The Anastasia Syndrome and Other Stories Author:Mary Higgins Clark Here is the first collection ever of short fiction from Mary Higgins Clark. America's reigning queen of romantic suspense-a book which reflects the author's intense personal interest in parapsychology, the sixth sense, and through transference, and which is sure to thrill her fans and further confirm her reputation as a spellbinding storyteller... more ».
From her debut, with "Where Are the Children?", to her latest best-seller, "While My Pretty One Sleeps", Marry Higgins Clark's masterly blend of glamour, romance, and heart-pounding believable suspense has made her one of America's most popular novelist.
All the qualities which have earned her a large, devoted following are represented brilliantly in "The Anastasia Syndrome". In the title novella, inspired by the true story of Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of the Russian Czar, a woman in love is forced to confront the demons of her past- and present- as a haunting sense of deja vu inexorable draws her toward the appalling truth about a wave of terrosist bombings.
The remaining for stories in the collection are all miniature masterpieces of suspense that probe the inner secrets of the human mind. A supernatural phenomenon accurs in "Double Vision", a nightmarish thriller about twin sisters stalked by a psychopath. Obessive love is the theme of "Terro Stalks the Class Reunion," a story which draws much of its verisimilitude from Mary Higgins Clark's fascination with actual criminal trials. "The Lost Angel" is tender Christmas story well on its way to becoming a classic. And "ucky Day," a twisty tale of love, death and a lottery jackpot, has been compared to O. Henry's masterpiece, "The Gift of the Magi."« less