• The Lost Years
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Synopsis
In The Lost Years, Mary Higgins Clark, America's Queen of Suspense, has written her most astonishing novel to date. At its center is a discovery that, if authenticated, may be the most revered document in human history--"the holiest of the holy"--and certainly the most coveted and valuable object in the world. Biblical scholar Jonathan Lyons believes he has found the rarest of parchments--a letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ. Stolen from the Vatican Library in the 1500s, the letter was assumed to be lost forever. Now, under the promise of secrecy, Jonathan is able to confirm his findings with several other experts. But he also confides in a family friend his suspicion that someone he once trusted wants to sell the parchment and cash in. Within days Jonathan is found shot to death in his study. At the same time, his wife, Kathleen, who is suffering from Alzheimer's, is found hiding in the study closet, incoherent and clutching the murder weapon. Even in her dementia, Kathleen has known that her husband was carrying on a long-term affair. Did Kathleen kill her husband in a jealous rage, as the police contend? Or is his death tied to the larger question: Who has possession of the priceless parchment that has now gone missing? It is up to their daughter, twenty-eight-year-old Mariah, to clear her mother of murder charges and unravel the real mystery behind her father's death. Mary Higgins Clark's The Lost Years is at once a breathless murder mystery and a hunt for what may be the most precious religious and archaeological treasure of all time. In her long career as America's most beloved suspense writer, Mary Higgins Clark's The Lost Years is her most astonishing and dramatic novel to date. At its center is a discovery that, if authenticated, may be the most revered document in human history "the holiest of the holy" and certainly the most coveted and valuable object in the world. Dr. Jonathan Lyons, a 70-year-old biblical scholar, believes he has found the rarest of parchments, a letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ. Stolen from the Vatican library in the fifteenth century, it was assumed to be lost forever. Under the promise of secrecy, Jonathan attempts to confirm his findings with several other biblical experts. But on the eve before his own murder, he confides to Father Aiden O'Brien, a family friend, that one of those whom he trusted most is determined to keep it from being returned to the Vatican. The next evening Jonathan Lyons is found shot to death in his New Jersey home. His daughter, 27-year-old Mariah, finds her father's body sprawled over his desk in his study, a fatal bullet wound in the back of his neck, and her mother, Kathleen, an Alzheimer's victim, hiding in the study closet, incoherent and clutching the murder weapon. The police suspect that Kathleen, who in her lucid moments knows that Jonathan was involved with a much younger woman Lily Stewart, has committed the murder. But Mariah believes that the key to her father's death is tied to another question: Where is the missing parchment? Whom, among his close circle of friends, might he have consulted? And did one of them kill to keep possession of the letter? What Mariah doesn't know is that there was an eyewitness to the murder, someone whose unwise attempt to blackmail the killer begins a new circle of death, with Mariah as the ultimate target of one person's obsession with a priceless historical treasure. With all the elements that have made her a worldwide bestseller, Mary Higgins Clark's The Lost Years is at once a breathless murder mystery and a hunt for what may be the most precious religious and archeological treasure of all time. In her long career as America's most beloved suspense writer, this is Clark's most astonishing and dramatic novel: a breathless murder mystery and a hunt for what may be the most precious religious treasure of all time. The Queen of Suspense is back with a tale of religious intrigue... When Mariah Lyons calls upon Dr. Richard Callahan, a world-respected biblical scholar, to show him a letter left to her by her late father, a distinguished professor of ancient history, containing a translation from a 2,000-year-old papyrus scroll, he is astonished by the text, then awestruck when she shows him a dusty clay jar and a fragile fragment of papyrus on which he recognizes the name of Jesus, son of Joseph, of the House of David. Mariah has placed in his hands a fragment of a letter in Christ's own writing, and more than that, a pivotal letter in Christ's life. But the rest of the scroll has vanished, and Mariah is aware that somebody else out there has heard of its existence, and is searching for it. Hoping to find some answers to her questions, she visits her father's his ex-mistress Jennie Griffin, who is in prison for having murdered him. Unrepentant and coming up for a parole hearing, Griffin refuses to help her. Then her family's summer home is broken into and savagely trashed by someone who is clearly searching for something obviously, the missing letter. Step by step, Mariah's quest for the papyrus scroll her father brought home from Egypt, a scroll he should never have taken in the first place, takes her deeper and deeper into danger. Does Griffin know the person who is hunting down this invaluable object? Do any of the others who accompanied her father and Griffin to Egypt have a clue to its whereabouts? Mariah, with Dr. Callahan's help, is drawn into the search for the scroll, the very existence of which might change the world and for which somebody close to her would kill to possess. With all the elements that have made her a worldwide bestseller, Mary Higgins Clark's THE LOST YEARS is unputdownable reading, a thriller that is at once a breathless mystery and a hunt for the most precious religious and archeological treasure of all time.
Product Identifiers
ISBN-10 1451668864
ISBN-13 9781451668865
Product ID (ePID) 109576519
Key Details
Author Mary Higgins Clark
Number Of Pages 304 pages
Format Hardcover
Publication Date 2012-04-03
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication Year 2012
Additional Details
Copyright Date 2012
Dimensions
Weight 15.9 Oz
Height 1.2 In.
Width 6 In.
Length 9 In.
Target Audience
Group Trade
Classification Method
LCCN 2012-006838
LC Classification Number PS3553.L287L67 2012
Dewey Decimal 813/.54
Dewey Edition 23
Reviews
Praise for Mary Higgins Clark's The Lost Years : "Once again Mary Higgins Clark affirms why she is the 'Queen of Suspense'... Ms. Clark has another winner for her readers to enjoy getting us there with this entertaining taut tale in which the suspense spins from family violence to biblical archeological violence." -- Mystery Gazette "At once a breathless murder mystery and a hunt for what may be the most precious religious and archeological treasure of all time." -- BookReporter.com "Clark, known rightly as the queen of suspense, performs her usual magic...An intriguing blend of religious history and contemporary mystery, "The Lost Years" confirms Clark's status as a writer who is willing and able to bend her formula and to do so successfullyto address topics not often found in the genre." -- Richmond Times Dispatch "If you're someone who enjoys sharing novels with others, though, beware: lend this book and you may never get it back. That's because, for mystery fans, 'The Lost Years' is truly a keeper." -- Pittsburgh Tribune

Book shows wear from consistent use, but remains in good condition. Cover art may differ from stock photo.

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