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The Baby Thief [Kindle Edition]

L.J. Sellers
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Book Description

As a thirty-two-year-old, single restaurant manager, Jenna McClure is all too aware of her ticking biological clock. Elizabeth Demauer, a fertility clinic doctor, helps her patients bear children—a joy she can never share. But these two women have more in common than just a yearning for motherhood. When they cross paths, Elizabeth sees not only the sister she never knew existed but the once-in-a-lifetime chance to realize her deepest desire…by any means necessary.

Together with her lover—a rogue physician and charismatic cult leader—Elizabeth masterminds the ultimate theft. But their carefully laid plans could be derailed by Eric Troutman, the heroic reporter who’s fallen in love with Jenna and will stop at nothing to solve her sudden disappearance. And the more his relentless investigation tightens the noose around Elizabeth and David, the more their “victimless crime” threatens to become anything but.



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About the Author

L. J. Sellers is a native of Eugene, Oregon, the setting of her thrillers. She is a former award-winning journalist and editor, and current standup comic, cyclist, social networker, and mystery-conference attendee-as well as a skydiving and thrill-seeking fanatic. A long-standing fan of police procedurals, she numbers John Sandford, Michael Connelly, Ridley Pearson, and Lawrence Sanders among her favorites. Her own novels, featuring Detective Jackson, include The Sex Club, Secrets to Die For, Thrilled to Death, Passions of the Dead, Dying for Justice, Liars, Cheaters, & Thieves, and Rules of Crime. She's also penned three standalone thrillers: The Baby Thief, The Gauntlet Assassin, and The Lethal Effect.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1439 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612186238
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (February 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089OEBRC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sellers doesn't disappoint November 22, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
The Baby Thief is more of what I would call a thriller than her usual Det. Jackson series, but it still has her typical trademarks of complex plot, full of twists and turns, and tough social issues have the spotlight brought to bear on them.

In this book, Sellers addresses the issues of egg harvesting and cults. I really don't want to say much more in fear of giving away the plot - but if you think the idea of stealing and/or arranging to buy another woman's eggs in order to resell them to a couple desperate to have a child, just take the time to research the topic - you'll be amazed and appalled by what is going on out there.

This book brings all of that to light in the story of a young woman who is kidnapped and hidden away in a remote commune so that her eggs may be harvested.

The book is a bit slow but picks up pace rapidly and then grips you to the point you can't wait to find out how it is all going to play out.

Jackson does appear although he is not the main character - but still nice to see an old friend.

Also, the book is very well formatted - no glitches in the formatting to pull you out of the story.

Highly recommended for a good read.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was hooked right from page 1!! April 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was my very first kindle and L.J. Sellers book and boy was it ever good! L.J. Sellers did a SUPERB job with this book. The characters and the storyline hook you in right from page one and never lets go till the very last page.
This mystery was honestly the kind of story that keeps you guessing the whole way through, and then just when you think you know what is going to happen, guess what...you are thrown into another loop lol
I for one, can't wait to read more L.J. Sellers books.

I definitely recommend this great book to all who enjoy a great, fast paced mystery that grabs your attention right from page 1...and never lets it go!!!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Baby Thief by L.J. Sellers January 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Dr Elizabeth Demauer works at the Assisted Reproduction Clinic and when Jenna Mcclure visits the clinic wanting a baby by artificial insemination, Elizabeth immediately notices the strong similarities in looks between her and Jenna. Elizabeth had being adopted and by using equipment at the clinic she is able to run DNA tests and compare samples and she finds out that Jenna is her biological sister.

Elizabeth herself wants to have a baby but she can not conceive a child herself due to pelvic infections she had has a child. These were probably caused by the fact she was sexual abused by her adopted father. So when she finds out that Jenna is her biological sister she sees this as the perfect opportunity for her to create the perfect baby for herself using her expertise and David Carmichael who she had met at medical school.

David Carmichael or the Reverend Carmichael as he was now known as was running a cult church he called, The Church of the Reborn. A religious commune mainly made up of female members. The church was twenty-five miles away from the nearest town hidden away in an isolated fortress. Not many people knew about the churches location, making it the perfect place for David's other work. David was also running a secret underground test-tube baby clinic to impregnate the women in the church using sperm stolen from the clinic by Elizabeth. David had become obsessed with creating life. David owes everything to Elizabeth. Elizabeth had kept him from losing his medical licence and going to jail in the past.

So when Elizabeth tells David she wants to kidnap Jenna and harvest her eggs and fertilize them and transfers them into her body, David as not choice but to go along with her plans.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read February 6, 2011
Format:Paperback
The Baby Thief was an excellent book filled with suspense. It had a couple of twists in it that you just didn't see coming. The book was a very quick read with very little down time. I always enjoy reading a book that I have a hard time putting down and this is certainly that type of book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars scary book April 20, 2011
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l j sellars is my new favorite author. this is a well plotted thriller with a believable characters. the plot is realistic and the events could occur in today's world.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needed a better ending January 23, 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition
This story was a good story and it kept me interested. I wasn't very happy with the ending - it didn't tell us what happened to some of the other characters in the story.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book; brilliant characterization May 30, 2011
Format:Paperback
In The Baby Thief, when Jenna MClure walks into Dr. Elizabeth Demauer's office, hoping that the doctor will aid her quest to have a baby, it sets off a series of events that will change the lives of both women forever.

A violent robbery shatters the calm safety of Jenna's world. In the aftermath, she meets with a reporter Eric Troutman, who may hold the promise of a bright future. Elizabeth is a troubled young woman, with a secret connection to Jenna's past. Jenna has something she wants. Elizabeth jeopardizes her future and practice to have it. She's caught in the spell of a disgraced Dr. David Carmichael, who carries out medical experiments in a secretive religious community. Jenna, Elizabeth and David are all hiding secrets and Eric is on a determined quest to learn everything.

This is the first L.J.Sellers' book I have read, but it will not be the last. She is brilliant at sketching her characters in full, most of them beautiful but all inherently flawed. It is easy to feel sympathy for everyone, even her villains, who let their pride and desires guide them to commit unspeakable crimes. L.J. Sellers is also a master at pacing and knows how to keep a reader engrossed.
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L.J. Sellers writes the bestselling Detective Jackson mystery/thriller series--a two-time Readers Favorite Award winner--as well as the Agent Dallas series and provocative standalone thrillers. Her 16 novels have been highly praised by reviewers, and she's one of the highest-rated crime fiction authors on Amazon.

L.J. resides in Eugene, Oregon where many of her novels are set and is an award-winning journalist who earned the Grand Neal. She's also the founder of Housing Help, a charity dedicated to keeping families from becoming homeless. When not plotting murders or working with her foundation, she enjoys standup comedy, cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. She's also been known to jump out of airplanes. For more about L.J., visit her website: http://ljsellers.com

Detective Jackson Mysteries
The Sex Club
Secrets to Die For
Thrilled to Death
Passions of the Dead
Dying for Justice
Liars, Cheaters & Thieves
Rules of Crime
Crimes of Memory
Deadly Bonds
Wrongful Death (March, 2105)

Agent Dallas Thrillers
The Trigger
The Target
The Trap (Dec., 2014)

Standalone Thrillers
The Baby Thief
The Gauntlet Assassin
The Lethal Effect

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