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Laura Lippman’s suspense novel ‘Dream Girl’ takes its cue from Stephen King

Washington Post
 2021-07-10

Cover picture for the articleYears ago, I interviewed Mary Higgins Clark, “the queen of suspense,” onstage in the District. One moment has always stayed with me from that night. Near the end of our conversation, Clark turned to the audience and asked: “If you were alone in an isolated house on a dark and stormy night, what’s the most frightening sound you might hear? The crowd began shouting suggestions: “A scream!” “Footsteps!” “Maniacal laughter!” Clark finally held her hands up and announced the answer: “The sound of a toilet flushing.”

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