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Bait Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1999


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061014249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061014246
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,895,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Gould on Oct. 1 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
C. J. Songer's crisp style of writing nicely fits her story and her characters. And what great characters she has created. Reilly and Meg are flawed but so darn likeable. I found myself wanting to get to know them better. I just finished reading "Bait" and I plan to purchase "Hook" as soon as possible. If you are perusing the reviews to decide whether or not to read "Bait" my advice is, read it!
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By A Customer on Aug. 12 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought Bait and Hook based on reader reviews and am glad I bought both at the same time because I didn't have to race out and buy the second. I did have to go back and re-read once in awhile to catch on to what Meg was saying or doing. Does it detract from the books? No. You (and the other characters) think Meg is going to do one thing by her actions, but she usually manages to surprise both. Meg's relationships with her partner Mike and the investigating cop Reilly are believable and add a great deal to the story. My only disappointment is learning from C.J.'s website that we have to wait until Fall of 2003 for the next in the series.
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Meg Gillis is a former cop working at a small Beverly Hills security firm. She receives a call from a Mr. Houratanian who demands to speak to her partner Mike. Meg has not heard from Mike in days and is afraid to learn what he has cooked up now. In order to distract herself from her thoughts she offers to help. The caller lets her know that his son has been kidnapped and he does not want to involve the police. Once she arrives to the scene she discovers that the police had already arrived and Mr. Houratanian has no idea what is going on. He says that no kidnapping has taken place and that all this was a mistake. Meg should have just ignored the situation but instead she decides to put her two cents and try to figure out what is going on.
Ms. Songer's character is very annoying. The author considers herself to be the next Virginia Woolf by having us learn everything through Meg's stream of consciousness. The reader is expected to catch up and the heck with everything else. One of the most perplexing scenes involve her mentioning a character named Josh. It is not until sixty pages later in the book that we learn that Josh is her stepson. Is it so hard to say 'my stepson, Josh' when first introducing him.
The title of the book is misleading. It is not until three-quarters of the book that any reference is made in using Meg Gillis as a lure. The Bait here is getting people to purchase her book.
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This book introduces the series character, Meg Gillis. She is an ex-cop, a cop's widow, and the partner in a home/business security firm with another ex-cop. She's not a lighthearted, wisecracking heroine. She's had a lot of pain in her life and it has scarred her. Her partner disappears, possibly due to what looks like involvement with police corruption, and she becomes a suspect. The story chronicles her ever-changing role in the investigation and her dealings with the complex personalities involved.
What intrigued me by this book, as I got further and further into it was that my impression of Meg Gillis was being built up by her words and actions, not by an author-provided description of her looks or her setting. It seemed to me that Ms. Songer really managed to describe the mindset of an ex-cop, one who views the world from the feminine perspective rather than the masculine, but who is forced deal with the masculine preconceptions of the cop's world.
The writing style in this book is spare and to the point. You have to pay attention to the nuances of the characters. This serves to create tension nicely and forces you to try to puzzle out what is exactly going on, and who, if anyone, Meg can trust. There are a lot of twists and turns in this story, and the pace is maintained throughout the book. This was a good debut novel about an interesting character, and I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
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This is the first book I read of hers. I began this book and couldn't put it down. C.J. Songer's characters draw you in and keep you facinated. I immediately went out and bought her 2nd book. Now I have the miserable task of waiting for the 3rd book in this series!
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By A Customer on May 24 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think this could have been a very good book, except the main character made too many leaps of thought that for me were impossible to follow. She would essentially start a line of reasoning, get part way through it, and then suddenly a series of actions would be taken based on that, but to me it was unclear how she'd gotten to the decisions she reached. I found myself re-reading numerous parts just to try to understand her line of reasoning, but I seldom did. Having said that, I think this author has potential but I think I'll wait until she gets her writing style a little more developed.
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Wow! I'm so glad I found this book (and author). For mystery lovers, it doesn't get any better than this! It sounds cliche, but I REALLY couldn't put this book down. It is so fast-paced, action packed, and even sexy. The author peels away the layers page by page until....the ultimate conclusion.
I cannot say enough good things. Read this novel today, but set aside a whole day, cause you won't be able to stop!
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