The Betrayed (2006)

“”Hosp delivers another satisfying mystery, living up to the promise of his first novel, Dark Harbor…”
– Library Journal
Okay, so I’d finished DARK HARBOR, and much to my shock, publishers were interested. Not just American publishers, either, but publishers overseas as well. It was weird. It was fun. It was a little bit scary, particularly when I realized that everyone expected me to write another novel. I was still working full time as a lawyer and my wife and I had a two-year-old son and a newborn daughter. Things were crazy, and the thought of adding more stress into the mix seemed crazier still.

And yet, as I thought more about it, it wasn’t that crazy. Writing is a joy to me. That isn’t to say that it isn’t hard, and even painful sometimes, but it provides a release and a creative outlet that I need. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I would continue to write whether anyone was paying me, or whether I was getting published. As long as I would be doing it anyway, better to be paid and published, I figured.

When I sat down to write THE BETRAYED, I drew heavily on my experiences living in Washington, D.C. as a law student years ago. A sense of place is important to me, and I tried to think of the city in which a book takes place as an extra clincher; as important to the plot and time of the novel as any other flesh and blood personae. I also drew heavily on my fascination with the eugenics movement in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century. If ever there has been a good example of the best intentions gone horribly wrong – with tragic and often macabre results – the eugenics movement, with its goal of strengthening and purifying the genetic pool by weeding out “inferior” genes, is it.

The Betrayed (2006)

432 pages
6 x 9
When Sydney Chaplin left D.C. nine years ago for college, she vowed never to return. But when her sister is found brutally murdered, she finds herself drawn once again into the shadowy web of her wealthy, powerful family. Joined by Washington detectives Jack Cassian and Darius Train, and driven by her need to know the truth about her sister’s death, Sydney will risk everything–her life and her family’s future–to find the answers.

From the gritty streets and crack dens of the District’s inner city, to the posh country clubs and gilded offices of the nation’s political elite, Sydney, Cassian, and Train must slip deep into a labyrinth of money, power, and deceit to uncover a decades-old conspiracy that could rock the nation.