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New York's trendy magazines are a source of peril when a killer enacts a bizarre dance of death, using the personal ads to lure his victims... After college, best friends Erin Kelley and Darcy Scott move to the city to pursue exciting careers; Erin is a promising jewelry designer, Darcy finds success as a decorator. On a lark, Darcy persuades Erin to help their TV producer friend research the kinds of people who place personal ads. It seems like innocent fun...until Erin disappears. Erin's body is found on an abandoned Manhattan pier -- on one foot is her own shoe, on the other, a high-heeled dancing slipper. Soon after, startling communiques from the killer reveal that Erin is not the first victim of this "dancing shoe murderer." And, if the killer has his way, she won't be his last. Next on his death list is Darcy.
Three days before Christmas, Alvirah Meehan - the famous lottery winner and amateur detective - and Regan Reilly try to meet the harsh demands and tough deadlines of the kidnappers who have held Reilly's father for a $1,000,000 ransom. To make matters worse, a winter storm is gathering, putting their lives in greater danger. DECK THE HALLS is filled with twists and turns, intrigue and danger, as well as a hearty dose of holiday cheer. In HE SEES YOU WHEN YOU'RE SLEEPING, Sterling receives his summons into heaven a few days before Christmas. In order to be deemed fit to enter heaven this year he is sent back to earth and given an opportunity to prove his worthiness by helping someone else. That someone is seven-year-old Marissa. She has been separated from her father and grandmother who have, following the threats of two mobsters, both been forced into the Witness Protection Program. Filled with suspense and humour, this is a delightful and warm-hearted tale of perseverance, redemption and love. Alvirah Meehan and Regan Reilly join forces once again in THE CHRISTMAS THIEF to solve a Christmas mystery. The time they must track down the beautiful ninety-foot tree that is hijacked on its way to the Rockefeller Centre for the Christmas season.
Now, in one eBook boxed set, a collection of suspenseful and humorous holiday stories by Mary Higgins Clark, America's Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling mystery writer Carol Higgins Clark. Deck the Halls Three days before Christmas, Regan Reilly, the dynamic young sleuth featured in the novels of Carol Higgins Clark, meets Alvirah Meehan, the famous lottery winner and amateur detective. When a call comes through on Regan's cell phone, telling her that her father and his driver, Rosita Gonzalez, are being held for $1,000,000 ransom, Alvirah insists that Regan allow her to lend a hand in trying to gain their release. While Regan may be a licensed private detective, based in Los Angeles, Alvirah has many valuable contacts among the ranks of New York's law enforcement community -- including the head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, Jack "no relation" Reilly. Further complicating the situation is the fact that Regan's mother, the popular and very successful mystery writer Nora Regan Reilly, was hospitalized only the day before with a badly broken leg. Regan must comfort her while trying to meet the harsh demands of her father's kidnappers -- and their tough deadline. The Christmas Thief The folks who picked a beautiful eighty-foot blue spruce from Stowe, Vermont, to be Rockefeller Center's famous Christmas tree don't have a clue that Packy Noonan, a scam artist just released from prison, hid priceless diamonds in it more than twelve years ago. Anxious to retrieve his loot, Packy breaks parole and heads to Vermont. When he learns that his special tree will be heading to New York City the next morning, he knows he has to act fast. What Packy doesn't know is that Alvirah Meehan, everyone's favorite lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, and Regan Reilly, a savvy young private investigator, are visiting Stowe with their friend Opal, who lost all her lottery winnings in Packy's scam. And just when they're supposed to head home, they learn that the tree is missing . . . and that Opal has disappeared. Dashing Through the Snow In the picturesque village of Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are all pitching in to prepare for the first (and many hope annual) Festival of Joy. The night before the festival begins, a group of employees at the local market learn that they have won $160 million in the lottery. One of their co-workers, Duncan, decided at the last minute, on the advice of a pair of crooks masquerading as financial advisers, not to play. Then he goes missing. A second winning lottery ticket was purchased in the next town, but the winner hasn't come forward. Could Duncan have secretly bought it? Alvirah Meehan, the amateur sleuth, and private investigator Regan Reilly -- have arrived in Branscombe for the festival. They are just the people to find out what is amiss. As they dig beneath the surface, they find that life in Branscombe is not as tranquil as it appears. So much for an old-fashioned weekend in the country!
