Book Review

BAIT
by Karen Robards

Genre: Romantic Suspense, General Romantic Suspense

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For Maddie Fitzgerald, tomorrow's presentation could spell success for her fledgling advertising agency. Maddie and employee Jon Carter are in New Orleans to pitch a proposal to a pet-food manufacturer. But the night before their meeting, Maddie is assaulted and
nearly killed in her hotel room.

FBI agent Sam McCabe and his partner, E.P. Wynne, have been chasing
a murderous ghost all across the country. This killer calls Sam and gives oblique clues, though never enough for them to save the intended victim. This time they may have caught a break. Two Maddie Fitzgeralds stayed at the Holiday Inn; one is dead and the other successfully fought off the killer.

Though she's relieved to be alive, Maddie doesn't want to get involved
with the FBI. But Sam is one determined man, and he may be right in assuming that the killer will be back to finish the job. Maddie has spent a long time building a new life far away from the violence and danger of her past; is it now about to come crashing down?

Using her patented blend of humor, drama, passion and suspense, Robards aces another novel. Maddie and Sam are two extremely likeable and compelling characters, which makes this a love affair worth rooting for. Terrific as always. (Jul., 352 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Putnam

Published: July 2004

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4.5 Stars

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Bait

Submitted by Robin in PA on August 13, 2010 - 9:01pm.

FBI Special Agent Sam McCabe is tracking a serial killer who leaves one-word clues to the identity of his next victim. When the next clue is the name "Madeline", the search for the next victim starts. But, they're too late. In a New Orleans hotel, a woman named Madeline Fitzgerald has been murdered. But, surprisingly, there is a second woman with the exact same name staying at the hotel too. This Maddie was attacked in the middle of the night and somehow got away from the killer. In order for Sam to figure out which Maddie was the target, he needs to use her for bait to entice the serial killer out of hiding.

This is romantic suspense at it's best. Maddie doesn't trust the FBI because of things in her past and really thinks she can handle the whole situation on her own. Of course, Sam knows that isn't possible and pledges to keep her safe. Good twist as to the identity of the killer. My rating: 5 Stars.