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A collection of short stories from the #1 New York Times bestselling "Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark, including the never-before-published novella Death Wears a Beauty Mask.From Clark's first-ever published story (1956's "Stowaway"), to classic tales featuring Alvirah and Willy, My Gal Sunday and many more, Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories gives readers the chance to revisit the short story highlights from the "Queen of Suspense." The jewel of this collection is the novella showcasing the dazzling and dangerous world of high fashion in 1970s New York City: Death Wears a Beauty Mask, which Mary began in 1974 and put aside to write Where Are the Children, the book that launched her career. Mary returned to Death Wears a Beauty Mask nearly forty years later and the result is spectacular. Featuring the same chills and heart-pounding drama we've come to expect from a Mary Higgins Clark title, and including an exclusive author's introduction, Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories is a spine-tingling read and glimpse into the evolution of the remarkable career of the "Queen of Suspense."
Mary Higgins Clark, the "Queen of Suspense," and her daughter, bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark, joined forces for the first time to create an exciting and entertaining suspense novel--the story of a kidnapping played out against a holiday setting. Three days before Christmas, Regan Reilly, the dynamic young sleuth featured in the novels of Carol Higgins Clark, accidentally meets Alvirah Meehan, Mary Higgins Clark's famous lottery winner and amateur detective, at a New Jersey dentist's office. That's where it all begins. While Regan's mother, Nora, the famous mystery writer, is in the hospital with a broken leg, her husband, Luke, and his chauffeur, Rosita, are kidnapped and held for a million-dollar ransom. Together, Regan and Alvirah track the case as the inept yet dangerous kidnappers make their demands known. Meanwhile, Luke and Rosita are held captive on a houseboat on the Hudson River and a fierce winter storm is gathering force. DECK THE HALLS blends suspense with poignancy, laugh-out-loud humor, and all-around holiday cheer--a Christmas classic for many seasons to come.e Hudson River, become increasingly concerned not only for their welfare, but for that of their loved ones as well. Luke's wife is in the hospital, and Rosita's two small boys are with a young, unreliable babysitter, while a winter storm gathers force, further endangering them and complicating events. In Deck the Halls, a story filled with twists and turns, intrigue and danger, as well as a hearty dose of holiday cheer, Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark have created a breathless and at the same time remarkably heartwarming story of suspense -- a Christmas classic for many holiday seasons to come.
Una documentada recreación de la vida amorosa de George Washington. Una unión llena de pasión y de ternura, incorruptible y sólida. Una historia llena de intriga y perspicacia. La vida íntima de George Washington, primer presidente de los Estados Unidos, ha estado siempre marcada por un rumor ampliamente difundido: la falta de amor en su matrimonio con Martha Dandridge. Pero Mary Higgins Clark, tras una documentación exhaustiva, nos brinda en esta novela una reconstrucción histórica que derriba esos rumores y desvela la verdadera historia de amor entre George y Martha. Porque detrás del gran estadista, del "padre de la nación", existió un hombre de carne y hueso que tuvo a su lado a una esposa confidente y con quien construyó una unión llena de pasión y de ternura, incorruptible y sólida. La crítica ha dicho: «El éxito de Clark se debe a que sabe cómo construir las mejores novelas.» The Washington Post
El silencio es el mejor refugio para los secretos que están teñidos de sangre. Mack desapareció una tarde de su apartamento de Manhattan y nadie lo ha vuelto a ver desde entonces. Pero cada año cumple con el mismo inquietante ritual: llama a su madre para decirle que está bien e insiste en que nadie intente dar con su paradero. A pesar de estar asomándose a un abismo de terribles interrogantes y aún más escalofriantes respuestas, Carolyn, la hermana de Mack, está resuelta a desenredar el misterio que rodea a su hermano. Sin embargo, todos aquellos que compartieron el pasado con él guardan secretos que les hacen palidecer tan solo con recordarlos# y que no están dispuestos a sacar a la luz. ¿A qué se está enfrentando Carolyn? ¿Qué ocurriría si de repente su peor enemigo fuera alguien muy cercano a ella?
