Books by M.R. Henderson

VICTIM by M.R. Henderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"A pleasingly efficient proletarian Mary Higgins Clark damsel-in-distress without the well-upholstered trimmings."
Elizabeth Davies's life seems governed entirely by one rule: Things go from bad to worse. The husband who rescues her from an abusive father and a neglectful mother turns out to be a quarrelsome philanderer whose own father, small-town honcho Glen Husby, can't hide his contempt for his daughter-in-law. As she's on the point of asking for a divorce, Gil Husby is murdered. Liz's own testimony, along with that of Suzie Tustman, the wife of Gil's partner Jack, helps put away Rick March, the misfit she knew in high school, for the killing. But a year later, after Liz has beaten back the Husbys' attempt to grab custody of her eight-year-old daughter, Jenny, he's released on a technicality. Though Liz has moved to Los Angeles as Beth Davies, it's child's play for March to hop down from Pine Lake, where the local sheriff is examining the body of Suzie Tustman, to LA so that he can let himself into her apartment, dope out her habits, and follow her to the out-of-town house-sitting stint Los Angeles Times reporter Vince Norris has set up for her. Even before Jenny is snatched practically from under her mother's eyes, Henderson (The Killing Game, 1989, etc.) has planted enough doubts of March's guilt to make sharp-eyed readers watch every other man in Beth's life—and the final scenes will keep their gaze darting back and forth faster than the crowd at the Wimbledon final. Read full book review >
THE KILLING GAME by M.R. Henderson
Released: Feb. 22, 1989

Jeanne Donovan's welcome to L.A. quickly sours: hubby Glenn is hospitalized after a car accident, and then apartment-bound; the clearly disturbed super's son seems to be spying on her; her moody, brilliant, and ominously surly boss at Harvest Films taunts her; and the movie they're shooting, Dead Past, seems to have inspired the neighborhood serial killer, who's raping and stabbing hookers † la the movie script. The only bright spot is perfect neighbor Mark Bonner—who opens doors for Jeanne, chats up her husband, sells her a bargain car, and is ever on the spot when she needs help. Will Jeanne become the killer's next victim? Will cops Lopez and Parch save her? Many earnestly corny pages later, the killer will stalk Jeanne to a Griffith Park night-shoot, follow her home, abduct her, then proceed to act out the film's evil evening-picnic sequence—while husband Glenn interrogates the super's son, gleans A Clue, and alerts the cops, who track Jeanne and the fiend with a chopper and arrive in the nick. A drama-less melodrama, with surface only characters, no motivation to speak of, and a creepy, omnipresent aura of female exploitation. Read full book review >