A headline-making finance scandal and a breathtaking tale of deception collide in #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark’s finest thriller yet.
As the sole assistant to a famous upscale interior designer, Lane Harmon is accustomed to visiting opulent homes. So her latest job at a modest New Jersey townhouse is unusual. Then she learns the home belongs to the wife of disgraced finance magnate Parker Bennett, who vanished two years earlier, along with the five billion dollar hedge fund he managed.
The debate over whether Bennett was suicidal or staged his disappearance still continues. Both his clients and the federal government want to trace the money and find him. But Lane is surprisingly moved by Mrs. Bennett’s steadfast faith in her husband’s innocence. Gradually, Lane is also drawn to the Bennetts’ son, Mark, who is equally determined to prove his father is not guilty. What she doesn’t realize is the closer she gets to the notorious family, the more her life—and that of her five-year-old daughter—is in jeopardy.
MWA Grand Master Clark (I've Got You Under My Skin) offers no major surprises in this enjoyable novel of romantic suspense spun around a lyric from an Irving Berlin song. When hedge fund billionaire Parker Bennett disappears from his sailboat, he leaves behind a great many fleeced investors, as well as wife Anne Bennett and grown son Eric, who are both bereft and suspect. When Anne is forced to give up their Greenwich, Conn., mansion and move into a condominium in New Jersey, she hires Manhattan-based interior designer Glady Harper to decorate the condo. Glady introduces her assistant, Elaine "Lane" Harmon, to likable Anne and handsome Eric. Meanwhile, two FBI agents try to find the missing Parker and prove Eric's complicity in his father's crime. Lane begins to fall for Eric and believes in his innocence enough to refuse to help the FBI. Clark keeps readers wondering about Parker's intentions and Eric's involvement, and how much both may cost Lane, as her tale drifts to an end.