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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (31 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312994222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312994228
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.5 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,773,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the French version but bought the English one so that I could appreciate all of the many nuances more fully. A good page-turner.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don's thoughts on 3 Feb. 2008
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I always enjoy Mary Jane Clark, and this mystery wasn't disappointing, short fast chapters, I never guessed who dunnit, the ending was a bit far fetched, but a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
I am certainly not going to go into plots or story lines here, as that has been done by others, so don't worry about spoilers. This is a fast reading thriller just stuffed with little intrigues and sub stories. It holds you attention from cover to cover quite well, and is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The writing is clear, with clever syntax and the story line is quite easy to follow and without a myriad of characters to sort out and wade through. This is just the type of novel that is just simply fun to relax with and to enjoy. Job well done Ms. Clark! Recommend this one highly.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
"Sociopaths can be seductive." 30 July 2006
By E. Bukowsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Mary Jane Clark's "Lights Out Tonight" features thirty-four year old Caroline Enright, film and theater critic for the morning news broadcast "KEY to America." Caroline has a great deal on her mind. Linus Nazareth, her executive producer, is condescending, sarcastic, and demanding, and her brand new stepdaughter, twenty-year-old Meg, despises her. However, Caroline adores her new husband, screenwriter Nick McGregor, and she hopes that Meg will soon warm up to her.

Caroline and Nick will soon be traveling to Massachusetts to see Meg, who is an apprentice in the Warrenstown theater program. In addition, Caroline has been assigned to interview one of her favorite actresses, Belinda Winthrop, a veteran of thirty-two films who is about to star in a new play at the Warrenstown Summer Playhouse.

When Caroline sees Meg, she finds her stepdaughter as hostile as ever. However, Caroline distracts herself with work, interviewing not only Belinda Winthrop, but also playwright Victoria Sterling and director Keith Fallows. Living on Belinda's estate are a menacing caretaker and ex-con named Gus Oberon, and Remington Peters, a talented but tormented artist whose unrequited love for Belinda has haunted him for years.

The inhabitants of Warrenstown are stunned when two college students, one of whom was a close friend of Meg, are killed in a car accident. Shortly thereafter, the town librarian is murdered, and following Belinda Winthrop's triumphant debut, she suddenly vanishes. Caroline branches out of her area of expertise to cover these breaking stories, and she quickly realizes that a clever and malicious killer is on the loose. Before the assailant is unmasked, Caroline and her daughter will also be targeted for death.

Mary Jane Clark has written a tidy thriller with a lively cast, fast-paced dialogue and action, and enough red herrings to keep the reader guessing. The details about life on the stage are immensely entertaining, with behind the scenes details on makeup, costumes, and directing. Clark also provides an engrossing look at the ego, ambition, and jealousy that afflict so many people in show business. The author, who writes and produces for CBS News, skillfully shows Caroline experiencing her baptism by fire as a reporter in Warrenstown. "Lights Out Tonight" has short and crisp chapters, clear and precise prose, an engrossing plot, and lively characters, making it an ideal summer read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An Awesome Thrill Ride! 16 July 2006
By Steven James - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What a great, great book this was. I was flying through the pages as fast as I could to figure out whodunnit. There were all the necessary elements to make this book a light, summer beach thriller. The characters were well-drawn, the plot was super interesting, and the ending was fulfilling. What more does one need? I would recommend this book to almost everyone, there is no gratuitous sex scenes so even your old granny would enjoy it. Be warned: once you start reading it's really hard to stop and put it down. Block out a good chunk of time and dig in!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
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First rate author Mary Jane Clark not only knows how to craft a spellbinding thriller (Dancing In The Dark) but she's also particularly skilled at drawing authentic female characters.

This time out heroine is 34-year-old Caroline Enright, a theatre and film critic for TV's KEY To America. She's recently wed to Nick, father of college-age Meg, who is not too thrilled about her new stepmother. Caroline is also an admirer of Oscar winning actress Belinda Winthrop, which makes her the perfect candidate to cover Belinda's performance at the Warrenstown Summer Playhouse in the Berkshires.

Caroline couldn't be more pleased - it's summer in the city (too hot), this will be an opportunity for her to be in a romantic setting with Nick, and maybe if her luck holds out she can even bond with Meg, who has a small part in the play.

As it turns out, Caroline is going to need a great deal more than luck. Suddenly Belinda, an actress idolized by millions, disappears and a pair of Meg's friends are killed. Caroline's reportorial skills tell her this is more than coincidence and that in all probability the deaths were not due to any accident. As bucolic and peaceful as Warrenstown is it soon becomes evident that there's a crazy on the loose. But, who and why?

Tony nominee Isabel Keating allows suspense to build with her carefully paced narration, and her rich voice adds a vividness not found in the printed word.


- Gail Cooke
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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By Nancy Quatrano On-target Words - Published on Amazon.com
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The suspense and subtle terror in this plot will have you turning ON the lights. This mystery-psycho-thriller will keep you turning pages long after you should get some sleep.

Clark doesn't bleed all over the pages with graphic displays of violence, yet still gets the reader by the throat and won't let go.

If you like strong characters, believe in the power - and deception of love - and don't mind turning pages all night long, then this book's for you.
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