The exposé/advocacy novel has a long and successful history in bringing to 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,” what Mary Jane Ward did to expose the horrors of insane asylums in “The Snake Pit,” and Harriet Beecher Stowe did to indict slavery in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” Mike Slosberg in his latest novel “A Baby To Die For” takes on the horrors of the black market adoption racket.
In a deft and suspenseful story, Slosberg deals with every aspect of this subject from all points of view in order to illustrate the corrosive and corrupt practices of what has become a vast worldwide industry operating just under the radar.
His story moves briskly with a colorful cast of characters, a fast-pace plot, and shifting points of view; We hear from the anguished couples who cannot conceive, from the lawyers and their middlemen who profit from baby mills where innocent young women conceive babies as cows produce calves which are sold as commodities to the highest bidder, from the young women coerced and captured by ruthless predators and forced to produce this human product, and from the entrepreneurs and their lackeys who use violence and intimidation to keep the production line operating.…