerned. but if Lynn's existence is threatened, she asks Carley to assist her end up that she wasn't her husband's associate. because the evidence spread, in spite of the fact that, Carley herself turns into the objective of a perilous, sinister staff that may cease at not anything to get what they wish.

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Jason Knowles, an investigator, urgently had to seek advice from me. He left his quantity and that i again the decision. I spent the subsequent 40 mins pondering what details i'd have that may be beneficial for an investigator from the lawyer general’s place of work to have instantly. Then, whilst the buzzer from the vestibule sounded, I picked up the intercom cellphone, proven it used to be Mr. Knowles, warned him to take the staircase, and published the lock. a couple of minutes later he was once at my door, a silverhaired guy with a fashion that used to be either courteous and direct. I invited him in and he sat at the sofa. I selected the straight-backed chair contrary the sofa and waited for him to talk. He thanked me for seeing him on such brief realize, then set out to enterprise: “Ms. DeCarlo, you have been on the Gen-stone stockholders’ assembly on Monday. ” It used to be a press release, now not a query. I nodded. “We take into account that many of us who attended that assembly expressed powerful resentment towards administration and that one guy particularly was once enraged by way of the assertion made by means of Lynn Spencer. ” “That’s actual. ” i used to be definite the following verification will be that i used to be Lynn’s stepsister. i used to be flawed. “We take into account that you have been after all seat of a row reserved for media and that you just have been subsequent to the guy who shouted at Mrs. Spencer. ” “That’s correct. ” “We additionally needless to say you spoke to a few disgruntled stockholders after the assembly and took down their names. ” “Yes, I did. ” “By any likelihood did the guy who pointed out wasting his residence due to making an investment in Gen-stone seek advice from you? ” “No, he didn't. ” “Do you might have the names of the stockholders who talked to you? ” “Yes, I do. ” I felt that Jason Knowles used to be watching for a proof. “As you could or won't comprehend, I write a monetary suggestion column that's directed to the unsophisticated purchaser or investor. I additionally do occasional freelance articles for magazines. At that assembly it happened to me that i would are looking to do an in-depth article illustrating the way in which the cave in of Gen-stone has destroyed the way forward for such a lot of little traders. ” “I do be aware of that, and that’s why I’m right here. We’d wish to have the names of the folks who spoke to you. ” I checked out him. It seemed to be a cheap request, yet i suppose I had each journalist’s immediate response approximately being requested to bare assets. It was once as if Jason Knowles might learn my brain. “Ms. DeCarlo, I’m convinced you could comprehend why I’m making that request. Your sister, Lynn Spencer—” I interrupted him: “Stepsister. ” He nodded. “Stepsister. Your stepsister might have been killed whilst her domestic burned down the opposite evening. we don't have any concept at this element no matter if the person that set the hearth knew she was once in the home. however it additionally turns out moderate that a type of angry—and even financially desperate—stockholders may have set it. ” “You do become aware of that there are hundreds and hundreds of different humans, either stockholders and staff, who could have been accountable for environment the hearth? ” I mentioned. “We are conscious of that. via any likelihood did you get the identify of the guy who had the outburst?

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