Author Mary Higgins Clark dies aged 92

Author Mary Higgins Clark dies aged 92

Mary Higgins Clark, the best-selling author who has been named the 'queen of suspense' by Amazon and women's magazines, has died.

The Connecticut-based writer died on Tuesday in Manhattan. She was 92.

Clark had a stable career as a lawyer for women's advocacy, for which she was the first female partner of the firm of Durfee, Earle & Clark.

'During the four decades I worked there, I devoted much of my time to training attorneys for the law of women's equality and improving women's day-to-day lives,' Clark wrote in a 2006 essay for the New York Times.

Mary Higgins Clark, the best-selling author who has been named the 'queen of suspense' by Amazon and women's magazines, has died

The Frank Sinatra-singing Clark wrote more than 50 novels including the 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 'My Sweet Charlie.'

It is considered one of the best examples of the serialized novel.

Her other novels include 'River Run' (1996), 'A Few Words of Mischief' (1983), 'The Royal Affair' (1976), 'Go Ask Alice' (1983), 'All That I Love,' and 'Diligent Vengeance' (1995).

Her works also included the classic 'Presumed Innocent' and other suspense novels, the two Miss Kringle- series featuring Rosa Kringle (1996-1999), and 'Six Weeks Before Christmas,' about an all-girl troupe of entertainers travelling to Budapest.

Clark's first book, 'Hard Hearted Souls,' was published in 1960, but her career really took off with 'My Sweet Charlie,' which was published in 1975.

She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 2009.

In a 2009 interview with the Associated Press, Clark likened writing to swimming upstream.

'Once you're in the water, you have to beat your way upstream,' she said. 'You have to get past your own senses and judgment, which is a little like writing. ... After you feel like the water is drowning you, you get dizzy and you start to feel a little tired. You begin to drift back.'

Mary Higgins Clark, the bestselling author who has been named the 'queen of suspense' by Amazon and women's magazines, has died at the age of 92

Cindy Holland, a close friend, said Clark died with her husband, Jack Grubman, and a close family friend, her son Dave, at her side in New York on Tuesday morning.

Holland said that the two had been planning to get together for her 87th birthday two weeks from now and had been "very excited and looking forward to it.

'They were a wonderful couple who loved each other and were very close together,' she said.

She said Grubman, a lawyer who was part of the former law firm of Durfee, Earle & Clark, was 'knew how much she loved him.

He supported her a lot because she supported him.'

Holland described Clark as 'a beautiful, radiant woman with the spirit of a lion.'

Clark retired from Durfee, Earle & Clark in 1990 and for the past 15 years lived in Manhattan with her husband.

After this week's death, they were staying at her home in Mansfield, Connecticut, Holland said.

As a writer, there was nothing more thrilling for her than seeing 'hot lines' take action,' Holland said.

As a lawyer, there was nothing more thrilling for her than seeing 'hot lines' take action,' her close friend, Cindy Holland, said. Pictured: Clark in 2016

'She loved when police were willing to act on the information that she had given them.'

Author Linda Fairstein has said Clark was the first woman in her field to acquire the complete manuscript rights to a first novel.

'She has used her fame, brilliantly, to advance the fight for women's equality, to protect the most vulnerable, and to build bridges between our species,' Fairstein said.

After her retirement from Durfee, Earle & Clark, the 67-year-old law school graduate took a short leave of absence from the firm before she took the job as a public defender.

She returned in 1993 and worked in a public defender's office in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

'Mary's kindness, humility and wisdom have helped me in many ways throughout my life,' said Basil Nossek, the assistant public defender who hired her in 1993.

He described her as 'well liked by everyone.'


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