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CBS News producer, author to speak at Forensic Science Partnership series on Oct. 14

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 3, 2005 -- Mary Jane Behrends Clark, a CBS News producer and best-selling suspense novelist, will speak at the University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Partnership series Friday, Oct. 14.

Clark’s presentation, “Forensics and Fiction: A Little Knowledge Can be a Dangerous Thing,” will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room 124 of Pastore Hall on the Kingston campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In 1976, after Clark graduated from URI with degrees in political science and journalism, she moved to New York City to begin her career as a desk assistant at CBS News. In the early 1990s her son was diagnosed with Fragile X, the most common form of genetically transferred mental retardation. In need of a creative outlet, she began writing media-thriller suspense novels. Her first book, “Do You Want to Know a Secret?” was published in 1998. She has since written eight novels published in 22 languages.

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather calls Clark, “one of the most exciting novelists in America,” and Booklist says, “Clark has perfected the suspense novel, where in classic Christie fashion, everyone is a potential suspect.”

The resident of Hillsdale, N.J., is the 2005 URI Alumni Achievement Award winner for her contribution to Humanities.