Kathy y Kelly son las hijas gemelas de un feliz matrimonio. La tarde de su tercer cumpleaños sus padres dan una gran fiesta para celebrarlo y esa noche salen a cenar, dejando a las niñas al cuidado de una joven canguro. Nada les hacía presagiar que ese mismo día se desencadenaría la mayor tragedia que podía sucederles: el secuestro de las pequeñas. Angustiada, la familia consigue pagar el rescate que les exigen los secuestradores. No obstante, solo les devuelven a Kelly, ya que una de las participantes en el rapto decide quedarse con la hermana. Lo que nadie sospecha es que Kathy y Kelly comparten algo más que un físico idéntico: pueden comunicarse por telepatía en un lenguaje que solo ellas comparten...
Con solo diez años Liza Barton disparó y mató a su madre al intentar protegerla de la violencia de su padrastro. Aunque fue declarada inocente, mucha gente la consideró culpable de asesinato.Veinticuatro años más tarde Liza ha cambiado de nombre y de vida. Ahora se llama Celia, es una diseñadora de éxito en Manhattan, está felizmente casada, tiene un hijo pequeño y nadie conoce su verdadera historia. Pero un día su marido le hace un regalo sorpresa y su pasado irrumpe tumultuosamente: le ha comprado la misma casa en el campo donde murió su madre. Peor aún: Celia se da cuenta que alguien muy cercano conoce su verdadera identidad. De ese modo, la pesadilla de su infancia reaparece y esta vez ella va a ser acusada de más de un asesinato.
Jean Sheridan, historiadora célebre y profesora universitaria, vuelve a la ciudad donde creció para asistir a la vigésima reunión de ex alumnos de su clase. Desde el primer momento intuye que algo no va bien: una de sus antiguas compañeras, agente de actores en Hollywood, murió hace unos días en su piscina, y otra más falleció también en circunstancias misteriosas. Pero a Jean le ocurre algo aún más inquietante: recibe un fax anónimo que le habla de su hija, una niña que dio en adopción, fruto de su relación con un novio fallecido hace ya veinte años. Esta hija había sido el secreto más celosamente guardado de su vida. ¿Quién se había enterado? ¿Por qué medios? Y sobre todo, ¿porqué la amenazan ahora con desvelarlo? Jean intuye que los asesinatos y las amenazas están relacionados de alguna forma. Y decide investigar por su cuenta... Sin percatarse de que ella misma está en la lista del asesino.
La trama se desarrolla a partir de que un extraño individuo viola y asesina brutalmente a Nina, una joven casada con Steve y madre de Neil, un chiquillo que es testigo del crimen. Ello desata un torbellino de acción, en la que subyace, con la fuerza narrativa que caracteriza a la autora, el debate sobre la eficacia de la pena de muerte.
Mary Higgins Clark combina un escándalo financiero con una historia de engaño y traición en esta apasionante novela escrita con la legendaria y escalofriante habilidad que la ha convertido en la reina del suspense. Ayudante de una reputada interiorista y madre de una niña de cuatro años, Lane Harmon está acostumbrada a entrar en casas de ensueño. Optimista de nacimiento, a Lane le resulta fascinante el mero hecho de poder echar un vistazo a estos mundos tan ajenos al suyo y disfruta con la recompensa de sobrepasar las expectativas de sus exigentes clientes. Cuando su jefa le encarga la redecoración de una modesta finca sabe que es algo inusual. Pronto descubre que la casa pertenece a la mujer de un financiero de mala reputación y caído en desgracia llamado Parker Bennett. Bennett desapareció dos años atrás mientras navegada en su velero por el Caribe, justo antes de que saliera a la luz que los fondos que gestionaba se habían esfumado. ¿Fue un suicidio o había tramado su desaparición? Lane queda conmovida tras conocer a la señora Bennett, calmada y aparentemente convencida sobre la honradez de su marido, y al hijo, Eric, decidido a probar la inocencia de su padre. Lo que Lane no sabe es que cuanto más se acerca a los Bennett más pone en riesgo su vida y la de su hija.