A sus ochenta y dos años y con una salud frágil, Olivia Morrow sabe que le queda poco tiempo de vida. En este momento ha de enfrentarse a la decisión más difícil que jamás haya tenido que tomar: sacar a la luz un secreto que su familia ha escondido desde hace décadas o llevárselo a la tumba.Catherine, una prima de Olivia ya fallecida, ingresó en su juventud en una orden religiosa. Su labor en el cuidado de niños discapacitados fue tan destacada que la Iglesia Católica está estudiando la posibilidad de su beatificación. Sin embargo, Olivia conserva unas cartas en las que se evidencia que Catherine dio a luz a un niño antes de tomar los hábitos. El bebé, fruto de su relación con Alex Gannon, un prestigioso doctor que amasó una gran fortuna en vida, fue dado en adopción.Si Olivia revela este secreto, traicionará la voluntad de Catherine. Si muere con ella, la fortuna de Gannon se malversará. Lo que Olivia desconoce es que no es la única que posee esta información, aunque los motivos de los demás para ocultarla sean mucho menos nobles...
Neeve Kearny debe de ser la única persona en Nueva York preocupada por la desaparición de Ethel Lambston. Ethel, una famosa reportera de ecos de sociedad, es una de las mejores clientas de la lujosa boutique que Neeve posee en Madison Avenue. Pero el ex marido de Ethel, así como el sobrino y los magnates de la moda ridiculizados en su último artículo, tienen buenas razones para estar contentos de su desaparición. Cuando finalmente Ethel Lambston aparece degollada, los recuerdos de Neeve sobre el asesinato irresuelto de su madre salen a la superficie. Ahora, en tanto inocente testigo del asesinato de Thel, Neeve es arrastrada a una nueva pesadilla; un laberinto siniestro de envidia y ambición que la pondrá en serio peligro de muerte...
«Siempre la misma canción». Kay escuchó estas palabras en la mansión de los Carrington cuando sólo era una niña y, aunque entonces no comprendió su significado, se le grabaron a fuego en la memoria.Muchos años más tarde, cuando se casó con el heredero de esta acaudalada familia, esa frase fue cobrando un sentido aterrador. ¿Quién es en realidad Peter Carrington? ¿Qué secretos se han ocultado en las sombras de este caserón durante décadas? Los fantasmas del pasado están regresando al presente en busca de venganza y Kay sospecha que duerme junto a un hombre cuyas manos están manchadas de sangre.Una fascinante intriga que sumerge al lector en el peligroso laberinto de la mente humana, donde los secretos pueden ser el arma más letal...
La detective amateur Alvirah Meehan y la investigadora privada Regan Reilly reciben una invitación navideña para viajar, junto a sus esposos, en el recién inaugurado Royal Mermaid. La intención del patrocinador del acto es reunir en un crucero a un selecto grupo de benefactores que «hayan hecho del mundo un lugar mejor». Pero la tranquilidad termina cuando dos trajes de Santa Claus desaparecen del almacén, una pasajera afirma haber visto el fantasma de un escritor famoso, se cierne una tormenta sobre el barco y un hombre está a punto de perder la vida tras sufrir un misterioso ataque. Mientras el Royal Mermaid navega por un mar encrespado, Alvirah y Regan con la ayuda del marido de esta, el jefe de brigada Jack Reilly van descubriendo las pistas que los llevarán hasta unos peligrosos criminales que no figuraban en la lista de inivitados inicial. Repleta de suspense y humor, Misterio en alta mar es una novela que no se puede dejar de leer. Mary Higgins Clark, de nuevo en tándem con su hija Carol, nos embarca en un viaje lleno de glamour y sobresaltos hacia un final a la vez conmovedor y espeluznante que tiene lugar en Nochevieja. «Mary Higgins Clark ha transmitido a Carol el talento para escribir y tener éxito.» Paris-Match
La reportera de televisión Meghan Collins acude a un hospital para cubrir una información. En la sala de urgencias ve el cadáver de una chica apuñalada y esa imagen terrible desencadena una investigación de consecuencias imprevisibles. Por un lado, la enigmática desaparición del padre de la propio Meghan. Por el otro, los entresijos de una conspiración infame basada en el tráfico de niños probeta. ¿Dónde está Edwin Collins y por qué retiró una importante suma de dinero el día antes de su desaparición? ¿Hasta dónde puede llegar la fecundación in vitro y qué turbias ambiciones puede provocar?
