Huguette Clark book deal for reporter, Clark cousin

The fate of Huguette Clark’s $400 million estate still appears in to-be-determined mode, but a book deal chronicling the reclusive heiress’ life has now been inked:

A nonfiction book on the mysterious heiress Huguette Clark and her family is being written by an reporter and one of Clark’s cousins.

Ballantine Bantam Dell, a division of Random House Publishing Group, has acquired “Empty Mansions: The True Saga of the Copper King W.A. Clark, the Reclusive Heiress Huguette, and Their American Family of Wealth, Scandal and Mystery,” by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.

Bill Dedman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for who introduced the public to heiress Huguette Clark and her empty mansions through his series of narratives on and NBC’s TODAY Show. He lives in suburban Connecticut, where he discovered the first of Clark’s three vacant palaces. His narratives on the Clark family have been the most popular story in the history of, topping 100 million page views.

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Book coming on reclusive heiress Huguette Clark and her family
February 2, 2012

Bill Dedman has provided in-depth coverage on the Clark estate case – real investigative reporting that sadly isn’t much seen in today’s American journalistic landscape.  Estate of Denial® will certainly look forward to the book release.

The disposition of Clark’s estate remains in question.  On December 23, 2011, attorney Wallace “Wally” Bock and accountant Irving Kamsler were suspended from overseeing the late Huguette Clark’s $400 million estate.  We’ll keep you posted as new information becomes available.