Piece of My Heart
by Clark, Mary Higgins; Burke, Alafair






A high-suspense follow-up to the best-selling "You Don't Own Me" finds the nuptials of television producer Laurie Moran and investigative host Alex Buckley nightmarishly upended by the sudden disappearance of Alex's seven-year-old nephew.





The #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark wrote forty suspense novels, four collections of short stories, a his­torical novel, a memoir, and two children&;s books. With bestselling author Alafair Burke she wrote the Under Suspicion series including The Cinderella Murder, All Dressed in White, The Sleeping Beauty Killer, Every Breath You Take, and You Don&;t Own Me. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she coauthored five more suspense novels. More than one hundred million copies of her books are in print in the United States alone. Her books are international bestsellers.

Alafair Burke is the Edgar-nominated, New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels, including The Wife, The Ex, If You Were Here, Long Gone, and the Ellie Hatcher series. A former prosecutor, she is now a professor of criminal law and lives in Manhattan.





In this sixth title from the duo of Clark and Burke-both best-selling mystery authors on their own-true-crime television producer Laurie Moran is thrust into the sort of headline-grabbing stories she typically covers for her show. It starts when the seven-year-old nephew of Laurie's fiancÚ goes missing on a family vacation. With the clock ticking, Laurie must call on all her resources to help locate the boy, aided by her policeman father, who has his own hands full with a high-profile former suspect now claiming innocence and a false confession. Frustrating efforts to tie these two plotlines together lead to a somewhat convoluted plot, and, after spending a majority of the novel focusing on the terror of the young victim and his frantic family, the last-minute attempt at a sympathetic edit for the perpetrator rings largely hollow. However, flaws aside, the well-timed use of cliff-hanger chapters makes for a fast-paced read that will surely be snapped up by fans of both authors. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





The sixth and presumably final collaboration between Clark, who died in January, and Burke picks up with true-crime TV producer Laurie Moran on the very eve of her wedding, only to see her happiness dashed when her fiance's nephew is kidnapped. Even though her first husband was murdered by a man who years later came after her and her son, Timmy, Laurie considers herself impossibly lucky. As she frolics at East Hampton's South Shore Resort and Spa, surrounded by her loving family, days before she's to marry federal judge Alex Buckley, who hosts her TV program, Under Suspicion, she feels more blessed than ever. Her serenity is rudely jolted when that family suddenly shrinks with the disappearance of Johnny Buckley, the 7-year-old son of Alex's sister, Marcy, spirited out from under the nose of his longtime babysitter's slightly less attentive friend. Laurie blames herself for golfing instead of hitting the beach with Timmy and Johnny; her father, former NYPD first deputy commissioner Leo Farley, blames himself for spending the day responding to the accusations of Darren Gunther, who's been imprisoned ever since he confessed to Leo that he stabbed bar owner Lou Finney 18 years ago in a brawl that got out of hand, that Leo only made up his confession. Could Gunther have arranged Johnny's kidnapping to press Leo to support his story? Could the abduction have something to do with Marcy and Andrew Buckley's adoption of Johnny soon after he was born to a woman whose identity they've never learned? Or could the kidnapper have snatched Johnny by mistake, thinking he was Timmy? A fitting sendoff that modulates as smooth as butter from celebration to shock to detection to ticking-clock suspense. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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