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Mary Higgins Clark
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June 2005

At the heart of Mary Higgins Clark's stunning new novel of suspense is a brutal murder: that of Gary Lasch, a respected and successful young Greenwich, Connecticut, doctor and hospital and HMO head. He was found dead at his desk at home, his skull crushed by a blow with a Remington bronze sculpture, a prized piece from his art collection. The news strikes Greenwich society like a thunderbolt -- as does the news that Molly Carpenter Lasch, the beautiful young wife of the slain doctor, has been arrested for her husband's murder.

According to the trial testimony of her housekeeper, Molly had left home in a rage against her husband to go up to their house on Cape Cod. The morning after Molly's return, the housekeeper found Gary dead in his study and Molly upstairs in bed covered with blood. Nobody believes Molly's claim to have no memory of the events of the night of the crime -- not her parents, not her friends, not even her own lawyer -- and evidence against her is overwhelming. To escape an inevitable conviction she accepts a plea bargain, and subsequently her lawyer wins her early parole.

A few years later, on Molly's release from prison, she reasserts her innocence in front of TV cameras and reporters gathered at the prison gate. Among them is an old acquaintance and schoolmate, Fran Simmons, currently working as an investigative reporter for the True Crime television series.

Determined to prove her innocence. Molly convinces Fran to research and present a program on Gary's death. Despite her skepticism, Fran agrees to go ahead. In doing so, she has a second agenda -- to learn the truth about her own father's suicide some fourteen years earlier, on the very night she graduated from Greenwich's Cranden Academy, which both she and Molly attended. Struggling to keep up a lifestyle he couldn't afford, apparently Fran's father killed himself because he was about to be exposed as an embezzler, although no trace was ever found of how he spent the missing money.

Fran, intent on assuaging Molly's doubts about her husband's death and her own gnawing questions about her father's suicide, soon finds herself enmeshed in a tangled web of intrigue and menace -- more deaths and more unanswered questions about Gary Lasch's murder.

As her investigation proceeds into the private life of the dead physician, her father's alleged embezzlement, and the affairs of Remington Health Management, there are those who know they must make a choice: face ruin or eliminate Fran Simmons.

We'll Meet Again is Mary Higgins Clark, "America's Queen of Suspense," at her chilling best.

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We'll Meet Again is filled with the ingredients that Mary Higgins Clark devotees will devour: fast-paced suspense, double-crossing villains, romantic intrigue, and a resounding showdown at the end. Harder to swallow is the excessive use of theatricals whenever the author describes a satanic like HMO, and its legion of evil doctors. The darkest knight of all is Peter Black, whose eyes "were cold, angry, menacing--certainly not the eyes of a healer." Still, melodrama aside, Higgins Clark still knows how to spin a good yarn.

Her heroine in We'll Meet Again is an investigative reporter named Fran Simmons, who is not unlike the bright, resourceful Dr. Susan Chandler in You Belong to Me. Fran has just been hired to work on a popular new TV show called True Crime. Coincidentally, her very first assignment involves an ex-pupil from her old high school, the posh Cranden Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut. Molly Lasch had been incarcerated in her mid-20s, accused of pulverizing her husband's head with a Remington bronze sculpture. The murder of this community doctor, and chief executive officer of a local HMO, stunned Greenwich.

