THE CINDERELLA MURDER
An Under Suspicion Novel
By Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
“The snappy pace, layered characters, and many plot surprises will keep readers guessing in this fascinating mystery by two talented writers.”—Booklist
“The team behind Clark’s reality TV show Under Suspicion returns to dramatize—all right, solve—another cold case, with welcome help from co-author Burke…Burke brings a sharp legal eye to the proceedings. This serendipitous series launch, or continuation, will satisfy Clark’s legion of fans and may well win her some new ones.”—Kirkus Reviews
“An engaging collaboration.”—Publishers Weekly
This November, Simon & Schuster is thrilled to publish THE CINDERELLA MURDER (Simon & Schuster; November 18, 2014; $26.99), the first in a new collaborative series from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and bestselling thriller writer Alafair Burke.
Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program—a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected—is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode. Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder.
When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church that was active on campus? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered? With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood’s elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen—but is Cinderella’s murderer ready for a close-up?
Together Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke deliver an exciting publishing event: the start of a thrilling new series guaranteed to keep you guessing until the last suspenseful page
About the Authors
MARY HIGGINS CLARK, #1 New York Times bestselling author, has written thirty-four suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. She is the coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five suspense novels: Dashing through the Snow, Deck the Halls, He Sees You When You’re Sleeping, The Christmas Thief, and Santa Cruise. Her books are worldwide bestsellers, with over 100 million sold in the United States alone. She lives with her husband, John Conheeney, in Saddle River, New Jersey.
ALAFAIR BURKE is the bestselling author of ten novels, including the thrillers Long Gone, If You Were Here, and the latest in the Ellie Hatcher series, All Dayand a Night. A former prosecutor, she now teaches criminal law and lives in Manhattan.
Praise for MARY HIGGINS CLARK Includes:
“The mistress of high tension” — The New Yorker
“A flawless storyteller.” — The Washington Post Book World
“The grande dame of American thriller writing.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review
Praise for ALAFAIR BURKE Includes:
“A terrific web spinner [who] knows when and how to drop clues to keep readers at her mercy.”—Entertainment Weekly
“One of the finest young crime writers working today.”—Denis Lehane
“A major talent.”—Harlan Coben
About the Book
THE CINDERELLA MURDER: A Novel
By Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
Published by Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: November 18, 2014
eBook ISBN-13: 9781476763705
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