The man: Wolfgang Schmitt: former model, newly single, habitual wiseass. It’s a profile only his ailing mother could love—but it makes him perfect for one thing . . .
The bait: Billionaire Nelson Scott wants Schmitt to seduce his wife—setting off a prenuptial clause that will keep her hands off his money. The job pays a million bucks just for trying. Another four if Schmitt pulls it off. All he has to do is say yes . . .
The switch: Next thing he knows, he’s dealing with a lot more than he bargained for. Like Scott’s gorgeous, stiletto-sharp lawyer. A couple of shady suits who may or may not be Feds. And a few more dead bodies than he’s used to. But in the big leagues of money and power, Schmitt happens.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Larry Brooks is the author of six critically-praised novels, including USA Today bestseller Darkness Bound, and three bestselling writing books, including the #1 bestseller Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing. Brooks teaches writers & conferences throughout the nation and is the creator of Storyfix.com, named six years running to the Writers Digest "101 Best Websites for Writers list." He lives in Arizona.
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All things considered, it was a great night to die. The requisite literary elements were in place – horizontal rain in the headlight beams, a deserted and utterly dark winding road, an impossibly late hour for a business meeting. And of course, motive. Without motive there would be no story. Without motive, all you had was an accident.
Funny, how four billion dollars splashes a dollop of paranoia onto the lens of one’s worldview. Which was why, like a fly repeatedly slamming against the window of his otherwise quiet accountant’s existence, his boss’s words buzzed in his mind as he drove through the storm to meet with the man.
Willing to bet the farm here, son? Your entire career? Mine?
Four days, and the words still echoed. The more he listened to them, the harder he thought about it, the more he suspected the fly was him.
Here’s the four billion dollar question – other than you and me, who knows about this?
On any other night on any other road he would be surfing his collection of MP3s on one of his Apply toys, a menagerie which ranged from alt rock to rap metal. His new girlfriend abhorred both - she preferred light jazz with a glass of chardonnay - but tonight his mind was filled with weightier issues, such as the end of life as he knew it.
Don’t show this to anyone, don’t mention it, don’t even hint at it. Code your files, shred any copies. A leak could kill us, not to mention our client. You tell me which is worse.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The author of three previous novels (DARKNESS BOUND, PRESSURE POINTS & SERPENT¿S DANCE), Larry Brooks has surpassed himself with his newest book, BAIT AND SWITCH. This is the story of Wolfgang Schmitt, a man who¿s still recovering from the unexpected departure of his girlfriend and is ready to end his current career in advertising to start something new and exciting. As the old saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens. The door that suddenly opens for Schmitt involves billionaire software tycoon, Nelson Scott and the impending divorce from his wife, Kelly. Through a rather unusual set of circumstances, Scott has become aware of Wolfgang Schmitt and believes that this former model may be perfect for a job he has in mind. Nelson Scott (along with his lovely assistant, Lee Van Wyke) approaches Schmitt with the offer of five million dollars if he will seduce Kelly and live with her for a short period of time, thus setting off a prenuptial clause that will save Scott at least thirty-six million dollars a year in alimony payments. Schmitt is given twenty-four hours to think about it. What eventually pushes Schmitt to take the job against his better judgment are two federal agents putting pressure on him to do as Scott wants. It seems as thought the Federal Government has an interest in Scott and some of his financial dealings, and the two agents hope that Schmitt might be able to gain some valuable information by sleeping with the billionaire¿s angry wife. Of course, as in all of the novels by Larry Brooks, nothing is as it seems. Schmitt doesn¿t know that when he begrudgingly takes the job, he¿s entering a spider¿s web that is filled with beautiful deadly women, the ultra rich, untold lies, betrayal from every side, murder galore, and that his life may be the next one laid out on the chopping board. Before this deadly game of cat and mouse is over, Schmitt won¿t know whom to trust or where the next bullet is coming from. Unlike DARKNESS BOUND & SERPENT¿S DANCE, the fourth novel by Larry Brooks is low on sex, but filled with high-tension eroticism. This book is abound with incredibly beautiful, sexy, intelligent, aggressive, dominant women who manipulate the main character as if he were a pawn in a chess match, carefully maneuvering him for the final kill. Brooks skillfully weaves an intricate structure of mistrust and deceit and unbelievable suspense that not only keeps our hero on his toes, but the reader as well. Nothing can prepare you for the ending. I never saw it coming. I thought with a smugness that I knew exactly what was going to happen in the last twenty or so pages (of course, this is after several startling surprises), but boy was I wrong! The author set me up and then pulled the rug out from under my feet with one swift movement. I¿m still feeling the affect two days later, amazed at how it was done. BAIT AND SWITCH is definitely a novel that both men and women will love, but a warning to the guys out there. Like Larry Brooks¿ first novel, DARKNESS BOUND, this book is also a learning manual for women on how to control and manipulate the men in their lives. The male population won¿t have a chance after the ladies read this!! Read BAIT AND SWITCH, and then you¿ll see that the war between the sexes has never been so deadly and so delicious.