The Christmas Thief by Mary Higgins Clark
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Mary Higgins Clark, America's Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling mystery writer Carol Higgins Clark, have again joined forces to create a suspenseful and humorous holiday tale.
Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, teams up with private investigator Regan Reilly to solve another Christmas mystery. In Deck the Halls, they rescued Regan's kidnapped father. This time they get in the middle of a case involving a beautiful eighty-foot blue spruce that has been chosen to spend the holidays as Rockefeller Center's famous Christmas tree. The folks who picked the tree don't have a clue that attached to one of its branches is a flask chock-full of priceless diamonds that Packy Noonan, a scam artist just released from prison, had hidden there over twelve years ago.
An excited Packy breaks his parole and heads to Stowe, Vermont, to reclaim his loot. Once there, he is horrified to discover that his special tree will be heading to New York City the next morning. With a bumbling crew consisting of Jo-Jo, Benny, and an unsuccessful poet, Milo, he knows he has to act fast.
What Packy does not know is that Alvirah and Regan are on a weekend trip to Stowe with Alvirah's husband, Willy; Regan's fiancé, Jack; Regan's parents, Luke and Nora; and Alvirah's friend Opal, a lottery winner who lost all her winnings in Packy's scam. On Monday morning when they're supposed to head home, they learn that the tree is missing, Packy Noonan may be in the vicinity, and Opal has disappeared.
From two of America's beloved storytellers, The Christmas Thief is filled with suspense, comic characters, and holiday cheer, and is sure to delight its readers.

About Mary Higgins Clark

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Mary Higgins Clark nació en Nueva York y cursó estudios en la Universidad de Fordham. Está considerada una de las más destacadas autoras del género de intriga, y sus obras alcanzan invariablemente los primeros puestos en las listas de bestsellers internacionales. Entre su ingente producción destacan, entre otras, El último adiós, No puedo olvidar tu rostro, Un extraño acecha, Por siempre mía , Pálida como la luna, Noche de paz, Testigo en la sombra, La estrella robada, La fuerza del engaño , En defensa propia, Dos niñas vestidas de azul y La misma canción.
Published November 9, 2004 by Simon & Schuster. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Having promised his younger brother that the horse will be his Christmas gift this year, Johnny is crushed to find that the horse is missing.

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Unbeknownst to the tree's owners, its branches contain millions of dollars' worth of diamonds, secreted there more than a decade earlier by con man Packy Noonan to conceal the proceeds of an investment scam.

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Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter Carol Higgins Clark have the Rockefeller Center tree at the center of their third holiday suspense novel.

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In this latest holiday suspense from the mother-daughter team behind Deck the Halls, Mary Higgins Clark's junior sleuth Alvirah Meehan teams with Carol Higgins Clark's PI Regan Reilly to learn the whereabouts of Packy Noonan — a convicted swindler who's released from the pokey and immediately h...

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Deck the Halls and The Christmas Thief brings us the first collaboration by well-known authors Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter Carol Higgins Clark.

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Packy Noonan is a natural born con artist who is able to talk people into investing over 100 million in his phony shipping company.

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