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A grieving mother. A mysterious child. And a dedicated PI who's determined to solve the puzzle.

For three years, Kate Marshall has been mourning the loss of her husband and four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on a mall escalator, she's convinced it's her son. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan for help. As the former Secret Service agent digs into the case, the boating "accident" begins to look increasingly suspicious. But if Kate's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden--and may go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret.
As Irene Hannon's many fans have come to expect, Deceived is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plotline that accelerates to an explosive finish.

Praise for Irene Hannon's Private Justice Series

"Yet another in the line of terrific reads by this author . . . rich with suspense."--Suspense Magazine on Deceived

"A home run."--Library Journal on Trapped

"Spine-tingling."--Booklist on Trapped

"Just the right amount of suspense, danger, and deception."--New York Journal of Books on Trapped

"An engaging, satisfying tale."--Publishers Weekly on Vanished

"A wonderful mix of suspense and romance."--RT Book Reviews on Vanished

Irene Hannon is the author of more than forty-five novels, including Vanished, Trapped, and the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, two HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers' Choice Award, and a National Readers' Choice Award. In addition, she is a Christy Award finalist, and Booklist included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. Learn more at

The Author

  1. Irene Hannon

    Irene Hannon

    Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than 65 contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. In addition to her many other honors, she is a three-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America. She is...

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Praise for Irene Hannon's Private Justice Series


"The queen of inspirational romantic suspense hits a home run with this compelling follow-up to Vanished. Hannon's many fans and readers who enjoy Travis Thasher will want this one."--Library Journal

"The icy cold snowstorm won't be the only thing giving readers the shivers as RITA- and Carol Award-winning Hannon once again demonstrates her mastery at crafting spine-tingling romantic thrillers that, without graphic violence and language, utterly enthrall readers."--Booklist

"Irene Hannon has written a tale of suspense that has all of the elements needed to become a bestseller. It comes as no surprise that she's a two-time RITA Award winner, and that she has garnered a host of other awards. With more than thirty-five novels to her credit, she knows how to develop characters and stories that readers love to embrace. With just the right amount of suspense, danger, and deception, Trapped is engaging and satisfying. The prose is crisp and to the point, creating the scene effortlessly. A worthwhile read."--New York Journal of Books

"You may have a case of white-knuckle-book-fever before the end, but the romance region of your heart won't be able to keep itself from rooting for Dev and Laura to save the day . . . and for them to finally be able to land in each other's arms."--USA Today's Happily Ever After blog


"Hannon's intricately developed characters struggle with complex moral issues, bringing into question whether the ends ever do justify the means. An engaging, satisfying tale that will no doubt leave readers anxiously anticipating the next installment."--Publishers Weekly

"With the intense mixture of romance, mystery, darkness, and suspense, the author has done a great job introducing some truly interesting characters, including a 'bad guy' who will completely surprise readers."--Suspense Magazine

"Hannon's latest has a wonderful mix of suspense and romance."--RT Book Reviews

"Hannon continues to prove her expertly honed suspense skills in this newest installment of the Private Justice series, which delivers on every level."

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"This next book in the incredible Private Justice series is yet another in the line of terrific reads by this author. Likeable characters and a plot rich with suspense, this lady's books are definitely worth reading."

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