Simon & Schuster
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Featuring: Emily Wallace
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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
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
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
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...
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
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.
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