By Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark
Mary Higgins Clark, America's Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling writer Carol Higgins Clark, have joined forces for the 1st time to create an excellent and intriguing tale of high-stakes intrigue and detection in a kidnapping performed out opposed to a vacation setting.
Three days prior to Christmas, Regan Reilly, the dynamic younger sleuth featured within the novels of Carol Higgins Clark, meets Alvirah Meehan, the well-known lottery winner and beginner detective who has seemed in different past books by means of Mary Higgins Clark, after they either arrive at a brand new Jersey dentist's workplace. Alvirah is to accompany her husband domestic after a very grueling consultation, whereas Regan is there in hopes of connecting together with her busy father, who's scheduled for a regimen visit.
Once it turns into obvious that Luke Reilly won't hold his appointment, Alvirah deals the deeply bothered Regan a boost domestic. whilst a choice comes via on Regan's cellphone, telling her that her father and his motive force, Rosita Gonzalez, are being held for $1,000,000 ransom, Alvirah insists that Regan permit her to have the same opinion in attempting to achieve their unencumber, for whereas Regan could be a authorized inner most detective, established in la, Alvirah has many beneficial contacts one of the ranks of recent York's legislations enforcement community.
Further complicating the placement is the truth that Regan's mom, the preferred and extremely profitable secret author Nora Regan Reilly, was once hospitalized in simple terms the day prior to with a badly damaged leg, and Regan needs to convenience her whereas attempting to meet the tough calls for of her father's kidnappers -- and their difficult deadline.
With Alvirah's aid, Jack Reilly, head of the NYPD significant Case Squad, is termed again from his Christmas vacation to steer the research, which turns into a growing number of difficult because the kidnappers, males who're not only rank amateurs but in addition laughably inept -- and, for this reason, all of the extra risky and unpredictable -- make identified their demands.
Meanwhile, Luke and Rosita, held captive in a decrepit houseboat moored within the Hudson River, develop into more and more involved not just for his or her welfare, yet for that in their family in addition. Luke's spouse is within the medical institution, and Rosita's small boys are with a tender, unreliable babysitter, whereas a wintry weather hurricane gathers strength, additional endangering them and complicating events.
In Deck the Halls, a narrative packed with twists and turns, intrigue and possibility, in addition to a hefty dose of vacation cheer, Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark have created a breathless and even as remarkably heartwarming tale of suspense -- a Christmas vintage for lots of vacation seasons to come back.
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