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Mary Jane Clark's KEY News Thrillers
June 16, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
Being in the journalism business, I like to check out fiction that has journalists in it as characters. Even better is when the author has experience in the journalism field and gets the details right. If you like good mysteries and good writing, check out Mary Jane Clark.
I discovered Mary Jane Clark by watching “CBS Sunday Morning” and she was featured in a segment. I learned Mary Jane has worked in broadcast news at CBS News for years, so she knows the business. I also found out she is the ex-daughter-in-law of the “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark, whose work she studied to develop her own style.
What I’ve always liked about Mary Jane Clark’s writing is her factually-based stories. Don’t misunderstand, she writes fiction mysteries, but she works information into the plot on a variety of subjects, from facts about AIDS to Fragile X Syndrome, which her son, David, has. She has a talent for being able to integrate real facts into her fiction, which really enhances the storyline. Clark brings her characters to life, and composes the stories to keep readers guessing until the end.
Her KEY News Thrillers center on an ever-changing group at KEY News in New York City. Her plots are as varied as the daily news. She shines a light on what it’s really like to be a reporter, from covering things on a spur of the moment to dealing with viewers whose attention and threats are terrifying.
Reporters don’t just cover the news, they live it, as well, and Clark has her crew dealing with anthrax scares, conspiracies, natural disasters, secrets people would kill to keep, kidnapping, losing colleagues, and a host of murders by rather bizarre means.
If you’ve never read Clark’s series, you should probably start from the beginning. Even though the separate books follow different reporters, characters and plot lines continue throughout the series and it’s best to read them in order to keep things straight and not spoil the mystery.
Now is a good time to start reading the KEY News Thrillers because you have time to get caught up, even from the beginning, since Clark is working on a new series called “Wedding Cake Mysteries”.
KEY News Thrillers: “Do You Want to Know a Secret?”, “Do You Promise Not to Tell”, “Let Me Whisper in Your Ear”, “Close to You”, “Nobody Knows”, “Nowhere to Run”, “Hide Yourself Away”, “Dancing in the Dark”, “Lights Out Tonight”, “When Day Breaks”, “It Only Takes a Moment”, and “Dying for Mercy”.
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