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Hide yourself away
Clark, Mary Jane Behrends.
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New York : Audio Renaissance, [2004]

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With New York Times bestselling author Mary Jane Clark, every word is a clue - and Hide Yourself Away more than delivers the pacing and suspense her growing legion of fans have come to expect

Being a KEY To America intern may be hazardous to your health. But even when one is nearly killed in an accident and another disappears, this year's crop of hopefuls are oblivious to the menace. Grace Callahan arrives in Newport for a weeklong broadcast from"America's First Resort," determined to launch a future in television journalism. The KEY interns have been told that at the end of the summer one of them will get a full-time job. As their number dwindles, Grace must face the realdanger that lurks in an otherwise idyllic town. But can she uncover a murderer who does not want the secrets - those lying buried beneath the city's fabled mansions - to come to light?


Grace Callahan is one of four interns jockeying for a full time gig with KEY to America, a national news show. But the 32-year-old single mother might be over her head when her coworkers are picked off one-by-one by a serial killer. More worried about her safety rather than her career, Grace sets out to find the culprit before it is too late.

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Mary Jane Clark spent three decades at CBS News' New York City headquarters where she began her career as a desk assistant after graduating with degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Rhode Island. She worked her way through the ranks to become a producer and writer. she is the author of the successful series: Key News and Piper Donovan.

Her novels include: Do You Want to Know a Secret? Do You Promise Not to Tell? Let Me Whisper in Your Ear, Close to You, Nobody Knows, Nowhere to Run, Hide Yourself Away, Dancing in the Dark, Lights Out Tonight, When Day Breaks, It Only Takes a Moment, Dying for Mercy, To Have and to Kill, The Look of Love and Footprints in the Sand. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This plodding seventh thriller in Clark's popular KEY News series is distinguished chiefly by the author's insider perspective on major network TV. Grace Callahan, 32-year-old divorced single mom, is the oldest (and by far the neediest) of four TV interns competing for a permanent spot on the crew of KEY to America, a major network news show, when the team departs to do a weeklong remote broadcast from historic Newport, R.I. Forced to leave her 11-year-old daughter, Lucy, in the care of her philandering ex-husband and his Barbie doll wife (who are suing for full custody), Grace develops a crush on her producer, B.J. D'Elia, and feels drably inferior to fellow intern Joss Vickers, super-chic daughter of a wealthy Newport family. The story is kicked into motion by the discovery of the skeleton of a socialite who disappeared 14 years before in an old Underground Railroad tunnel ("a human skull and bones, swaddled in yards of gold lame"), and the number of suspects and clues (smelly red herrings) rapidly proliferate to include a sleazy local scrimshander, a tattoo artist and a clambake master-all this before Grace's fellow interns begin to fall victim to the paranoid murderer. Even Clark's most faithful fans will be fatigued by the repetitive soap opera plot, which wears on and on until virtually everyone is suspect. Agent, Laura Dail. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

It shouldn't have been like this for Grace Callahan. She was supposed to be an established news reporter by the time she was in her thirties. Instead, she took the path of a young mother, and now, without a husband and with an 11-year-old daughter, Lucy, she's finally finishing college. Grace lands an internship with KEY News, and though she's older than her peers, she plans to do whatever it takes to land a full-time position. An out-of-town assignment investigating human remains found in what used to be an Underground Railroad tunnel seems just the thing to test her skills as a reporter, but Grace isn't sure she can outsmart a cutthroat fellow intern. Meanwhile, her estranged husband is threatening to sue for sole custody of Lucy, and she fears that her widowed father can't handle the job of being Lucy's full-time nanny. Clark, herself a CBS news producer, knows the ins and outs of a broadcast newsroom, and she gives the setting plenty of verisimilitude. A nice mix of mystery and domestic drama. --Mary Frances Wilkens Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

More suspense at KEY-TV from television news producer Clark. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



