The Cradle Will Fall Author:Mary Higgins Clark Mary Higgins Clark is the acknowledged master of suspense lurking behind the facade of ordinary livs. Not since her own triumphant best seller, A Stranger is Watching, has a novel taken the reader so instantly and compellingly into the world of sudden terror. It's heroine is Katie DeMaio, a bright, ambitious, attractive young prosecutor in a s... more »mall New Jersey town, recently widowed. A driving accident brings her to Westlake Hospital with minor injuries, where she see - or thinks she sees - a familiar figure carrying a coman's body to his car in the middle of the night . .
When the woman is found dead in her bed the next day and declared a suicide, Katie determines to find out the truth, and soon uncovers the hidden scandals and fears in the lives of a number of people who seem, on the surface, to be solid, respectable citizens, amont them -
- Chris Lewis, the husband of the dead woman, who seems to be somewhat less than grief-stricken at his wife's death, and who may be having an affair with another woman . . .
-Edna Burns, a good-hearted spinster who works in the hospital and who may have accidentally discovered a secret that puts her own life in jeopardy . . .
- Richard Carroll, the handsome young coroner, who takes a very personal interest in Katie's welfare . . .
- Dr. Edgar Highley, the distinguished obstetrician and fertility expert, who seems to be able to perform miracles for some of his patients, but whose secretive manner may conceal something more sinister than a concern for life and birth . . .
- Dr. Jiro Fukhito, his associate, who seems to have something serious in his past to hide . . .
With brilliant skill, Mary Higgins Clark weaves the frightening story of a medical conspiracy that must be hidden at all costs, perhaps even that of murder. It builds toward a climax of overpowering intensity, as Kate herself, again a patient in the hospital for routine operation, finds herself both the hunted and the hunter . . .« less