Nicholas Spencer es propietario de Genstone, importante empresa dedicada al desarrollo de una vacuna contra el cáncer. Los resultados son muy prometedores, mucha gente está invirtiendo sus ahorros en el proyecto. Pero Nicholas desaparece en un extraño accidente de aviación y poco después se descubre que las pruebas de la vacuna habían sido un fracaso y que, además, Nicholas era sospechoso deun enorme desfalco. La periodista Marcia DeCarlo, hermanastra de la viuda de Spencer, se lanza a la investigación del complejo asunto que forman el escándalo financiero, la agitación de los inversionistas y la oscura desaparición del empresario. Marcia no acaba de creer en la culpabilidad de Spencer, cuya integridad moral admiraba, pero todas las pruebas están en contra de él. Descubrir la verdad podría ser muypeligroso...«Escribir un best seller puede parecer fácil, pero ser la escritora que más vende es algo solo reservado para la reina del suspense: Mary Higgins Clark.»Woman
"I am so pleased to have written my first children's book and to have my dear friend Wendell Minor illustrate it. I thought it would be a daunting project, but with six grandchildren and eleven stepgrandchildren, I've been telling stories to children for a long time." -- Mary Higgins Clark Thomas loved his summer visits to his grandmother's on Cape Cod. He spent hours wondering about the sailing ships of the past and imagining their stories. He dreamed of being on a sailing ship himself. One afternoon after a night of terrible thunderstorms, Thomas finds, deep in the sand, a weathered, old-fashioned belt buckle. When he picks it up, a boy his own age, Silas Rich, who was a cabin boy on a ship called the Monomoy that sailed almost 250 years ago, appears. Suddenly the world of sailing ships is very near as Silas tells his tale. Beloved and bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark tells a story of mystery and adventure that will transport readers to a time and place beyond their imaginings in her first book for children. Wendell Minor's inspired paintings make a time long ago very real.
Jenny trabaja para una galería de arte de Manhattan, donde tiene la oportunidad de conocer la pintura de Erich Krueger y el cautivador retrato de un hermosa mujer que la resulta extrañamente familiar.
Sterling Brooks has been cooling his heels in the Celestial Waiting Room for forty-six years, waiting for admission to heaven. Finally, just days before Christmas, he's summoned before the Heavenly Council and found unworthy; throughout his life he had been hopelessly self-absorbed. To redeem himself, he is given the chance to go back to Earth and find someone to help. At New York's Rockefeller Center skating rink, Sterling encounters Marissa, a heartbroken seven-year-old whose father and grandmother have been forced into the Witness Protection Program; they had overheard two gangsters hatch a sinister plot to collect money from a debtor. Able to travel through time and space, Sterling devises a master plan to reunite little Marissa with her family in time for Christmas. Along the way, he discovers within himself what it takes to earn his wings.
In a riveting psychological thriller, Mary Higgins Clark takes the reader deep into the mysteries of the human mind, where memories may be the most dangerous things of all. At the center of her novel is Kay Lansing, who has grown up in Englewood, New Jersey, daughter of the landscaper to the wealthy and powerful Carrington family. Their mansion -- a historic seventeenth-century manor house transported stone by stone from Wales in 1848 -- has a hidden chapel. One day, accompanying her father to work, six-year-old Kay succumbs to curiosity and sneaks into the chapel. There, she overhears a quarrel between a man and a woman who is demanding money from him. When she says that this will be the last time, his caustic response is: "I heard that song before." That same evening, the Carringtons hold a formal dinner dance after which Peter Carrington, a student at Princeton, drives home Susan Althorp, the eighteen-year-old daughter of neighbors. While her parents hear her come in, she is not in her room the next morning and is never seen or heard from again. Throughout the years, a cloud of suspicion hangs over Peter Carrington. At age forty-two, head of the family business empire, he is still "a person of interest" in the eyes of the police, not only for Susan Althorp's disappearance but also for the subsequent drowning death of his own pregnant wife in their swimming pool. Kay Lansing, now living in New York and working as a librarian in Englewood, goes to see Peter Carrington to ask for permission to hold a cocktail party on his estate to benefit a literacy program, which he later grants. Kay comes to see Peter as maligned and misunderstood, and when he begins to court her after the cocktail party, she falls in love with him. Over the objections of her beloved grandmother Margaret O'Neil, who raised her after her parents' early deaths, she marries him. To her dismay, she soon finds that he is a sleepwalker whose nocturnal wanderings draw him to the spot at the pool where his wife met her end. Susan Althorp's mother, Gladys, has always been convinced that Peter Carrington is responsible for her daughter's disappearance, a belief shared by many in the community. Disregarding her husband's protests about reopening the case, Gladys, now terminally ill, has hired a retired New York City detective to try to find out what happened to her daughter. Gladys wants to know before she dies. Kay, too, has developed gnawing doubts about her husband. She believes that the key to the truth about his guilt or innocence lies in the scene she witnessed as a child in the chapel and knows she must learn the identity of the man and woman who quarreled there that day. Yet, she plunges into this pursuit realizing that "that knowledge may not be enough to save my husband's life, if indeed it deserves to be saved." What Kay does not even remotely suspect is that uncovering what lies behind these memories may cost her her own life. I Heard That Song Before once again dramatically reconfirms Mary Higgins Clark's worldwide reputation as a master storyteller.