PROLOGUE He wanted to have the light on, but she was just as glad that wasn't a possibility. Any illumination coming from the playhouse windows would beckon one of the staff to come and investigate. He also wanted to have some music playing and had brought along his cassette player, but she insisted on silence. They couldn't risk the noise traveling out into the soft, night air. The only undulating rhythm coming from within the cottage this night would be the slow, steady rocking of their bodies. She lay on her back on the wrought-iron daybed, thinking of the youngsters who had napped on the mattress. She strained at every cricket's chirp and skunk's mournful whine from the field outside. She wondered if there were animals in the condemned tunnel that ran beneath the playhouse. She hoped not, since that was their predetermined escape route should they ever need it. She was having a difficult time letting herself go. He was having no such problem. He was well into things. It was just as he was becoming frenzied that she heard the voice outside the cottage. "Good Lord, it's Charlotte," she hissed as she pushed him away. They scrambled to collect their clothes. He grabbed his cassette player as she slid aside the wooden panel in the floor. Into the darkness they lowered themselves, sliding the trapdoor shut just as the playhouse door above them opened. The cold, hard dirt floor of the tunnel pressed against their bare feet. "What are you waiting for?" he whispered. "Let's go." "I'm getting dressed right here," she said. God only knew what was in this tunnel, and she would feel a h ell of a lot better if she were clothed as they made their way to the water at the other end. n0 They sorted their clothes by feel and dressed in the blackness as muffled voices came from above. "Who's that with her?" he asked. "I can't tell." Slowly they began to walk, arms outstretched to the tunnel walls, feeling their way out to safety. She stifled a scream as she felt something brush her leg. A raccoon? A rat? God was punishing her for her sinfulness. Eventually, the waters of Narragansett Bay glistened from the opening at the end of the tunnel. They stepped up their pace, the moon providing scant but precious light. As they reached their goal, he stopped. "Crap." "What's wrong?" "My wallet. It must have slipped out of my pants pocket." "Oh, sweet Jesus." He grabbed her hand. "Don't worry, let's keep going. Maybe they won't see it." "I'm going back for it." She was adamant. "Tomorrow. You can get it tomorrow," he urged. She wished she could follow him out, but she knew she wouldn't sleep all night knowing that his wallet might give them away. "You go ahead. Go home," she said. "I'll go back with you," he offered. "No. You have to get off the property. They can't know you were here. You have to go. Now." "All right, but I'll see you tomorrow." She swallowed as she watched him dart along the shoreline and disappear into the darkness. Taking a deep, resolute breath, she turned and stepped back inside, feeling gingerly against the side of the tunnel. Her fingers brushed against the hard-packed dirt and old brick, cold and clammy to the touch. She imagined what it must have been like for the slaves, running for their lives through this tunnel, inhaling deep breaths of the damp, musty smell that filled her nostrils now. Had they had lanterns to light their way? Or had they tapped blindly along in the blackness, not knowing what was in front of them but willing to risk it, knowing only what horrors they had left behind? When she estimated she must surely be close to the ladder that led up to the playhouse, her hand receded into a large indentation in the wall. Pieces of earth broke away as she pushed against it. Her pulse quickened. Was the old tunnel safe? Could it collapse and trap her inside? Would anyone ever find her? She prayed. If she got out of this one, she vowed she would never, ever go to the playhouse again. No matter how much he wanted her to, this was the last time. She promised. She pushed on, sniffling quietly in the darkness. Until she tripped over something and fell to her knees. Her breath came in short, terrified pants, her heart pumped against her chest wall as her hand groped over the form. It was covered with a smooth fabric of some sort, and it was large and intractable. A human body, still warm, but lifeless. She had had this feeling before, but only occasionally, in dreams. The urge, the ache, the need to scream, but somehow being frozen, unable to utter a sound. She pushed back from the body and cowered against the tunnel wall, trembling in the darkness. Later, she would realize that she had been there for only moments, but then it seemed an eternity, the terrified thoughts spinning through her mind. She should go get help. She should summon people from the big