Swallow the Hook

Swallow the Hook


The folks of remote, mountainous Trout Run, New York, are shocked when Mary Pat Sheehan's body is found in her crashed car. They're even more stunned when an autopsy reveals it wasn't the crash that killed her -- but complications from childbirth. No one even knew that cheerful, reliable, and unmarried Mary Pat was pregnant. In a town where everyone knows everyone's business, how did she hide her pregnancy? Where is her baby? And who is the father?

These daunting questions lead Police Chief Frank Bennett into the shadowy world of black market adoption scams, where panicked young women and desperate, childless couples play a high-stakes game. to prevent another tragedy, Frank must unravel a tangle of family secrets and unlikely alliances. But stepping closer to the truth puts Frank squarely in a killer's sights. Because when greed and love both fuel the fire, everyone gets burned.
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  • Gallery Books | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451623482 | 
  • October 2010
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Chapter 1

The door of the Stop'N'Buy wouldn't budge.

Yet the market was clearly open for business. Frank Bennett could see people inside, partly obscured by the promotion signs, beer posters, and garage sale flyers plastered on the windows and door. With another impatient push, he felt the door yield slightly. When he finally got it open wide enough to squeeze his wiry body through, he found himself smack up against the well-padded posterior of Edith Marsden.

She brought up the rear of a line that stretched from the cash register, past the ice-cream cooler, snaking around the chip-and-dip display, to end right inside the... see more

About the Author

S.W. Hubbard
Photo Credit: Neil Seiffer

S.W. Hubbard

S.W. Hubbard, an avid hiker and canoeist, has spent many happy hours exploring the High Peaks area of the Adirondacks, where her family built a vacation home on the banks of the West Branch of the Ausable River. She has worked for more than twenty years as a marketing promotions writer and lives in Morristown, New Jersey, with her husband, two children, and cat. Take the Bait, her debut mystery featuring Police Detective Frank Bennett, was published by Pocket Books.




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