For half a decade Molly claimed to have no memory of the event, but now out on parole, slivers of memory trickle back--and Molly informs the press that someone else was in the house at the time of her husband's murder. Few people believe her--even less so when a key witness from the original trial is stabbed to death and evidence links Molly to the scene of the crime. It's up to the ever vigilant Fran to investigate what the police won't--and she unearths some very dark and extremely dirty secrets that will further shock the quiet community. --Naomi Gesinger --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Having served 15 years for a crime she thinks college chum Frances committed, Julia is out for blood. Literary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Riveting Read June 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In We'll Meet Again, Molly Carpenter-Lasch is tried and convicted of killing her husband, beloved Dr. Gary Lasch. There's one problem though--Molly has no recollection of the events of that night. She awoke the morning after the murder to find herself covered in her dead husband's blood. A plea bargain gets her a shorter sentence and upon her release Molly declares on TV for the world to see that she didn't kill her husband but she will try to find out who did. Enter Fran Simmons, school chum whose father committed suicide for stealing money from the library fund. Fran is now an investigative reporter and Molly wants her to help her find the truth behind her husband's murder.
This story was hard to get into but after it gets going it is well worth the time. There are a lot of characters involved which makes it at times very frustrating keeping them straight. I found myself going back to reread pages trying to keep them straightened out in my mind. The storyline is good, although a little confusing when speaking of the HMO's. The book is fast-paced after about page 100. I found myself not really enjoying the book until I had passed the 100 page milestone. Then it becomes so good I couldn't think of not finishing it. And I must say the culprit was NOT who I thought it would be.
We'll Meet Again is a book well worth reading. Just keep in mind you need to get past the somewhat boring beginning to truly enjoy it. Although not one of my favorite Mary Higgins Clark books one enjoyable to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious!! May 18 2003
By Lillian
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I recently read "We'll Meet Again", by Mary Higgins Clark. It is a mystery that is 283 pages. Dr. Gary Lacsh is murdered one night and everybody suspects that his own wife killed him. The only problem is that his wife claims that she has no memory of that night. She vaguely remembers that someone else was in the house. Did she really murder him?
Mary Higgins Clark was born on December 24, 1929. She was raised in New York. She studied in the Fordham University in 1974. She recieved a BA in philosophy. Her success is due in large part to her likeable characters. She published the book "We'll Meet Again" in 1999.
This book was a great suspense story that got me interested from the first page to the last page. Once I got to know the characters, I felt I was in the court room watching the case with my own eyes. The story had very suspenseful details that twist and turn the story. Clark is very good at describing the character in detial that you start to feel that you are in their heads. Every sentence is important to the case and i felt as if I was investigating. If you like mysteries and stories that will keep you on the edge of you seat, then this is the book for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MYSTERY A La M.H.Clark Sept. 21 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
You should know what you're in for if you have read any of Clark's books...no bloody gore or gross language, just a nice, easy read mystery. The plot centers around a hospital, HMOs, and the murder of one of the doctors. Molly is just released from prison for killing her former husband, Gary. She cannot remember doing it but can't prove it. Ten days later, Gary's girlfriend is killed and Molly is again the suspect. Fran, an investigative reporter wants to do a TV show about it. School friends of Molly's offer support as does her lawyer. But do they really believe she didn't do it? Molly's part-time housekeeper has a few secrets she is not sharing so as to protect her not- normal son who doesn't always take his medications. But he likes Molly and wants to visit her. Power plays for the hospital to take over the HMOs are suspicious in their secret meetings. Who is the killer(s) and how were they done? MHC keeps you in enough suspense and flips the suspect out of the stew to surprise all but the very best of readers who often claim to know the killer from page two.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Fish in a Barrel Sept. 1 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What manner of novel becomes a #1 New York Times bestseller and has the New York Times Book Review raving over as having a "diabolical plot [... prepared] so carefully and [executed] with such relish"? One, obviously, painstakingly researched, every detail checked, rechecked, and then checked again. It is unfortunate then, that the extent of research for We'll Meet Again appears to be limited to a Connecticut state travel guide.

Although the author may be known as a mystery writer, this book is much less a mystery than a fawning description of the New England aristocracy that she most likely yearns for. A world in which coffee is drunk from "demitasse cups," live-in cooks are named Pedro, and which is populated by "attractive and socially desirable women." One of sterile emotion and flat character. A world that she is eager to demonstrate her knowledge of in the most insipid detail. There are so many references to Interstate 95 and the Merritt parkway that one would hardly deny that Ms Clark must be intimately familiar with them.

It seems that MHC has a love affair with adjectives. What, really, is a "generous view," and how exactly are "Virginia ham and Swiss cheese removed from a refrigerator with careful pleasure"? Please! The "dried-up" and "tearless" tautologies become "instantly arid". Then there are these flourishing gems of literary style: "His prodigious memory bank instantly furnished the facts he was seeking." In other words, he remembered? Or heart-rending emotion: "It was as though the entire time had been simply a dream sequence. Dream? No- nightmare!" Good grief! Could she possibly have been conscious of the delicious irony in naming her television station NAF TV?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down at the end
Although I enjoy reading all of her books, I thought this one was especially good. The last 50 pages or so were particularly mind consuming - I didn't want to put the book down. Read more
Published on May 14 2003
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This book is a book that keeps you own your toes. This book is a good book for people that like mystrey. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
This was the first Mary Higgins Clark book I ever read, and, since it was the first, I wasn't able to guess the ending (like I have with the others). Read more
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Published on June 6 2002 by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST OF THE BEST
MHC always delivers a well done 'who done it,' marked by superior plots and believable characters. MHC is without a doubt
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Published on Jan. 31 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a car ride to Florida
Mary Higgins Clark is a fabulous writer who adds to her book by using believable details and realistic situations that make a novel worth reading. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2001 by shani
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Mary Higgins Clark is a fabulous writer who adds to her book by using believable details and realistic situations that make a novel worth reading. Read more
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If you have never read Mary Higgins Clark and don't think you ever will, think again! In We'll Meet Again by Mary Higgins Clark there will never be a dull moment. Read more
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