Reviews for Daddy's Gone a Hunting


Kirkus Reviews 2013 April #1
Clark follows a complicated family mystery in this familiar story of individuals caught up in past misdeeds and present tragedies. As sisters, Kate and Hannah Connelly couldn't be more unalike: One is tall, blonde and good with numbers, the other, short with charcoal brown hair, is a budding fashion designer. But the two sisters share more than simply the bond that comes with being siblings--they have a father who is distant, self-absorbed and disinterested in their concerns. The three are tied together by virtue of the family business, which produces high-quality antique reproductions. When the quality of the products and orders fall off, the girls pressure their father, who wants to be called by his first name, Doug, to sell out. He refuses, despite their best efforts. Then, one night, the complex explodes, killing a former employee and landing Kate in the hospital, unconscious and fighting for her life. Clark then trots out the current plant manager; the widow and daughter of the dead man; two fire marshals, along with the wife of one of them; a woman whose daughter disappeared after moving to New York City in order to become an actress and her son, who is a lawyer; the family of a college student who was murdered two years earlier; a retired police detective; Hannah's best friend; and a plethora of other characters, all of whom are described down to their dental work. Also figuring heavily in the plot is a long-ago accident in which a boat driven by Doug Connelly sank and killed his wife, Susan, and his brother and the aftereffects of the Vietnam War. While the two fire marshals inexplicably continue to follow a case that spreads to include not simply arson, but other, more serious crimes that are not related to the explosion, the other characters find their lives and fates converging. Too many characters and too much extraneous information pad this lackluster tale that will resonate with Clark die-hards but won't bring new converts to the fold. Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Library Journal Express Reviews
Kate and Hannah Connelly are no strangers to tragedy. Twenty-eight years ago, a boating accident killed their mother and uncle and injured their father. They were raised by their father, who owned the family antiques furniture reproduction plant and museum, but as the sisters reached adulthood and thrived as independent career women, their father's personal life and business ventures spiraled out of control. Tragedy revisits the Connelly sisters when Kate makes a clandestine visit to her father's business at 4:30 a.m. and is caught in a fiery explosion that lands her in a coma. Kate quickly becomes the prime suspect of attempted arson at her father's floundering business. As the story unfolds, additional layers, clues, and twists emerge that hint that the destruction of the furniture plant is much more than an open-and-shut arson case. Verdict Clark still delivers a delicious mystery after a 40-year reign as the prolific queen of suspense. Her tautly interwoven story lines, colorful characters, and suspenseful twists will enthrall mystery and fiction readers. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/12.]--Mary Todd Chesnut, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 March #3

This slight novel from MWA Grand Master Clark (The Lost Years) shows her in less than top form as she unabashedly piles on coincidences. An early morning explosion that rocks Long Island City, N.Y.'s Connelly Fine Antique Reproductions kills Gus Schmidt, a disgruntled former employee, and leaves Kate Connelly, the owner's eldest daughter, unconscious and seriously injured. Why Kate and Gus were at the site is one question disturbing Hannah Connelly, Kate's younger sister. Complications abound for the financially troubled company, its owner, and plant manager Jack Worth. Also figuring in the unwieldy plot are homeless Vietnam vet Clyde Hotchkiss; aspiring actress Tracey Sloane, who's been missing almost 28 years; and the unsolved murder two years earlier of Jamie Gordon, a Barnard senior with a social conscience. Clark strains credulity and fails to achieve much suspense as she tries to pull all these elements together before the hoary resolution. This one is for devoted Clark fans only. (Apr.)

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Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews

This slight novel from MWA Grand Master Clark (The Lost Years) shows her in less than top form as she unabashedly piles on coincidences. An early morning explosion that rocks Long Island City, N.Y.'s Connelly Fine Antique Reproductions kills Gus Schmidt, a disgruntled former employee, and leaves Kate Connelly, the owner's eldest daughter, unconscious and seriously injured. Why Kate and Gus were at the site is one question disturbing Hannah Connelly, Kate's younger sister. Complications abound for the financially troubled company, its owner, and plant manager Jack Worth. Also figuring in the unwieldy plot are homeless Vietnam vet Clyde Hotchkiss; aspiring actress Tracey Sloane, who's been missing almost 28 years; and the unsolved murder two years earlier of Jamie Gordon, a Barnard senior with a social conscience. Clark strains credulity and fails to achieve much suspense as she tries to pull all these elements together before the hoary resolution. This one is for devoted Clark fans only. (Apr.)

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