house. But she couldn't. She wasn't supposed to have been here at all, and she was mortified at the thought of having to explain her forbidden tryst. And, even worse, what if they blamed her? What if they thought she had committed murder? She was rocking on her haunches, trying to soothe herself, when she heard the grating sound. The door was sliding open overhead. She clamped her eyes tight, sure that this was the end. The murderer was coming to get her too. Instead, something fluttered from above, hitting her head, grazing her face. A piece of paper? A card? She listened, shaking but undetected, as the door slid closed again. pard "Fourteen Years Later" The mining lamps that dotted the tunnel were powered by a generator, but that was one of the few nods to technology. The work was being done painstakingly, by hand. Just as the tunnel had been dug more than a century and a half before, human beings, not machines, scraped the clay and mortared the old red bricks now. Special care was being taken, inch by inch, foot by foot, to make sure that the walls were sturdy and firm. When the job was completed, thousands of tourists and historians and students would have the opportunity for the first time to walk the path American slaves had trod on their desperate flight to freedom. This tunnel had to be safe. "We've got a soft spot here," called an expert mason, his words echoing against the walls of the underground passage. The trowel tapped against the soft, red clay. Clumps of earth fell to the tunnel floor. The indentation in the wall grew larger. The burrowing continued, revealing folds of material embedded in the clay, discolored and shredded by dirt and time. Still, some metallic threads managed to glitter in the light of the mining lamps. Gently, the mason brushed away the clay, following the trail of golden fabric. The other workers in the tunnel gathered to watch the digging, and when they saw it they were grateful that they were all together. No one would have wanted to find such a thing alone. A human skull and bones, swaddled in yards of gold lame. FRIDAY JULY 16 CHAPTER ONE She was the oldest one. As Grace studied the college students positioned throughout the bustling newsroom this morning, she was keenly aware of the chasm that separated her from the other interns. At least a decade loomed between her and the best and the brightest she watched leaning against the tops of borrowed desks, scanning computer screens, and chatting it up with the so-inclined members of the morning news program staff. The interns were well educated, eager, ambitious, and rued Grace, so very young. 'Their whole life's ahead of them,' Grace observed as she watched one coed cross her long, tanned legs and somehow manage not to expose herself fully beneath a shamelessly short skirt. They're all on track for promising futures, poised to graduate from esteemed colleges and universities, already building their resumes in order to land that first paying television news job. Unencumbered, they're able to pursue their dreams. They have no personal baggage to tote along as they enter the workforce. They can go anywhere, do anything, accept any assignment, footloose and fancy free. Grace Wiley Callahan well knew that was not her lot. Her slate was not as clean. She had history and responsibilities. At thirty-two years old, Grace had experienced morning sickness, marriage, motherhood, and divorce, in that order. When she was the age that these kids were, she had already tucked away the dream of a graduation ceremony, withdrawing from Fordham thirty credits short. In fact, when graduation day dawned for her friends, Grace pushed Lucy's stroller onto the college quad to watch as the diplomas were handed out. The graduates' shouts of joy were drowned out for Grace by her baby daughter's colicky cries. Eleven years since then, and now Lucy was entering the sixth grade and Grace had already discovered fine crow's-feet at the corners of her brown eyes and the first few gray strands in her honey-colored hair. She had resolutely plucked them out the day she was notified that she had been accepted into this coveted internship program. She was getting a second chance and resolved to make it count, finally earning her degree and determined to make the most of the extraordinary opportunity at KEY News world headquarters in New York City. She was also excited about the prospect of next week's trip to Newport, Rhode Island, for "KEY to America's" weeklong location broadcasts from the seaside resort, although fully aware that none of the other interns had to worry about the child they were leaving behind. Not for a minute, of course, would Grace regret having Lucy. No, that was the best thing she had ever done, would ever do. Marrying Frank--now that was a different story. Frank had initially wanted nothing