When Kay Lansing marries wealthy widower Peter Carrington, she is well aware of the rumours surrounding the mysterious death of Peter's first wife Grace, who was found floating in the family pool ten years ago, pregnant at the time. Kay also discovers that Peter is a chronic sleepwalker who suffers from periodic nightmares. When the police arrive at her doorstep with a warrant for Peter's arrest in connection with another murder - that of a woman Peter had escorted to a high school senior prom twenty-two years ago - Kay begins to fear that she has married a sleepwalking murderer, and she resolves to find out the truth behind the puzzling deaths. But are the two deaths linked? And why does a melody that Kay cannot identify keep playing in her head every time she approaches the family chapel?
The murdered woman could have been her double. When reporter Meghan Collins sees the sheet-wrapped corpse in a New York City hospital, she feels as if she's staring into her own face. And Meghan has troubles enough already without this bizarre experience. Nine months ago, her much-loved father's car spun off a New York bridge. Now, investigators are saying that there's no trace of his car in the river, and they suspect he faked his own death. With frightening speed, links start to appear between Meghan's father and her dead lookalike. Meghan may be in danger herself, but she's determined to find the truth to the mystery. In a nightmare journey spiraling from New York to Connecticut to Arizona, Meghan finds that the truth can sometimes be deadly.
Two years after the day that her son, Matthew, was kidnapped in broad daylight in Central Park, Alexandra Moreland still finds herself torn between hope and despair. As no trace of Matthew was ever found, she has never been able to give him up for dead. But now, on what would have been Matthew's fifth birthday, photos surface that seem to show Alexandra kidnapping her own child. Then, as her bank accounts are suddenly drained, and her reputation as a successful architect comes under immense pressure, Alexandra begins to suspect that someone is using her credit cards to steal her identity. But who would want to ruin her so completely? Hounded by the press, under investigation by the police, attacked by both her angry ex-husband and a vindictive business rival, Alexandra, sustained only by her belief that Matthew is still alive, sets out to discover who is behind this cruel hoax. Little does she realize that with every step she takes toward the truth, she is putting herself -and those she loves most - in mortal danger.
Twenty thrilling writers. One chilling mystery.Pericles "Perry" Christo is a P.I. with a past. A one-time NYPD homicide cop, Perry has been struggling since he lost his badge, and his marriage, in a notorious corruption scandal. So when wealthy Upper East Side matron Julia Drusilla calls him one cold February night, he jumps at the chance to work what seems to be a straightforward (and lucrative) case. Julia needs Perry to track down the whereabouts of her beautiful yet aimless daughter, Angelina, who is about to become a very wealthy young heiress. But as Perry digs deeper, he discovers there's much more to the story of the lovely "Angel." Her father, her best friend, her boyfriend--they all have agendas of their own. This classic noir tale twists and turns down New York's mean streets and around Hamptons' beaches and back roads, during a bitterly cold and gray winter where nothing is as it seems and everyone has something to hide. Told in the same "serial novel" format that made 2011's No Rest for the Dead such a commercial and critical success, Inherit the Dead is a collaboration among twenty of today's bestselling mystery and thriller authors--each taking a chapter of the narrative and infusing it with their signature style. The editor, Jonathan Santlofer, has arranged to donate any royalties in excess of editor and contributor compensation to Safe Horizon, a leading provider of services to victims of violence and abuse, making this a worthy--and winning--accomplishment that showcases today's finest writers at their very best.
