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Bait [Mass Market Paperback]

C.J. Songer
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't get 'Hook'-ed May 15 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine New Mystery Series April 16 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor! Read this book! May 31 1999
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Hot dang, what a find! If the Publishing Powers That Be don't take Songer and run with her, they're fools. (And nope, no kin to the author and never met her.) This is a just a slam-dunk wonderful debut. The set-up sounded familiar: feisty ex-cop heroine, standard twisty intrigue, yadda yadda yadda. But, wow, was the payoff different! Songer's voice and outlook are so unique they blasted right off the page. It takes a chapter or so of mental whiplash to catch up with her, but then she carries you right on along for one hell of a ride. It seems like forever and a day since something really new has come along, but Songer is IT! It's the same kind of rush I got after reading Parker, O'Connell and Laurie King for the first time. You can read the blurbs and plot summaries elsewhere, but take it from this reader, Songer's debut is fast blast of fresh air. Look at it this way, I checked this book out from the library and promptly plonked down hardback-price money to own my own copy. And I'll do the same for the next book book Songer writes. It's hard to decide whether I want it to center on Meg and Joe or some new new characters. Whatever. I'm sold. Greed, bliss, anticipation...a new author to watch for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great debut mystery by tomorrow's superstar June 20 1998
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Charlie and Meg Gillis, and her partner Mike Johnson were dedicated California police officers for many years until Charlie was murdered. Meg and Mike were prime suspects and even though they were ultimately cleared, they left the force because their belief in the system was shattered. Mike and Meg open up their own security business, which over its three-year life has become successful. Though she managed to put Charlie's murder behind her, Meg always wondered who did it and why as no new clues surfaced. Everything abruptly changes when a frantic customer, Mr. Haroutunien, calls, begging for Mike to get to his home immediately.
Unfortunately, Mike is a no-show that day, so Meg answers the summons. From that moment on, her life spins out of control. Having police back-up, Meg arrives at Mr. Haroutunien's home, only to have him deny ever speaking to her. The police take Meg in for questioning and while at headquarters her car is stolen. When the vehicle is retrieved, it is covered with blood as if someone was killed inside it.
Mike remains missing and everyone is searching for him. The police begin to harass Meg, who now wonders if her business partner was on the trail of some crooked officers. Not trusting anyone, but knowing she needs help, Meg turns to her biggest tormentor, Sergeant Joe Reilly of the Special Tactics Unit. She prays that the two of them can find the answers to what is going down before either one of them is killed.
Remember the name C.J. Sanger because this talented writer has a great career ahead of her if this adrenaline-pumping, police procedural is any indication. Although BAIT has a fast-paced, action-filled story line, it is Meg who makes this a special novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read It!
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2002 by S. Gould
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Hooked
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars "Bait" is engrossing!
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2002 by "dvvasquez"
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many unexplained leaps
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. Read more
Published on May 24 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! This is one GOOD BOOK!
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2000 by Jennifer Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced, pulse-pounding debut!
C.J. Songer has gone and done it. She's written an incredible first novel with a writing style that's staccato-quick and will keep your heart pounding with every page. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Bait Hooked Me!
Bait is an extraordinary first novel... Actually, it is an extraordinary novel. I was hooked from the first page and was unable to put the book down. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2000 by E. Arthur
4.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing, but slightly convoluted read!
CJ Songer's Bait is an excellent book. Finally a female protagonist that is intelligent, unpredictable, and very courageous. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Slueth-Knows her Stuff
Goodby Melhone hello Meg...Great read. Great fun. Ran across this book by accident and I am sure glad I did. Took a bit to get used to Songers style but WOW.... Read more
Published on Nov. 7 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really enjoyed this book. Reilly and Meg are very interesting characters. The story was believable. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 1999 by Pat Miller
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