In her thirteenth full-length novel -- her most chillingly suspenseful yet -- Mary Higgins Clark, "America's Queen of Suspense," delivers a tale of brilliantly sustained terror. Set in Newport, Rhode Island, in a world of old money and proud names, Moonlight Becomes You has at its center Maggie Holloway, an independent young woman who has put personal tragedy behind her and become one of the fashion world's most successful photographers. Accompanying her date to a party in Manhattan -- a kind of family reunion for the Moore clan of Newport -- Maggie is reunited with a woman who had once been her stepmother and who remains one of her fondest childhood memories. Nuala Moore is equally thrilled to see Maggie, and the two quickly get beyond old pains and resume their friendship. Nuala, now widowed, invites Maggie to visit her in Newport, and when Maggie readily accepts, Nuala plans a dinner for a group of friends so they can meet her long-lost stepdaughter. But when Maggie arrives, she finds Nuala dead, the victim of an apparently random break-in and robbery. Maggie is heartbroken at the loss and further stunned when she learns that, only days before her death, Nuala had changed her will and left her charming Victorian house to her stepdaughter, the only proviso being that Maggie occasionally visit an old friend, Greta Shipley, who lives in Latham Manor, an elegant retirement home in Newport. It is when she accompanies Mrs. Shipley to the cemetery to visit Nuala's grave, as well as those of other friends Mrs. Shipley has recently lost, that Maggie discovers that something is wrong. Using her skills as a photographer to aid her in uncovering the secrets hidden on the gravesites, she soon realizes that Nuala's death may not have been a random killing at all but rather part of a diabolical plot conceived by a twisted and unfeeling mind. Suddenly it becomes all too apparent to Maggie that Nuala's killer must have been someone she trusted completely. Then, when Greta Shipley dies virtually without warning of supposedly natural causes, Maggie becomes convinced that there is a connection between these two and other recent deaths among the older women of Newport. What Maggie doesn't realize is that she has become a target for the killer as well and that each clue she uncovers brings her closer and closer to a shocking and unimaginable fate. With a sense of swiftly mounting danger, and with the skill and insight into human nature that have made all Mary Higgins Clark's books major bestsellers, Moonlight Becomes You is enthralling suspense.
Charming, insightful and immensely entertaining in its unique presentation of one of America's legendary figures, Mount Vernon Love Story, by famed suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark, shows the reader the man behind the legend, a man of flesh, blood and passion, and in the author's skilled hands, the story and the man come fully and dramatically alive. Mary Higgins Clark's interest in George Washington was first sparked by a radio series she was writing in the 1960s, called "Portrait of a Patriot," vignettes of American presidents. Always a lover of history, she wrote this biographical novel -- her first book -- and titled it Aspire to the Heavens, which was the family motto of George Washington's mother. With all events, dates, scenes and characters based on historical research, the book was published in 1969. Its recent discovery by a Washington family descendent led to its reissue under its new title, Mount Vernon Love Story. In researching George Washington's life, Mary Higgins Clark was surprised to find the engaging man behind the pious legend. He was a giant of a man in every way, starting with his physical height. In an era when men averaged five foot seven inches, he towered over everyone at six foot three. He was the best dancer in the colony of Virginia. He was also a master horseman, which was why the Indians gave him their highest compliment: "He rides his horse like an Indian." She dispels the widespread belief that although George Washington married an older woman, a widow, his true love was Sally Carey Fairfax, his best friend's wife. Martha Dandridge Custis was older, but only by three months -- she was twenty-seven to his twenty-six when they met. Mary Higgins Clark describes their relationship from their first meeting, their closeness and his tenderness toward her two children. Martha shared his life in every way, crossing the British lines to join him in Boston and enduring with him the bitter hardship of the winter in Valley Forge. As Lady Bird Johnson was never called Claudia, Martha Washington was never known as Martha. Her family and friends called her Patsy. George always called her "my dearest Patsy" and wore a locket with her picture around his neck. In Mount Vernon Love Story, Mary Higgins Clark tells the story of a rare marriage and brings to life the human side of the man who became the "father of our country."