Desde que Alvirah y Willy fueron agraciados con la lotería y, de ese modo, vieron solucionadas sus vidas en el aspecto material, no pueden dejar de desentrañar enigmas y crímenes. Naturalmente, esa irreprimible afición los lleva a protagonizar rocambolescas peripecias a partir de robos, secuestros y asesinatos aparentemente irresolubles. Con estos personajes, la autora entronca con la mejor tradición del relato policial al estilo de Agatha Christie, y con su inconfundible estilo transporta al lector a un mundo mortalmente peligroso.
A Manhattan ER doctor is in the local playground with his young son when someone ruthlessly guns him down. Now his young widow, a television producer, is raising their son alone and is under pressure to come up with a successful TV series. Her new show will focus on cold case files. Revisiting unsolved crimes one at a time, she and her TV crew plan to gather friends and family of the victim who have lived under suspicion of guilt for many years. By paying them to reenact the crime on television, they will be given a chance to clear their name - unless, of course, they are guilty . . .
When Laurie Moran's husband was brutally murdered, only three-year-old Timmy saw the face of his father's killer. Five years later his piercing blue eyes still haunt Timmy's dreams. Laurie is haunted by more - the killer's threat to her son as he fled the scene: 'Tell your mother she's next, then it's your turn...' Now Laurie is dealing with murder again, this time as producer of a true-crime, cold-case television show. The series will launch with the twenty-year-old unsolved murder of Betsy Powell. Betsy, a socialite, was found suffocated in her bed after a gala celebrating the graduation of her daughter and three friends. The sensational murder was news nationwide. Reopening the case in its lavish setting and with the cooperation of the surviving guests that night, Laurie is sure to have a hit on her hands. But when the estranged friends begin filming, it becomes clear each is hiding secrets . . . small and large. And a pair of blue eyes is watching events unfold, too . . .
When Natalie Raines, famous Broadway star, is found in her home in Closter, New Jersey, dying from a gunshot wound, her former husband, Gregg Aldrich, whom she was in the process of divorcing, is the chief suspect. What no one knows is that, only days before she was murdered, Natalie accidentally came face to face with the man who killed her former roommate, Jamie Evans. Two years later, career criminal Jimmy Easton, comes forward to claim that Aldrich hired him to kill his wife, but he turned the job down. Based on Easton's testimony, Gregg is charged with the murder of his wife. Handling the case is Emily Wallace, an attractive thirty-two-year-old widowed assistant prosecutor. As Aldrich's trial is making headlines, Emily's boss, Ted Wesley, warns her that this high-profile case will reveal personal matters about her, such as the fact that she had a heart transplant. And, during the trial, Emily experiences sentiments which defy all reason and continue after Gregg Aldrich's fate is decided by the jury.
In her new thriller, America's #1 bestselling Queen of Suspense delves into a legal battle over the guilt or innocence of a man accused of murdering his wife. Woven into her plot is an eerie, little-understood but documented medical phenomenon -- the emergence of a donor's traits and memories in the recipient of a heart transplant. Natalie Raines, one of Broadway's brightest stars, accidentally discovers who killed her former roommate and sets in motion a series of shocking events that puts more than one life in extreme peril. While Natalie and her roommate, Jamie Evans, were both struggling young actresses, Jamie had been involved with a mysterious married man to whom she referred only by nickname. Natalie comes face to face with him years later and inadvertently addresses him by the nickname Jamie had used. A few days later, Natalie is found in her home in Closter, New Jersey, dying from a gunshot wound. Immediately the police suspect Natalie's theatrical agent and soon-to-be-ex-husband, Gregg Aldrich. He had long been a "person of interest" and was known to have stalked Natalie to find out if she was seeing another man. But no charges are brought against him until two years later, when Jimmy Easton, a career criminal, suddenly comes forward to claim that Aldrich had tried to hire him to kill his wife. Easton knows details about the Aldrich home that only someone who had been there -- to plan a murder, for instance -- could possibly know. The case is a plum assignment for Emily Wallace, an attractive thirty-two-year-old assistant prosecutor. As she spends increasingly long hours preparing for the trial, a seemingly well-meaning neighbor offers to take care of her dog in her absence. Unaware of his violent past, she gives him a key to her home... As Aldrich's trial is making headlines, her boss warns Emily that this high-profile case will reveal personal matters about her, such as the fact that she had a heart transplant. And, during the trial, Emily experiences sentiments that defy all reason and continue after Gregg Aldrich's fate is decided by the jury. In the meantime, she does not realize that her own life is now at risk. A compelling novel that probes the mysteries of the human heart and mind, Just Take My Heart is Mary Higgins Clark's most spellbinding tale.
