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To Catch a Bad Guy (Janet Maple Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Marie Astor
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (795 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Janet Maple's stellar career ended with a lay off and her boyfriend of almost five years told her that he wants to be just friends. When she lands a job at one of New York's premier boutique investment firms, Janet begins to hope that her luck is finally turning for the better. Not only is she happy with her new paycheck, but things also seem to be looking up on the personal front, as the company's handsome attorney expresses keen interest in Janet. However, her euphoria is short-lived, as Janet soon discovers alarming facts about her new employer's business tactics. When her boss dismisses her suspicions as groundless, Janet finds herself confiding to a cute IT engineer, Dean Snider. The closer she gets to Dean, the more Janet is tempted to break her rule of not dating co-workers, but what she doesn't realize is that everything she knows about Dean, including his occupation and even his name, is a lie.



Dennis Walker is a top-notch white collar crime investigator who will stop at nothing to put culprits away. When an opportunity for an undercover assignment at one of New York's premier boutique investment firms comes up, Dennis jumps at the chance, adopting a persona of geeky IT engineer, Dean Snider. While he may be an ace at his job, years of experience fail him when Dennis meets Janet Maple and finds himself torn between his professional obligations and his personal desires. Will he have to choose between his feelings and duty, or will he find a way to satisfy both?


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"The author does a great job of engaging the reader with a fast-paced storyline full of intrigue, suspense and romance. I look forward to reading the second book in the Janet Maple Series."

                                                           ~Jersey Girl Book Reviews

 
"There is more to this book than a cute cover. It has a great story line, interesting characters, some romance, and a lot of suspense. I look forward to discovering what happens next in the Janet Maple Series."

                                                          ~Gin's Book Notes

"If it's one thing I love, it's a good mystery novel. I thought To Catch a Bad Guy had all the elements of intrigue, and it was hard for me to put this down!" 

                                                           ~Chick Lit Plus Reviews

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Janet Maple - a great new heroine. 

I have read all of Marie Astor's books. I have loved each and everyone of them. Hope she does a sequel To Catch a Bad Guy. 

Janet Maple is an appealing character who has had to climb her way up with good old fashioned hard work and for her efforts has been knocked back down to square one. As she tries to climb that ladder once again we see she is a person of integrity and hope for her success.

Product Details

  • File Size: 795 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1493645935
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008W1L5IA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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108 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it August 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read all of Marie Astor's books todate. I have loved each and everyone of them. Hope she does a sequel To Catch a Bad Guy. I enjoyed this book very much it has a hint of romance, mystery and is just a little bit sassy, making it a great read. I hope if you purchase this book that you enjoy it as much as I did.
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80 of 87 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed September 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would have to say I am quite disappointed in this book. The plot seemed great, but as I started reading I felt like I should have picked something else. As I'm starting to notice, a lot of these books achieve the job of wanting you to continue to read the book, but they don't want you to continue reading books by the author.

This book spent so much time on nonsense it ridiculous. It went on an on and on that i skipped through 30% (kindle app shows the percentage) of the book to get to where the Dean/Dennis teamed up with Janet.

And the very climax of the book was a complete bust ! After all it took leading up to it, it maybe lasted 2 pages, 3 tops. Then the book was just....over.

I understand this is a series but geez this book needs a lot of help!

Definitely wont be continuing this series. Good luck to those who brave that challenge.
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84 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mix of.. October 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
..suspense, romance and intrigue in the the world of business, finance, wall street and the law. Excellent read, not your average 'girly book' because its quite intelligently written!
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the sequel! October 13, 2012
By Subde
Format:Kindle Edition
Another wonderful read from Marie Astor! I ready Lucky Charm, On the Rim of Love, This Tangled Thing Called Love and loved them all. I was worried that the good streak might run out, but thankfully I was proven wrong. Marie Astor did it again - To Catch a Bad Guy is a wonderfully entertaining read filled with romance, suspense, and intrigue that will keep you turning the pages.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To Catch A Bad Guy November 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Twenty-nine year old Janet Maple has spent the last four years as an NYC Assistant District Attorney in the Investigation Division, when her position was "downsized" by her ex-boss Alex Kinglsey, who happens to also be her ex-boyfriend.

