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The Second Time Around    by Mary Higgins Clark order for
Second Time Around
by Mary Higgins Clark
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Simon & Schuster, 2003 (2003)
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* *   Reviewed by Kim Atchue-Cusella

Nicholas Spencer was perfecting a vaccine for cancer when his plane crashed and he was presumed dead. Two weeks after the accident, it's in the news that the vaccine doesn't work and millions of dollars are missing from Gen-Stone, the company that Spencer headed. Naturally Gen-Stone begins to fold.

Spencer's wife Lynn is Carley De Carlo's stepsister. Lynn asks Carley to prove that she was not involved, and the latter agrees after Lynn's New York home is torched. She joins a team writing a story about Nicholas Spencer. When their investigation takes them to the town where Nicholas grew up, they discover that someone took the early experiments. Is Nicholas really dead or did he fake it? Marty Bikorsky, heartbroken by his daughter's diagnosis of cancer, talked to Nicholas about the vaccine, but the girl seems destined to die. Marty, who takes midnight rides, finds himself the main suspect in the Spencer Mansion arson. Charles Wallingford and Adrian Garner were ready to market the vaccine when everything fell out from under them. Nicholas's personal assistant Vivian seems to know more than her job description requires. Ned, who lost his wife Annie in an accident and blames it on the Gen-Stone scandal, is out for revenge.

Mary Higgins Clark lives up to her Queen of Suspense role, shifting her spotlight across a variety of colorful characters as potential guilty parties. Did someone fudge the experiments to make it look like the vaccine doesn't work or did Nicholas put too much confidence in it? Second Time Around is a mystery for those who love reading on the edge of their seats. You won't know what really happened until the very end.

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