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Title:
Bait
Author:
Robards, Karen.
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Publication Information:
Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, [2004]

â„—2004
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11 audio discs (approximately 13 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Unabridged.

Compact discs.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781593558604
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Audiobook on CD

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Summary

It's a business trip that takes attorney Maddie Fitzgerald down to New Orleans, but it's hardly business as usual when a man breaks into her hotel room and tries to kill her. Barely escaping with her life, the sexy, stylish thirty-two-year-old brunette calls the police and finds herself face-to-face with FBI agent Sam McCabe. Unnerved by his questions -- and his good looks -- Maddie is told she's been targeted by a hired killer, one who has eluded McCabe for years. Apparently, she's been mistaken for another woman, an FBI informant of the same name who was also staying at the hotel that night. McCabe grills her, and then disappears. Shaken, she finishes her business and returns home to St. Louis. But days later, Maddie is attacked a second time, and again McCabe returns to question her. He convinces her that the only way she'll ever be safe again is if the killer is caught, and the quickest way to nab him is to use her as bait. Maddie reluctantly agrees, and sparks fly and then ignite as McCabe shadows her. But their unexpected romance throws McCabe off his stride -- and puts Maddie in the hands of a killer.


Author Notes

Karen Robards was born in Louisville, Kentucky on August 24, 1954. She graduated from the University of Kentucky. Her first novel, Island Flame, was published in 1981, when she was 24 years old. Since then, she has written more than 40 contemporary and historical romances including To Love a Man, Sea Fire, One Summer, Irresistible, Whispers at Midnight, Guilty, Shameless, and Sleepwalker. She has received six Silver Pen Awards, two Waldenbooks Wally Awards, one Romantic Times award, a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and has been named to the Romantic Times Romance Writers Hall of Fame. She has written a number of series, including The Banning Sisters and Charlotte Stone. Her title's, The Last Kiss Goodbye and Hush made The New York Times best seller list.

(Bowker Author Biography) Karen Robards is the author of more than twenty novels, including the enduring romance classics To Love a Man and Dark of the Moon and the national bestsellers The Midnight Hour, Ghost Moon, and The Senator's Wife.

(Publisher Provided) Karen Robards is the author of over twenty novels. She began her career as a historical romance writer and is the author of long-time classics: To Love a Man and Dark of the Moon. Her hardcover contemporary suspense novels have appeared on national bestseller lists, including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

FBI agent Sam McCabe is on the hunt for a killer who taunts him by calling him on his cell phone to give him clues that lead Sam and his team to the crime scene mere moments too late. A break in the case finally happens in New Orleans, when the killer strikes twice at the same hotel. He attacks two women with the name Maddie Fitzgerald but only kills one. The surviving Maddie wants only to be left alone. After a mysterious event in her life seven years ago, Maddie reinvented herself and doesn't want anyone delving into her past, especially the FBI. She now owns a struggling advertising agency, and she is after a dog-food account that will save her business. Sam knows that although she is unable to identify the assassin, he will come back to finish the job, so he tails Maddie back to St. Louis. There the killer tries again, and Sam must contend with the interference born of a mutual attraction between him and Maddie, and with Zelda, a psycho, junk-food-loving dog. A top-notch thriller filled with humorous characters and diverting subplots that leave the reader engrossed until the very end, this is yet another coup for Robards, and a fun summer read. --Patty Engelmann Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Veteran romance/crime bestseller Robards (Beachcomber; Whispers at Midnight) delivers another hold-your-breath drama, this time starring FBI agent Sam McCabe and advertising executive Maddie Fitzgerald. The sardonic hunk and the honey-eyed businesswoman are thrown together when Maddie becomes the latest target of a serial killer that Sam and his tubby assistant, E. P. Wynne, have been chasing for weeks, with no success. The body count already stands at six, but Maddie has neither the time nor the inclination to play bait for McCabe's booby trap to catch the killer. She needs the time to win the Brehmer's Dog Chow account (worth $10 million) lest her fledgling St. Louis ad agency go under before the end of the year. (And she has a secret past that she's determined not to share with anyone.) Soon enough, however, McCabe and his team are conducting a surveillance op from within her apartment, and that's when the suspense and romance really start to heat up. Though Robards's amorous prose is breathy as always ("His hand was warm and dry, big, long-fingered"; "Oh, god, he had dimples"), her pacing is excellent, and regular infusions of humor keep the story bouncing along between trysts and attacks. This one is sure to please fans. Agent, Robert Gottlieb at Trident Media. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Most victims of attempted murder welcome the FBI, but not Maddie Fitzgerald. While the attack in her hotel room was certainly traumatizing, she had bigger things on her plate, like winning a new account for her struggling advertising agency. FBI agent Sam McCabe is convinced that Maddie wasn't an accidental target and latches onto her like a ferret. Unfortunately, Maddie has secrets that she isn't ready to share. Sam only wants the killer; Maddie just wants to stay alive. They each get far more than they bargained for. Joyce Bean adds humor, suspense, sexual tension, and myriad emotions to the fast-paced story; she makes it easy to care about the characters. Although her vocal range is somewhat limited, she still paints visible portraits of the players. Robards's popularity will keep the audio in demand.--Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Jamaica Plain, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.