In her long-awaited memoir, Mary Higgins Clark, America's beloved and bestselling Queen of Suspense, recounts the early experiences that shaped her as a person and influenced her as a writer. Even as a young girl, growing up in the Bronx, Mary Higgins Clark knew she wanted to be a writer. The gift of storytelling was a part of her Irish ancestry, so it followed naturally that she would later use her sharp eye, keen intelligence, and inquisitive nature to create stories about the people and things she observed. Along with all Americans, those who lived in New York City's borough of the Bronx suffered during the Depression. So it followed that when Mary's father died, her mother, deciding to open the family home to boarders, placed a discreet sign next to the front door that read, FURNISHED ROOMS. KITCHEN PRIVILEGES. Very shortly the first in a succession of tenants arrived: a couple dodging bankruptcy who moved in with their wild-eyed boxer; a teacher who wept endlessly over her lost love; a deadbeat who tripped over a lamp while trying to sneak out in the middle of the night. . . The family's struggle to make ends meet; her days as a scholarship student in an exclusive girls' academy; her after-school employment as a hotel switchboard operator (happily listening in on the guests' conversations); the death of her beloved older brother in World War II; her brief career as a flight attendant for Pan Am (a job taken after a friend who flew with the airline said ever so casually, "God, it was beastly hot in Calcutta"); her marriage to Warren Clark, on whom she'd had a crush for many years; sitting at the kitchen table, writing stories, and finally selling the first one for one hundred dollars (after six years and some forty rejections!) -- all these experiences figure into Kitchen Privileges, as does her husband's untimely death, which left her a widowed mother of five young children. Determined to care for her family and to make a career for herself, she went to work writing scripts for a radio show, but in her spare time she began writing novels. Her first, a biographical novel about the life of George Washington titled Aspire to the Heavens, found a publisher but disappeared without a trace when the publisher folded. (Recently it was rediscovered by a descendant of the Washington family and was reissued under the title Mount Vernon Love Story. ) The experience, however, gave her the background and the preparation for writing Where Are the Children? which went on to become an international bestseller. That novel launched her career and was the first of twenty-seven (and still counting!) bestselling books of suspense. As Mary Higgins Clark has said when asked if she might consider giving up writing for a life of leisure, "Never! To be happy for a year, win the lottery. To be happy for life, love what you do. "In Kitchen Privileges, she reflects on the joy that her life as a writer has brought her, and shares with readers the love that she has found.
Acaso existe un lugar mejor que el hermoso y acogedor Stowe, en Vermont, para disfrutar de la nieve antes de las fiestas? No, desde luego. Sobre todo si te ha tocado el primer premio de la lotería. Y el hecho de que los responsables del Rockefeller Center estén allí para escoger el árbol que es, desde hace tiempo, el símbolo tradicional de la Navidad neoyorquina, lo convierte en un lugar doblemente ideal. Por eso Alvirah Meehan y su amiga Regan Reilly, con sus respectivas familias y Opal, una amiga de Alvirah, han decidido pasar allí el fin de semana.Packy Noonan, un artista del timo en prisión desde hace doce años, está disfrutando de un permiso de fin de semana y ha decidido no regresar a la cárcel. Tiene que recuperar el botín -un termo lleno de diamantes que escondió bajo un hermoso árbol. Pero al llegar allí descubre horrorizado que su árbol ha sido vendido al Rockefeller Center y será transportado a Nueva York a la mañana siguiente. Packy tiene que actuar... El lunes por la mañana, a punto ya de regresar a casa, Alvirah y Regan descubren que el árbol ha sido talado, y Opal ha desaparecido...Mary Higgins Clark, la reina del suspense, y su hija Carol, autora de novelas de misterio, han unido de nuevo sus plumas para crear un intrigante y divertido cuento de navidad.«Los fans de las novelas de misterio clásicas se divertirán con este remake contemporáneo de La aventura de los seis Napoleones, de Arthur Conan Doyle y su inefable Sherlock Holmes.»Publishers Weekly
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