Thrillers attract my attention for the most part. I enjoy books that keep me on the edge of my seat. Thrillers with good twists usually get my attention as well. You know one of those books that you can’t put down because the author keeps it suspenseful.
Dyal Bailey has one of those kind of thrillers right now. The Artisan: An Artistic Assassin Thriller is the first book of the series and one it doesn’t sound like will disappoint.
Bailey’s writing career began way back when she was only three years old. She loved to read picture books – even when she got into trouble for reading a book she shouldn’t have.
As a teen, Bailey read two to three large bags of books every week. She was so interested in books that she sometimes missed dinner. She even had books pried out of her hands.
Bailey attended the University of Florida and signed up for her first writing class. However, her grandmother died causing Bailey to miss the first two classes. This resulted in her being kicked out of the class.
Bailey never gave up on writing, though. She sent query letters to three magazines about being a bartender since she and her husband owned a restaurant. All three magazines accepted her offer.
From there, her professional experience grew. She edited a newspaper, wrote two novels and a humorous column, published a humorous book, and began screenwriting. She wrote three screenplays in a year and a half.
With help from producer and screenwriter Paul J. Salamoff, one of these screenplays became the novel, The Artisan.
Bailey lives on Thurmond Lake in Augusta, Georgia, with her husband Craig and five of their seven children. She loves to travel and continues reading anything and everything she can on her Kindle.
Thriller and humor
The Artisan is a thriller like no other. It’s a thriller mixed with humor. The novel pokes fun at those things we don’t normally laugh about but take seriously.
The story is about Dr. Rafaela Ramos, a beautiful biochemical assassin for the CIA. She makes these untraceable hits for the CIA by infecting the victims with a “virus.” This “virus” makes it look as though the victim died a natural death.
Rafaela is burned out with her CIA work. She takes a few days off and helps out a fellow scientist. Together they do some biochemistry that Rafaela hopes to do one day.
However, Rafaela doesn’t realize her coworker is being used as bait. He lures her into a deadly web.
According to the book’s description, “And although she thinks she’s impervious to being made vulnerable in any way, she arrives on her seemingly innocuous vacation and soon falls in love! By the time she realizes this strike of Cupid’s arrow is part two in the evil design of her sadistic nemesis—it’s already too late.”
This novel has more than humor and suspense to me. Perhaps even some romance, too? That makes this debut thriller sound even more appealing to me. What do you think?