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The Sleeping Beauty Killer
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The Sleeping Beauty Killer
Under Suspicion Series, Book 4
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The third thrilling novel in the Under Suspicion series by #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke follows television producer Laurie Moran as she tries to help a woman she believes was wrongfully convicted of killing her fiancé.
Fifteen years after being convicted of murdering her fiancé—the famed philanthropist Hunter Raleigh III—Casey Carter is determined to clear her name. Though she has served her time, she finds that she is still living under suspicion. Going on the true crime show Under Suspicion seems to be her only hope to prove her innocence.

The show’s producer, Laurie Moran, also believes in her innocence and wants to help Casey. But with Alex Buckley taking a break from the show—cooling his potential romance with Laurie—Under Suspicion introduces a new on-air host in Ryan Nichols, a hot shot legal whiz with a Harvard Law degree, a Supreme Court clerkship, experience as a federal prosecutor. Ryan has no problems with steering the show, and even tries to stop Laurie from taking on Casey’s case because he’s so certain she’s guilty.

An egomaniacal new boss, a relentless gossip columnist, and Casey’s longstanding bad reputation: Laurie must face this and more to do what she believes is right, to once and for all prove Casey’s innocence—that is, if she’s innocent.
The third thrilling novel in the Under Suspicion series by #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke follows television producer Laurie Moran as she tries to help a woman she believes was wrongfully convicted of killing her fiancé.
Fifteen years after being convicted of murdering her fiancé—the famed philanthropist Hunter Raleigh III—Casey Carter is determined to clear her name. Though she has served her time, she finds that she is still living under suspicion. Going on the true crime show Under Suspicion seems to be her only hope to prove her innocence.

The show’s producer, Laurie Moran, also believes in her innocence and wants to help Casey. But with Alex Buckley taking a break from the show—cooling his potential romance with Laurie—Under Suspicion introduces a new on-air host in Ryan Nichols, a hot shot legal whiz with a Harvard Law degree, a Supreme Court clerkship, experience as a federal prosecutor. Ryan has no problems with steering the show, and even tries to stop Laurie from taking on Casey’s case because he’s so certain she’s guilty.

An egomaniacal new boss, a relentless gossip columnist, and Casey’s longstanding bad reputation: Laurie must face this and more to do what she believes is right, to once and for all prove Casey’s innocence—that is, if she’s innocent.
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  • The #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has written thirty-seven suspense novels, four collections of short stories, a historical novel, a memoir, and two children's books. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels, and also wrote The Cinderella Murder, All Dressed in White, The Sleeping Beauty Killer, and Every Breath You Take with bestselling author Alafair Burke. More than one hundred million copies of her books are in print in the United States alone. Her books are international bestsellers.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from October 17, 2016
    A clever plot and a cast of intriguing characters, whose actions and agendas are easily misconstrued, boost bestseller Clark and Burke's third novel featuring Laurie Morgan, the producer of the New York–based TV show Under Suspicion (after 2015's All Dressed in White). Casey Carter (aka Crazy Casey or the Sleeping Beauty Killer), who served a 15-year sentence for manslaughter in the death of her fiancé, Hunter Raleigh III, seeks Laurie out and begs Laurie to help prove her innocence. Casey names five possible suspects who had opportunity and motive for killing Hunter, though she has few allies to support her cause. Meanwhile, Laurie's lover, attorney Alex Buckley, is no longer host of the show, having been replaced without Laurie's input by Ryan Nichols, a hotshot lawyer. Plagued by a rocky relationship with Ryan and a worrisome disconnect with Alex, Laurie interviews everyone she can and finds much that seems to confirm Casey's guilt and nothing that suggests her innocence. The authors keep Laurie and the reader grasping for answers till the end. Agents: Bob Barnett and Deenen Howell, Williams & Connolly.

  • Kirkus

    November 1, 2016
    Laurie Moran and the staff of Under Suspicion reopen a cold case almost everyone else is convinced was closed tight 15 years ago.The day after Katherine "Casey" Carter is released from prison after serving a term for manslaughter in the death of her fiance, Hunter Raleigh III, she sneaks out of her mother's house and pays a call on Laurie. Though even her mother doubts her continued protestations of innocence, Casey tells Laurie she wants Under Suspicion to revisit the case, letting the chips fall where they may. It's no wonder Casey was convicted. Her story about nodding off in Hunter's car after a Raleigh Foundation gala--an exam later found alcohol and Rohypnol in her bloodstream--and then waking up on a sofa, apparently having slept through his murder, was always hard to believe. And Laurie naturally finds little enthusiasm for Casey's demand for vindication among the suspects she proposes in her stead: her ex-boyfriend Jason Gardner, who trashed her in a tell-all memoir; Gabrielle Lawson, the jealous socialite who'd set her cap on Hunter; Hunter's underachieving younger brother, Andrew Raleigh; Hunter's friend Mark Templeton, CFO of the Raleigh Foundation; and Mary Jane Finder, bloodless personal assistant to Gen. James Raleigh, the father who'd never accepted Casey as daughter-in-law material. In fact, the most obvious effect of Laurie's inquiries, apart from riling the other suspects, is to reveal new evidence against Casey herself. An added complication is posed by Ryan Nichols, the gifted but callow and altogether iffy new host of Under Suspicion brought on to replace the departed Alex Buckley, whose six-year romantic pursuit of Laurie (All Dressed in White, 2015, etc.) seems nearly as cold as the case of Crazy Casey. Fleet, conscientious, and utterly true to its carefully wrought formula.

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