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Second Time Around [Kindle Edition]

Mary Higgins Clark
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Nicholas Spencer, charismatic head of the medical research company Gen-Stone, involved in the development of an anticancer vaccine, suddenly disappears. His private plane crashes, but his body is not found. Rocking the financial and medical world even more, comes the shocking revelation that Spencer had looted Gen-Stone of huge sums of money - and that his wife, Lynn, is accused of having participated in the scam.

Narrowly escaping death when her mansion is set on fire, Lynn turns to her stepsister, Carley, a columnist for the Wall Street Weekly, to help prove that she was not her husband's accomplice. As Carley proceeds with her investigation, she is confronted by seemingly impenetrable questions: Is Nicholas Spencer dead or in hiding? Was he guilty or set up? And as the facts begin to unfold, she becomes the focus of a dangerous group involved in a sinister and fraudulent scheme.

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In an age when crime fiction is king, new authors fall over themselves to raise body counts, display expert knowledge of cop talk and generally get as gruesome as can be, the gentle but persuasive style of Mary Higgins Clark is a joy to behold. She builds her stories with subtlety, adding layer of plot upon layer of plot until the noose is tight and you're choking with the anticipation of it all! And so it is with "The Second Time Around", Higgins Clark once more employing the tactic of family love and betrayal to turn the reader on. When a brilliant and innovative scientist on the verge of discovering a cure for cancer goes missing, with billions in company funds syphoned off, the presumption is that he has done a runner with the loot... and when a plane crash seems to confirm his death, well, he's living it up in Switzerland, innit? But, as with all the best MHC stories, all is not as it appears... and soon those same layers of plot that set the story up are peeled off again to reveal a different tale. This is what makes her so good and such a great read. Add "The Second Time Around" to a great Higgins Clark canon. - Harry Doherty


When a corporate scandal leads to a boy's mysterious disappearance, the wife of a fugitive businessman assumes that her husband is accountable, only to learn that the consequences of corporate misdeeds can be a matter of life and death.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743206061
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BARU7Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mary Higgins Clark is the author of twenty-two worldwide bestselling works of fiction and a memoir. She lives in Saddle River, New Jersey, with her husband.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mary Higgins Clarke - Second Time Around. 6 Feb. 2004
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Mary Higgins Clarke writes exceptionally well and this is reflected in her book 'Second Time Around'. Each chapter flows and secures an easy read. Characters are intriguing and the storyline is impressive. However, at moments I found the book tedious as it becomes more and more repetitive. A subtantial part of the book focuses on 'Carly', (the main character), attending meetings and juggling the possibilities of whether her step-sisters' husband is dead or not. I found this part of the book bland and long winded. However, Mary Higgins Clarke does seem to be 'clued up' on the financial/medical world of today and suceeds in providing a wide range of characters that add extra interest to parts of the book.
However, if I were to put this book into a genre I would not know where to put it; but one thing's for sure, I would not call it a thriller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mary Higgins Clark has done better. 25 April 2004
I bought this book because I have all of MHC's books, but this is not herbest. The story takes a while to develop. It's not very thrilling,although every chapter engages you enough to want to read more. One thingI find unrealistic is the idea that a team of three journalists can beresearching a story for such a long time without every being required topublish about it.
Then again, the descriptions of characters, placesand environments such as the medical world and the financial world, arequite realistic and engaging.
The story is written from two persons,Carley, a finacial reporter, and Ned, who tragically lost his wife. Thetwo different viewpoints make the story much more interesting and give itsome speed.
Not a must-read, but certainly a nice-to-read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real pageturner 14 Feb. 2004
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I've just finished reading all of Minette Walters books and picked this one up almost at random. That was less than a week ago so it's certainly one you can't put down.
I found the characters believable, and the plot exciting. Definitely worth a read, keeps you guessing until the last few pages.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 16 May 2004
This is one of the best crime novels, I have ever read. It is gripping from start to finish, Leaves you unable to put it down. Another fantastic book, by Higgins Clark, a brilliant and spell bounding writer. Truly a wonderful book, and has inspired me to read more in her collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillisnt 31 Mar. 2014
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As usual Mary Higgins Clark books keep you in suspense until very near the end. I hope I can find many more of her books, but I have read most of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DESERVES A 5 STAR RATING 20 May 2013
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i have never been disappointed with the work of MHC and this gets another 5 star rating.

I'm now looking for more from MHC...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Get enough of this author 16 April 2014
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Although I have now read 8 of this author's books she never ceases to amaze me with her perfect character building and ingenious plots
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