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It’s S-HaBO-Day! This One Sounds…Creepy

Help a bitch outLauren is looking for a book she read more than once, but cannot remember (girl, I know your pain there): 

I love your page and website. I love knowing how many other women there are out there who share my love of trashy novels. I am not sure if this is the best way to ask, but I have this book that I cannot remember the title of. Could you see if anyone else remembers it?

I think it was from the early 2000's, and I really thought it was by Elizabeth Lowell, or Linda Howard, but I cannot find it in either of their catalogues. The plot is that an undercover agent for the DEA (?) is just back from a mission and gets a message that his son has been kidnapped. He didn't know he had a child.

The younger sister of the girl he was in love with when he was 20 has been raising his son. Her family has money, but when her father threatened her sister with being disinherited she broke up with him, and then was going to give their son up for adoption. The younger sister got mad and took the baby, and has raised it as her own.

The boy is held by a drug lord that the hero had tried to take down, and I remember the kid (he was about 15) breaking his fingernails and getting an infection in his fingers trying to free himself. It has been killing me that I have read this more than once and cannot remember who wrote it or what it was called.

Any help would be hugely appreciated.


Oh, dude, that sounds very creepy and fantastic. Do you recognize this book?


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    My first reaction was that this is a mishmash of two books: Elizabeth Lowell’s THE WRONG HOSTAGE and Sandra Brown’s LONG TIME COMING. I could be totally wrong, though. I’m probably wrong. Eh, I’m throwing in the comment anyway.

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    kd says:

    Could it be this one:
    THE PERFECT LIE by Dinah McCall

    Blurb (from
    “There’s no place to hide from the truth . . .

    CIA agent Jonah Slade is back from deadly undercover work in the jungles of South America, battered, bloodied, but successful in putting a notorious drug czar behind bars. But, he discovers, the war has just begun.

    He learns the woman he loved and lost years ago has been killed in cold blood, her fifteen-year-old son kidnapped. Her sister, Macie Blaine, turns to Jonah for help, and gives him no chance to refuse when she tells him the boy is his son.

    Stunned and enraged by the discovery, Jonah wants to lash out. Until he makes the connection between the kidnapping and the drug lord, who is solely focused on avenging the death of his own son—the man Jonah killed. It’s come down to a battle as old as time itself. An eye for an eye. A son for a son.

    Yet for Jonah, it’s also much more than that. He knows what he is, a hardened and cynical man. But he also knows what he wants. Everything he’s been denied: his son—and Macie Blaine’s love.”

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    azteclady says:

    kd beat me to it.

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    OOH! OOH! I know! I know!!!

    Damn. KD got it already. LOL. And here I was going to earn some extra HABO Karma points, since mine also went up today.

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    Paula says:

    Did Sharon Sala write as Dinah McCall ?

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    Barb in Maryland says:

    Yes, Sharon Sala and Dinah McCall are the same person.

    @ms bookjunkie—Yeah, my first thought was “Wrong Hostage”—but I knew that was wrong.  Glad that others knew the right book.

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    I loved The Perfect Lie, and of course the first time i know a book someone gets to it before me. :)

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    Lauren says:

    Thank you guys so much! I knew I owned the book, but I have so many that I could not find it anywhere! You all are a life (or at least mind) saver!

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