by Ronald Argo


by Ronald Argo



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Winner of the 2016 Library Journal Indie Award in Mystery.
Second in the thriller series was inspired by true events!
Maggie doesn't despair because she's 29 and still single, childless. If only ... As a former foster child and now baby peddler for a San Diego human smuggling outfit, Maggie's only wish is to raise enough money for a home to help orphans like herself. She can do it because she's the outfit's top salesperson, able to get the most reluctant client to fork over big money to adopt that baby.
But her world abruptly unravels as her co-dependent, depressed dad is killed and her latest shipment of babies gets kidnapped at the border in a terrible massacre of their caretakers. Most compelling of all, her boss find out she's skimming money and sends an enforcer around to settle things. Maggie Frazier is left with nothing to do but run off to Mexico.
Meanwhile, veteran crime reporter Ray "Magic" Myers, who breaks the desert massacre story, is hot on the kidnapping angle and will connect the killing of Maggie's father to her, the missing babies, and the smuggling ring.The more Myers discovers about her dad's decades of failure trying to adopt his illegitimate child from war torn Vietnam, the more Myers, a vet himself,is locked on helping Maggie find the abducted babies. None of this comes without a toll on Myers, however, and he will get fired after 20 years with the paper, be sucker-punched by a bad cop, thrown in jail, later stabbed and even later shot.
Myers and Maggie make an unlikely pair in a desperate rescue attempt for the infants. They tenaciously follow a deadly path through the seamy nighttime streets of Ensenada and into the Baja badlands of ancient Indian land, places where both come to face the greatest challenges of their lives.
Baby Love is also a Readers Favorite 5-Star novel and a runner up in Shelf Unbound best Indie Competition.
Kirkus Reviews says of Baby Love, "Highly entertaining ... Argo richly fleshes out his characters. Readers will enjoy the huge, unexpected plot twists."
Library Journal calls it, "A dramatic and gripping tale [that] also manages to tug at your heartstrings.

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BN ID: 2940157122546
Publisher: HotDamn University Press
Publication date: 05/15/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

In the late 1980s, Ronald Argo published one of the more important and lasting novels on Vietnam, Year of the Monkey, a story painting a comprehensive and human canvas of the war. Before and after he served as a military correspondent in LBJ's war, he has worked as a psych-ward aide, a prize-winning photographer, a Florida Keys boat captain, an award-winning investigative newspaper reporter, and he restores old houses. Those among other constructive and nefarious occupations.
The Courage to Kill, first in the Ray Myers series of thrillers and finalist in the 2013 San Diego Book Awards, features our ace crime reporter bringing down a deranged serial killer. The Sum of His Worth is winner of the Pinnacle Achievement award for literary fiction of 2014, an historical thriller set in 1959 Alabama where life under segregation is portrayed through a disadvantaged white boy who finds courage defending blacks against the wrath of the KKK.
Argo holds three university degrees, bachelors, Masters and MFA—which in no way contaminates the "simple, elegant prose” [author Vance Bourjaily] found in all of his novels. Born and raised in Alabama, the author now lives with his wife Mary and their cow dog Prince in San Diego.

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