Janet's childhood best friend, Lisa Foley, offered her a position as an Assistant General Counsel at the prestigious Bostoff Securities investment/trading firm. Janet thinks her career is on an upswing, but as she learns more about the firm, she discovers questionable practices and has to decide what to do with her findings.

Dennis Walker is a top-notch white collar crime investigator in the Department of Treasury's Investigations Unit. Dennis' current assignment has him infiltrating Bostoff Securities by going undercover as Dean Snider, Chief IT Analyst. He is responsible for gathering additional evidence for their investigation into Bostoff Securities. So far everything that he has learned about the firm indicates corruption with deep financial violations. The most difficult part of his assignment is to remain undiscovered and not allow his cover to be blown.

When Janet discovers the firm's questionable practices, Lisa blows them off as nothing, so Janet turns to the sympathetic ear of Dean Snider, not knowing his true identity. An attraction and friendship forms between Janet and Dean, but Dennis/Dean becomes torn between his professional obligation and his personal attraction for Janet. Can Dennis/Dean have the best of both worlds, or does he have to choose? What will Janet do when she discovers Dean's true identity and profession? Can Janet and Dennis work together to catch a bad guy?

To Catch A Bad Guy is an intriguing romantic suspense story.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved everything about this book! June 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am usually very critical when reading this genre. I love a good mix of chemistry and storyline and this book had it all. I'm so please to find a series that I can really connect with and I already downloaded the second book and can't wait to start. This is what I love about finding free books that are a series. You get to test them out and when you love one the way I loved this one, you go and get the rest. Great book!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Catch a Nap September 23, 2013
By Tmom
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was slow. There wasn't much detail and at the end major plot parts were skipped. Displeased with the abrupt ending. None of the story lines were "tied up" or finished. I really can't recommend this book. It gets one star because it was free, otherwise it would have received ZERO stars.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time October 30, 2013
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Very thin on intrigue and bloated on romantic drivel. Plot had a lot of potential but got bogged down in did he, does he, will he meanderings. I certainly won't be reading more in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A Woman's Romance
Shallow character development, mediocre plot, and juvenile writing highlight this middling romance novel. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Rickles
5.0 out of 5 stars kept me engrossed to the end
This is my first Janet Maples book and I look forward to the next books in the series. Hard to put down!
Published 1 day ago by c rusti
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read - based in New York City
A former district attorney gets a new job from someone she's known since childhood. It's at a hedge fund but it doesn't take long her to find out something just isn't right there. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read from all Perspectives
I really enjoyed this book. The thing that I loved the most is how it gave perspectives from each character that was involved with the story. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Danielle
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it and will read more of the series
A new author for me, however, I like it and will read more of the series.
Published 2 days ago by Nancy Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were very quickly, likable and interesting. I am someone who very quickly gives up on a book if I'm not liking it for one reason or... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Lori Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very nice beginning to a heartwarming story.
Published 2 days ago by Marilyn Renaudin
3.0 out of 5 stars it was a pretty good read for 3/4 of the book
Gosh, it was a pretty good read for 3/4 of the book. Then it's as though the author ran out of words and needed to end the book! Read more
Published 2 days ago by bonnie hallett
4.0 out of 5 stars To catch a bad guy
Very interesting and wishing there was more details at the end. Kept my attention which isn't easy for me. Want to read the next book.
Published 3 days ago by Deno
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good thriller with lots of suspense.
Published 3 days ago by Darrell
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More About the Author

Marie Astor is New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. In her spare time Marie enjoys being adventurous out-of-doors. She often gets new story ideas while she is hiking up a mountain or trying to avoid bumping into a tree while skiing.

Marie loves hearing from her readers and always answers all of her emails personally. Visit Marie at www.marieastor.com.

Books by Marie Astor:

Searing Lies (Book 1 of Love, Power & Sin Series) - contemporary romance / romantic suspense

To Catch a Bad Guy (Book 1 of the Janet Maple Series) - romantic suspense

Catching the Bad Guy (Book 2 of the Janet Maple Series) - romantic suspense

Bad Guys Get Caught (Book 3 of the Janet Maple Series - romantic suspense

This Tangled Thing Called Love - contemporary romance about searching for love

Lucky Charm - contemporary romance about love, luck, and friendship

Smitten at First Sight - contemporary romance about the power of love

A Dress in a Window - a collection of short stories about love, serendipity, and fate

Over the Mountain and Back - young adult fantasy adventure

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