Topping her bestselling success with Alvirah and Willy, in The Lottery Winner, America's Queen of Suspense introduces a new sleuthing couple, Henry and Sunday, an ex-president and his young congresswoman bride. Henry Parker Britland IV is wealthy and worldly -- a beloved former president who, still youthful, is enjoying early retirement. His new wife, Sunday, is beautiful, smart and seventeen years younger than he, and has just been elected to Congress in a stunning upset victory that has made her the darling of the media. Henry and Sunday make a formidable team of sleuths -- and never more so than when they set out to solve crimes occurring among their friends in political high society. When Henry's former secretary of state is indicted for the murder of his mistress, Henry and Sunday suspect he is taking the fall for a crime of passion he did not commit. But why? With cases ranging from a crime on the presidential yacht to a kidnapping that brings Henry back to the White House as he races against time to unravel the plot, there is never a dull moment for the ex-president and his bride -- or the reader. With her wit and gift for characterization, the creator of the popular Alvirah and Willy stories brings us another marvelously endearing sleuthing duo, destined to return again and again.
Hard-boiled breakfasts, thrilling entrees, cozy desserts, and more--this illustrated cookbook features more than 100 recipes from legendary mystery authors. Whether you're planning a sinister dinner party or whipping up some comfort food perfect for a day of writing, you'll find plenty to savor in this cunning collection. Full-color photography is featured throughout, along with mischievous sidebars revealing the links between food and foul play. Contributors include Lee Child, Mary Higgins Clark, Harlan Coben, Nelson DeMille, Gillian Flynn, Sue Grafton, Charlaine Harris, James Patterson, Louise Penny, Scott Turow, and many more.
"The definition of an owl had always pleased him: a night bird of prey. . . sharp talons and soft plumage which permits noiseless flight. . . applied figuratively to a person of nocturnal habits. 'I am The Owl,' he would whisper to himself after he had selected his prey, 'and nighttime is my time. '"Jean Sheridan, a college dean and prominent historian, sets out to her hometown in Cornwall-on- Hudson, New York, to attend the twenty-year reunion of alumni of Stonecroft Academy, where she is to be honored along with six other members of her class. There is, however, something uneasy in the air: one woman in the group about to be feted, Alison Kendall, a beautiful, high-powered Hollywood agent, died just a few days before, drowned in her pool during an early- morning swim, the fifth woman in the class whose life has come to a sudden, mysterious end. Also adding to Jean's sense of unease is a taunting, anonymous fax she has just received, referring to her daughter, Lily, a child she had given up for adoption twenty years ago, the offspring of a romance between her and a West Point cadet killed in an accident a week before graduation. She had always kept the child's existence a secret, so who has found out? And why the implied threat now?Struggling to conceal her fears, Jean arrives at the hotel where the reunion is being held. One by one she sees the other honorees, including Laura Wilcox, the class beauty, whose dazzling exterior belies the fact that her television career is sinking, and the four men who, like Jean, had spent four bitterly unhappy years at Stonecroft: Carter (formerly Howie) Stewart, an acerbic and successful playwright, once the class nerd; renowned child psychiatrist and talk-show celebrity Mark Fleischman, who has never been able to resolve the pain of his own adolescence; Gordon Amory, a media mogul, hardly recognizable as the awkward boy who was the butt of cruel jokes; Robby Brent, a popular comedian, whose caustic humor emanates from a childhood of rejection. Omnipresent is an old classmate, Jack Emerson, the chairman of the reunion, whose reasons for spearheading the event may be motivated by something other than class spirit. At the award dinner, Jean is introduced to Sam Deegan, a detective obsessed for years by the unsolved murder of a young woman in Cornwall, who may also hold the key to the identity of the Stonecroft killer and the source of the anonymous threat to her child. She does not suspect that among the distinguished people she is greeting is The Owl, a murderer nearing the countdown on his mission of vengeance against the Stonecroft women who had mocked and humiliated him, with Jean his final intended victim. In Nighttime Is My Time, Mary Higgins Clark creates a riveting novel of psychological suspense, penetrating behind the pervading façade of status and respectability to depict the mind of a killer.
