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Lowcountry Bribe

(The first book in the Carolina Slade Mystery series)
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A killer wants to make certain she buys the farm.

Threats, a missing boss, a very dead co-worker, a high-level investigation, and a sinister hog farmer: Lowcountry Ag Department manager Carolina Slade is a bean-counting civil servant in hot water.

Carolina Slade is a by-the-book county manager for the Department of Agriculture - a civil servant who coordinates federal loans for farmers in the coastal lowcountry of South Carolina. When one of her clients, a hog farmer named Jessie Rawlings, offers her a bribe, Slade reports Jessie to her superiors. The next thing she knows, she's besieged by Resident Agent-In-Charge Wayne Largo from the Feds' IG Office in Atlanta. He and his partner have come to investigate Slade's accusations, and if possible catch Jessie in the act of handing over money.

However, the IG isn't telling Slade everything. The agents are also investigating the disappearance of Slade's boss the year before in connection to possible land fraud. And when the sting on Jessie goes bad, the case is put on hold and Wayne is called back to Atlanta, leaving Slade to fear not only for her life and job, but for her childrens' safety.

Author C. Hope Clark, the granddaughter of a Mississippi cotton farmer, holds a BS in Agriculture from Clemson University and has 25 years' experience with the US Department of Agriculture. Now an award-winning writer, she manages, a weekly newsletter service she founded that reaches almost 50,000 writers including university professors, professional journalists, and published mystery authors. Writer's Digest has recognized the site in its annual 101 Best Web Sites for Writers for a dozen years. Hope is married to a 30-year veteran of federal law enforcement, a Senior Special Agent, now a private investigator. They live in South Carolina, on the banks of Lake Murray. Hope is hard at work on the next novel in her Carolina Slade Mystery Series. Visit her at

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Paperback Editions

January 2012 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Lowcountry Bribe: A Carolina Slade Mystery
Author(s): C Clark
ISBN: 1-61194-090-7 / 978-1-61194-090-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
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Audio Editions

December 2012 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Lowcountry Bribe
Author(s): C Hope Clark
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December 2012 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Lowcountry Bribe
Author(s): C Hope Clark
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
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Kindle Editions

January 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Lowcountry Bribe: 1 (A Carolina Slade Mystery)
Author(s): C Hope Clark
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