to do with a child when Grace found her self pregnant in the spring of her junior year. But Grace had refused to terminate the pregnancy. She was determined to have her baby, with Frank or without him. Grace gazed down at her ringless left hand and recalled how Frank had eventually, grudgingly come around. The handsome, athletic, senior business major Frank Callahan, urged by his parents to do the "right thing," ultimately proposed. With trepidation, Grace accepted, knowing they weren't starting their marriage under optimal circumstances but hoping for the best. When Lucy was born five months after the hastily planned wedding ceremony, Grace and Frank brought the baby home to a small, basement apartment in Hoboken, New Jersey. Frank dutifully took the tube into lower Manhattan each morning to his first real job at a brokerage firm while Grace stayed home with the baby and tried to pick up some freelance reporting assignments for the local newspaper, covering town council meetings and night court sessions. But as Frank's responsibilities at the firm increased, he didn't want the added pressure of rushing home at night to be with Lucy while Grace went to work. He was making more, they could afford a bigger, better apartment, Gracie didn't have to work at that podunk newspaper. She went along, and one year followed another. Grace spent her time raising and loving her little girl, trying not to dwell on the repercussions of her marriage to Frank. As she watched the news on television, she tried not to pine for what might have been if she had finished school and followed her plan to work in broadcast journalism. As time went on, after Lucy was tucked in bed at night, Grace found herself watching more and more of the prime-time newsmagazine shows, alone, dreading Frank's moodiness and anger and the perfumed scents that lingered on his clothing when he came home late after "business dinners." Still, Grace stayed. For Lucy's sake, she told herself. For Lucy, she would stay in the marriage. Her child would not come from a broken home. Lucy deserved to have two parents living with her and raising her in the same place. No, Grace would stick it out. She would not leave. Instead, Frank left her. "Grace, would you mind faxing a copy of this tentative schedule to Professor Gordon Cox in Newport?" The producer-cameraman B.J. D'Elia held out the typed itinerary. "I know it's grunt work," he apologized, "but if I don't get out of here, I'm going to miss my train to Rhode Island." "That's what I'm here for," she replied, taking the paper from him. She didn't relish the grunt work part especially, but she knew that trust was established bit by bit. Do the small things well now and they would trust you with the bigger things later. "You're coming up tomorrow, right, Grace?" "Yes." "Can I ask you to do me another favor?" B.J. didn't wait for her answer. He was holding out a sheet of yellow lined paper. "Put together a short research package on scrimshaw and tattoos. We are doing a segment with a scrimshander and, perhaps, a tattoo artist, and we'll need to have some questions for Constance to ask during the interviews. Don't go overboard," he continued. "Just enough to cover the bases, and fax me what you come up with. The fax number at our newsroom at the Viking is on the paper." "No problem," answered Grace as she took the information from him and noticed his strong, tanned hands. "Thanks, Grace. Thanks a lot." He flashed a smile revealing white, even teeth and leaned closer. "I'll let you in on a secret. This is my first remote as a producer, and I'm a little nervous." "Really? I thought you were an old hand at this." "Nope. I've been a cameraman and editor here for six years, and at local television stations for years before that. But just a few months ago they made me a producer as well. That's the wave of the present, you know. Hyphenates. You gotta do two or three jobs for the price of one if you want to stick around a place like this." Grace was a bit envious. She figured B.J. to be about her age, maybe a couple of years older, and yet here he was, well established in his career. She wondered if he was married and had a wife who stayed home with his child while he was carving out his place in the world. Somehow, she thought not. Not only because there was no ring, but because she just had the indefinable sense that he was available. You never knew, though. There were guys who acted unattached when out in the workforce, when in reality they had families depending on them. Frank was one of those guys. Watching B.J.'s lanky frame as he walked back to his desk, Grace found herself hoping that he was not like her former husband. Copyright (c) 2004 by Mary Jane Clark Excerpted from Hide Yourself Away by Mary Jane Clark All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.