The Baby Merchants - Lillian O'Donnell This is the second novel in the omnibus I mentioned in my recent review of [book:Maigret and the Black Sheep].

How can one resist this blurb?:

Joe Capretto and his wife, Norah Mulcahaney, police detectives in New York, want to adopt a child. At the same time Joe is working on the investigation of a big drug smuggling ring. Though they find out adoption is difficult enough these days, they are startled and frightened by the connection they uncover between the two projects in this very credible and gripping thriller.

Alas, it turns out the blurb is the best part of this novel. I wasn't even able to finish it, it's just so dully and amateurishly written.