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A Baby To Die For

Set in the early seventies, when Roe Vs Wade was appealing its way toward the United States Supreme Court, the number of families wanting to adopt a baby – ideally a Caucasian infant – was exploding.

This “perfect storm” gave rise to an extremely profitable business––a black market in babies– a so-called “victimless” crime––but with plenty of victims.

One such victim is determined to seek revenge and, in the process, destroy the baby-selling Network. The plan he devises will keep you riveted to every page of this exciting novel.


Slosberg delivers an emotional gut punch to the reader in this thriller, set in 1972 and involving the American black market for adoption. New Yorkers Ellen and Tuck Handler are desperate to have a child after Ellen suffers two miscarriages. Their doctor has warned against any further attempts to get pregnant, since he believes they would imperil Ellen’s life. The Handlers explore adoption through a reputable agency, only to be laughed at by the social worker, Harriet Flynn, for the list they’ve drawn up of their ideal baby’s characteristics. Flynn notes that the recent Roe v. Wade decision will only lower the number of infants available, and the Handlers decide to explore the shady underworld where babies are bought and sold. The windup isn’t quite as effective as the setup, but Slosberg does a good job of incorporating ethical issues into his plot.
Publishers Weekly

In Slosberg’s … third novel, a ruthless lawyer, a New York City detective and a vengeful sister collide in the wrenching world of black market adoptions…the intricate plotting throws in…gut-wrenching surprises and leads to a solid ending that lives up to its title. A thriller that refreshingly addresses tough issues…

Kirkus Reviews

A Novel Worth Reading

The expose/advocacy novel has a long and successful history in bringing to A the world’s attention the cruelty of entrenched injustice. Mike Slosberg’s A BABY TO DIE FOR fits squarely into that tradition. What Upton Sinclair did for the meat slaughtering industry in his novel, THE JUNGLE, and Harriet Beecher Stowe did to indict slavery in UNCLE TOM’S CABIN…A BABY TO DIE FOR takes on the horrors of the black market adoption racket….It has been a while since we heard from a novelist with the skill and knowledge to…[produce] a thriller that gets to the heart of the subject and calls our attention to the duplicity, horror and heartbreak that ensue when evil perpetrators exploit the natural human yearning for offspring.

Warren Adler

Author, The War of the Roses

Start reading early or this novel will keep you up all night! Slosberg’s thriller plunges the reader into the world of barren couples desperate for a child and the predators who exploit them….With taut writing and colorful characters, he plays with our emotions by depicting the…innocent young women coerced into…birthing babies to be sold off to the highest bidder, and the lawyers and middlemen who profit from them.

Gail Sheehy

Author of Passages

Mike Slosberg’s novel is a modern juggernaut. So clearly written with pace and intensity, bathed in a compassionate liquid that is the most primal of our humanity: procreation and the next best thing, adoption—at any cost.

Steve Guttenberg

Actor, Writer, Humanitarian