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The Clarks: Mistresses of Mystery

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

In *Where Are You Now?*, Mary Higgins Clark tells the story of Charles MacKenzie Jr. who has been missing for 10 years. He left his Manhattan upper west side apartment one morning and was never seen again. Yet, each Mother's Day, he makes a call to his mother. Carol Higgins Clark discusses *Zapped*, which begins with the Reillys returning home from a fun summer weekend. When the lights of the city mysteriously go off, Regan and Jack are left alone in their home with a thief who knows the location of a safe inside the house.

Mary Higgins Clark's first suspense novel, Where Are the Children? was published by Simon & Schuster in 1975. It became a bestseller and marked a turning point in her life and career. It is currently in its 75th edition in paperback and was re-issued in hardcover as a Simon & Schuster classic. She is a best selling author in France, where she received the Grand Prix de Literature Policiere in 1980 and The Literary Award at the 1998 Deauville Film Festival. In 2000, she was named by the French Minister of Culture "Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters." Mary Higgins Clark was chosen by Mystery Writers of America as Grand Master of the 2000 Edgar Awards. An annual Mary Higgins Clark Award sponsored by Simon & Schuster, to be given to authors of suspense fiction writing in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition, was launched by Mystery Writers of America during Edgars week in April 2001. She was the 1987 president of Mystery Writers of America and, for many years, served on their Board of Directors. In May 1988, she was Chairman of the International Crime Congress.
Carol Higgins Clark is the author of nine previous best selling Regan Reilly mysteries, Decked, nominated as Best First Novel for both the Agatha and Anthony Awards, Snagged, Iced and Twanged, published by Warner Books and Fleeced, Jinxed, Popped, Burned and Hitched, published by Scribner.