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"White-knuckle suspense at an electrifying pulse." - Suspense Magazine

"Ledford, who is part Cherokee, shows enormous empathy and insight. Despite many obstacles Katina battles her demons and reclaims her spirit power in time to confront her tormentors in a harrowing finale. SNARE is a well-deserved nominee for the Hillerman Sky Award." -Steve Schwartz, Poisoned Pen Bookstore Review

"SNARE is a gripping read that won't be easy to put down." -Midwest Book Review

From the Author

The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist - Nominated for the Best Mystery that captures the landscape of the Southwest.Finalist for the NM-AZ Book Award in the Mystery/Suspense category.

2014 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Audio Book, CRESCENDO - book three from the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela suspense thriller series.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Second Wind Publishing, LLC (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935171577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935171577
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,141,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deborah J Ledford is the award-winning author of the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela Thriller Series, including: CAUSING CHAOS, CRESCENDO, STACCATO and The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist, and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Finalist, SNARE. Edgar Award winner, and three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, her award-winning stories appear in numerous print publications as well as literary and mystery anthologies.

CRESCENDO, book three of her series, is the Anthony Award Nominee for Best Audio Book. Produced by IOF Productions, the recording is narrated by TV and film actress Christina Cox (Dexter, NCIS, 24, Elysium, Chronicles of Riddick, Nikki & Nora).

Part Eastern Band Cherokee, Deborah spent her summers growing up in the Great Smoky Mountains region of North Carolina where her novels are set. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and two awesome Aussie pups. DeborahJLedford.com

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Deborah J. Ledford's "Snare," book two of the Deputy Hawk/Inola Walela Thriller Series quickly entangles readers who believe young Katina Salvo's broken past will remain long ago and far away. A popular California songwriter and recording star, Katina has never released photographs and videos or appeared in a live concert because she doesn't want her fans to know what happened in Valentine, Nebraska on August 29, 1995 at 11:29 p.m.

After convincing her twenty-three-year-old Native American signing sensation she owes her fans a live concert, business manager Petra Sullivan hand-picks a small theater in North Carolina so Katina can debut in a nonthreatening environment.

However, before they leave for the Great Smoky Mountains, Katina discovers that Petra has been hiding threatening fan mail from her. Both overprotective and nurturing, Petra is the mother Katina was never allowed to have. Katina asks if the series of letters is coming from the father she wants to forget.

While Petra maintains the nasty letters are simply a nuisance downside of being famous, Katina is less certain, and wonders what else Petra has been keeping from her. The concert goes forward as scheduled because, as Petra tells Katina, "you can't hide out forever." Plus, Katina's safety is a top priority through the efforts of the sheriff's point man on the security detail, Deputy Steven Hawk. Hawk also appeared in Ledford's stunning debut novel "Staccato" (Second Wind Publishing, 2009).

The concert appears to be a triumph until Katina is attacked by a shadowy man in the audience who escapes leaving few clues behind. Katina thinks she knows who it was. Hawk thinks he is responsible for the security lapse. Together, they plan to ensnare the perpetrator.
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Couldn't help the pun in the title. Some of the book takes in Taos on Native American turf.
The settings, North Carolina, California and Taos, help accentuate the conflicts in the story,
both internal and external. Ledford even gets into what it is to be of mixed race, adding unexpected
depth to the characters.

Snare is a thriller told from the point of view of both hunters and hunted. As in Stacatto,
Ledford's first book in this series, the characters are complex and eccentric enough
to keep you guessing what they will do next.

I won't go into the plot because the other reviewers here have done it well.

A great read, go buy it.
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By slumdoug on June 26, 2012
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A great suspenseful novel. Deborah Ledford again keeps the suspense going and brings you into the visual world of the characters.
As the story takes place in parts of North Carolina, Nebraska and the Taos Pueblo of New Mexico. Deborah Leford has done her research with the history of the Native Americans in Taos NM,law enforcement and all other factors of her characters. I loved the detail she give to her stories environment. It draws you in!
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Review by Judy: Deborah J. Ledford's second novel, Snare (Second Wind Publishing), qualifies as a bonafide thriller. The author has mastered the art of changing the POVs of her well-developed characters from chapter to chapter without losing the thread of their individual importance within the story. While many writing gurus caution against multiple points of view, Ms Ledford has used them skillfully.

Mingling the potential victim's American Indian heritage with her current world adds not only to the suspense but the general interest as well. While I enjoyed the somewhat lengthy descriptive passages scattered throughout the book, I felt they slowed the action somewhat. That said, I think removing them altogether would take away from the overall mood of the story.

Native American pop singer/songwriter Katina Salvo's career is about to take off. There's one problem: someone wants to kill her. Katina and her bodyguard, Deputy Steven Hawk, are attacked during an altercation at her first live concert. Could the assailant be a mysterious, dangerous man from her youth? Or her estranged father recently released from prison for killing her mother?

The action spins from California to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and finally to the Taos Pueblo Indian Reservation in New Mexico in a relatively short amount of time. The author demonstrates an excellent brevity in the telling of Katina's back story, which sets the stage for the chilling events to come. When the resolution careens onto the pages, with stunning, hard-hitting suddenness, it is both surprising and satisfying.

Snare is Book Two of the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela Thriller Series. Fans of the genre will want to pick up Book One, Staccato, and watch for Book Three to come.
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First Line: Katina's eyes locked on the straight-back chair she had wedged under the doorknob.

Katina Salvo has come a long way from her abusive childhood. The reclusive Native American singer/songwriter's music sells very well, even though she's never made a personal appearance or given a concert. Her manager feels that it's time to change all that and have Katina move another step up the ladder, so a concert is booked in a small North Carolina theater where Deputy Steven Hawk will be put in charge of the singer's security.

Something goes terribly wrong at the concert, and Katina and Hawk are attacked. No one is quite sure of the assailant's identity, so the singer and the deputy regroup in familiar territory for Katina: the Taos Pueblo Indian Reservation in New Mexico. Hawk is determined to find this mysterious attacker before he can get close enough to kill the talented young woman.

Snare was so good that I'm going to have to get my hands on a copy of Ledford's first book in the series, Staccato. The pacing kept the story moving at a fast clip, and the plot-- after giving readers two viable suspects-- kept me trying to guess the right one. (I guessed wrong, by the way.)

Ledford has created a compelling story where the main characters are all members of minorities. (I love it when the Lone Ranger doesn't show up and the day is saved anyway.) She's also very adept at adding small details that can pack a big emotional punch-- as when the very young Katina is hiding in her bedroom and marking time on her Hello Kitty alarm clock.
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