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Six strangers wake up on a remote island in the Florida Keys with no memory of their arrival. They soon discover their common bond: all of them are heroin addicts. As the first excruciating pangs of withdrawal make themselves felt, the six notice a yacht anchored across open water. On it lurk four shadowy figures, protected by the hungry sharks that patrol the waves. So begins a dangerous game. The six must undertake the impossible swim to the next island where a cache of heroin awaits, or die trying. When alliances form, betrayal is inevitable. As the fight to survive intensifies, the stakes reach terrifying heights and their captors motives finally begin to emerge."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 281 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 17.78mm | 204.12g
  • Plume Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 0142180254
  • 9780142180259
  • 1,140,990

About J Kent Messum

J. Kent Messum is an author and a musician, and always bets on the underdog. He lives in Toronto with his wife, dog, and three cats.
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Praise for"Bait"
Reading J. Kent Messum s"Bait"is like taking a high dive into black water. What you find in its murky depths isdisturbing, pulse-pounding and utterly surprising. An exhilarating debut. Megan Abbott, Edgar-Award-winning author of "Dare Me"
The stakes could be no higher in this crisply written, fast-paced novel that examines the shifting line between right and wrong, good and evil. "Bait" will keep readers turning pages late into the night.
Lori Roy, Edgar-Award-winning author of "Bent Road" and "Until She Comes Home"
""Jaws" meets "Lord of the Flies" meets "Drugstore Cowboy"! A powerhouse debut. The horror dawns on the reader as it dawns on the characters, making for a mesmerizing, one-sitting read." - Steve Ulfelder, Edgar-Award finalist author of "Purgatory Chasm "and "The Whole Lie""
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751 ratings
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4 30% (222)
3 31% (236)
2 15% (109)
1 6% (43)
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