Growing up under an assumed identity after accidentally shooting her mother and escaping her abusive father, Liza Barclay, still fearful that her past will reclaim her, is shocked when her husband inadvertently buys her childhood home.
La abogada Kerry Macgrath acompaña a su hija Robin a la consulta de un cirujano estético. Mientras aguarda en la sala de espera ve salir a una mujer cuya cara le resulta familiar. Este hecho casual se convertirá en inquientante cuando, en las sucesivas visitas a la consulta del doctor Smith, Kerry continúe viendo esa misma cara... pero en diferentes personas. La abogada decide investigar, sin imaginar que está a punto de internarse en un laberinto mortal de engaños y crímenes cuyo hilo de Ariadna se remonta al asesinato de una bella joven once años atrás...«La Agatha Christie americana.»El Mundo
Pat Traymore, joven reportera de una cadena de televisión norteamericana, víaja a Washington con una triple intención: realizar un reportaje sobre Abby Jennings, una brillante senadora, reanudar su relación amorosa con Sam Kingsley y regresar a la casa de sus padres, muertos ambos en trágicas circunstancias. Sin embargo, el apretado programa de Pat fracasa desde el principio, pues comienza a recibir anónimos amenazadores, exigiéndole que no realice el programa sobre Abby...
In the gripping new novel from America's Queen of Suspense, a young woman is haunted by two murders that are closely linked -- despite the one hundred and ten years that separate them. Following the acrimonious breakup of her marriage and the searing experience of being pursued by an obsessed stalker, criminal defense attorney Emily Graham accepts an offer to leave Albany and work in a major law firm in Manhattan. Feeling a need for roots, she buys her ancestral home, a restored Victorian house in the historic New Jersey seaside resort town of Spring Lake. Her family had sold the house in 1892, after one of Emily's forebears, Madeline Shapley, then still a young girl, disappeared. Now, more than a century later, as the house is being renovated and the backyard excavated for a pool, the skeleton of a young woman is found. She is identified as Martha Lawrence, who had disappeared from Spring Lake over four year ago. Within her skeletal hand is the finger bone of another woman with a ring still on it -- a Shapley family heirloom. In seeking to find the link between her family's past and the recent murder, Emily becomes a threat to a devious and seductive killer, who has chosen her as the next victim.
Maggie Holloway, una joven independiente, ha superado una dolorosa tragedia y se ha convertido en una prestigiosa fotógrafa de modas. Con ocasión de una reunión familiar del clan Moore de Newport, Maggie se reencuentra en Manhattan con Nuala, la mujer que había sido su madrasta y de la que conserva recuerdos entrañables. Ésta le invita a pasar unos días en su casa. Sin embargo, cuando poco después Maggie llega a Newport, se encuentra con una situación inesperada y terrible: Nuala ha muerto, aparentemente víctima de un robo fortuito. Destrozada, Maggie decide investigar las circunstancias del caso, sin imaginar que está internándose en un abominable laberinto de vileza, crímenes y turbias pasiones.
En esta nueva novela, Mary Higgins Clark se supera a sí misma para ofrecernos una intriga electrizante. La trama gira en torno a un brutal asesinato cuyo esclarecimiento concluye rápidamente para la policía, pero no así para la acusada. Todos los indicios y pruebas señalan a Molly Carpenter como autora del asesinato de su marido, un reputado médico y, por ello, es condenada a cinco años de cárcel. Sin embargo, ella ha perdido la memoria y no recuerda nada de la trágica noche en que fue hallado el cadáver de su marido. Una vez en libertad, Molly, con la ayuda de una sagaz reportera y un tenaz abogado, se empeñará en averiguar la verdad. Y ese mismo empeño, la llevará a las puertas de la muerte...Perdida en su memoria es una historia no apta para cardíacos, con la impronta inconfundible de la reina de la intriga y el suspense.
