The Ransom. Maggie Price

The Ransom - Maggie Price

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      Praise for


       LINE OF DUTY miniseries

      “A quick paced, action packed romance.”

      —The Romance Reader’s Connection on Sure Bet

      “Maggie Price’s riveting, intense plot makes this

       an exciting reading experience.”

      —Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Hidden Agenda

      “Get ready for chills, thrills, and shivers of delight

       as a super-stud cop and his sexy, stubborn,

       soon-to-be-ex wife go after a murderous cop.”

      —USA TODAY bestselling author Merline Lovelace on Shattered Vows

      “The cleverly developed plot is filled with

       unexpected twists and turns.”

      —Romantic Times BOOKreviews on The Cradle Will Fall

      “Combines romance, mystery and crime into one

       page turning, exciting and sensuous story.”

      —Reader 2 Reader on Trigger Effect

      “A taut, romantic drama.”

      —The Romance Reader on Most Wanted Woman


      A former police-crime analyst for the Oklahoma City Police Department, Maggie Price has never tried to distance herself from her dark “cop side” when writing the riveting romantic suspense that has become her trademark. If anything, that meshing of the cop side with the romance side is a natural blending…and her stories show us that sometimes, love can kill.

      The authenticity of police work and sizzling passion she brings to her novels have earned Maggie numerous awards, including a National Readers’ Choice Award, a Booksellers’ Best Award and a coveted RITA® Award nomination. Other honors received include a Romantic Times BOOKreviews Career Achievement Award for series romantic suspense, and a Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Silhouette Intimate Moments.

      Maggie invites readers to contact her at 416 N.W. 8th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73102-2604. Or reach her on the Web at

      The Ransom

      Maggie Price

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      Dear Reader,

      While a civilian crime analyst for the Oklahoma City Police Department, I snagged an assignment to a task force investigating the abduction of two preteen girls from the state fair. During that time, I was in contact with the distraught parents. Their despair and suffering touched my heart and gave me an insider’s view of what it means to lose a child to an unknown evil.

      That experience inspired me to tell the story of a divorcée whose small son is kidnapped for ransom. And the only person she dares turn to for help is the ex-cop who walked away a decade ago with a piece of her heart.

      The Ransom is the story not only of the struggle to save a little boy’s life, but of the rekindling of a love that refuses to die.

      Warmest regards,

      Maggie Price

      To Pam Hopkins, my supersonic agent whom I’ve

       been blessed to have in my corner for over a decade.






















      Cross C Ranch

       Layton, Texas

      KATHRYN CONNER was coming home.

      Kathryn Conner Mason, the man sitting on the ranch house’s shady front porch amended. He had one hand clenched around a coffee mug and that morning’s newspaper draped across his blue-jeaned thigh.

      He could hear himself breathe.

      Feel the sweat trickle from the pores of his underarms.

      Taste his fear.

      His spine stiff, he propped a shoulder against one of the porch’s vintage white columns and stared out across the pristine lawn.

      The July sun beat down without mercy, but the smothering heat couldn’t touch the icy fear that crouched darkly inside him. He owed a Dallas gambling syndicate over a half million dollars and he had less than three weeks to come up with the money. In full.

      He could no longer sleep. Had lost interest in food. Could barely breathe. For weeks he’d been popping pills that did little to ease the smothering sensation of being buried in a pit from which there was no way out.

      And then he heard about Mrs. Devin Mason’s imminent return to Layton, Texas. Kathryn was coming home.

      And bringing her son.

      Dropping his gaze to the newspaper, he focused on the picture that showed the smiling images of Kathryn, her pretty-boy actor husband and their son. Ex-husband now. The divorce had become final just weeks before Senator Sam Conner’s death.

      Kathryn hadn’t even come home for her grandfather’s funeral. Had never stepped foot on the Cross C after she went off to college ten years ago.

      Why, he didn’t know. Couldn’t care less. All that mattered was she would arrive the following day.

      And she was filthy, stinking rich.

      Kathryn was his lifeline. She would save him.

      And so would her son.


      KATHRYN CONNER HAD vowed to never again set foot on the Cross

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