Laurie Kenyon, una estudiante de veintiún años, es acusada del aseinato de su profesor Allan Grant. Las pruebas son irrefutables: alrededor del cadáver, salvajemente apuñalado, se han encontrado profusas huellas dactilares de la joven. Sin embargo, ella no recuerda nada del crimen.En su infancia, Laurie fue secuestrada y sometida a terribles abusos y vejaciones, espantosa experiencia que le hizo desarrollar una personalidad múltiple. Laurie no sabe cuántas personalidades habitan en su interior, y menos aún que una de ellas, Leona, ha escrito ardientes cartas de amor al profesor asesinado e incluso ha visitado secretamente su casa... El hombre que secuestró de pequeña a Laurie, Bic Hawkins, un repulsivo vagabundo que se ha convertido en famoso predicador evangelista dotado de extraños poderes hipnóticos, no ha superado nunca su obsesión por la atractiva chica. Y ahora, quince años después, va en su busca para satisfacer sus siniestros instintos e impedir definitivamente que su infamia pueda ser descubierta.
Short stories by authors such as Mary Higgins Clark, Lawrence Block, Edna Buchannan, Carol Higgins Clark, Janet Evanovich, Linda Fairstein, Walter Mosley, Nancy Pickard, Ann Rule, and Donald e. Westlake
Una serie de mujeres desaparecidas en extrañas circunstancias tienen un elemento en común: todas han recibido, de un admirador misterioso, un anillo con las palabras ""por siempre mía"" grabadas en su interior. La psicóloga Susan Chandler entrevista en su programa de televisión al autor de un libro sobre mujeres desaparecidas y, a partir de entonces, una serie de cabos sueltos van perfilando una terrible sospecha: ¿se trata de un asesino en serie?Sin embargo, lo que la doctora Susan ignora es que el psicópata se encuentra mucho más cerca de lo que ella cree, precisamente entre sus numerosos admiradores, y que no está dispuesta a permitir que nadie estropee sus macabros designios... Una nueva y sobrecogadora novela de la reina de la intriga, que atrapa al lector desde la primera página.
Mary Higgins Clark sends chills down readers' spines with the story of Lacey Farrell, a rising star on the Manhattan real estate scene. One day, while showing a luxurious skyline co-op, Lacey is witness to a murder -- and to the dying words of the victim.... The dying woman is convinced that the attacker was after her dead daughter's journal -- which Lacey gives to the police, but not before making a copy for herself. It's an impulse that later proves nearly fatal. Placed in the witness protection program and sent to live in the Minneapolis area, Lacey must assume a fake identity, at least until the killer can be brought to trial. There she meets Tom Lynch, a radio talk-show host whom she tentatively begins to date -- until the strain of deception makes her break it off. Then she discovers the killer has traced her to Minneapolis. Armed with nothing more than her own courage and clues from the journal, Lacey heads back to New York, determined to uncover who's behind the deaths of the two women -- before she's the next casualty. At once seductive and frightening, Pretend You Don't See Her is the "mistress of high tension" (The New Yorker) at her ingenious best.
What happens when a young woman is accidentally caught up in a dangerous murder investigation, having merely been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Lacey Farrell, a rising star on the Manhattan real estate scene, is witness to a murder - and to the final words of the victim. The dying woman is convinced her attacker was after her dead daughter's journal, which Lacey gives to the police, but not before making a copy for herself. It's an impulse that later proves nearly fatal. Placed in the witness protection programme and sent to live in Minneapolis, Lacey must assume a fake identity, at least until the killer can be brought to trial. There she meets Tom Lynch, a radio talk-show host whom she tentatively begins to date - until the strain of her deception makes her break it off. Then she discovers the killer has traced her whereabouts. Armed with nothing more than her own courage and clues from the journal, Lacey heads back to New York determined to uncover who is behind the deaths of the two women... before she is the next casualty.
La joven abogada Emily Wallace se enfrenta al caso más importante de su carrera. Hace dos años la popular actriz Natalie Raines fue asesinada en su propia casa y su ex marido, Gregg Aldrich, ha sido desde entonces el principal sospechoso de esa muerte.A pesar de haberse dedicado en cuerpo y alma a la preparación del caso contra Aldrich, Emily pasa por constantes momentos de duda cuando comienza el juicio. Por un lado, simpatiza con la madre de la asesinada, pero también, desde el primer momento, con Gregg? La abogada incluso consigue meterse en la piel de Natalie y experimentar emociones que hacen que sienta cierta empatía con el acusado.¿De dónde provienen esas dudas? ¿Y esos sentimientos tan contradictorios? Emily tiene una corazonada y no dejará de investigar en ello, aunque el juez haya dictado sentencia, aunque ponga su vida en peligro?
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