Get to know David C. Hall on Friday!!!
From the Back Cover:
Chicago restaurateur Elso Bari specializes in locating those who don’t want to be found, but in the shadowy worlds of private security and organized crime, it can be hard to distinguish the hunters from the hunted.
Elso Bari runs a restaurant in Chicago, and a sideline in private investigation. A stylish connoisseur of fine wines and gourmet cuisine, he’s also no stranger to the seedier side of city life. His debt to a powerful organization obliges him to investigate the suspicious death of one of its employees, a man with ties to international art trafficking. The trail leads Elso to Barcelona, where he becomes entangled in the hunt for a female contract killer who uses sex as a weapon—and is too smart to be tracked down by just anybody. Elso is comfortable moving in the shadows, but the deeper he delves into the criminal underworld, the harder it is to know whom he’s working for and whom he’s seeking, let alone why. Award-winning author David C. Hall navigates the murky waters of morality and transports the hard-boiled American thriller to the Mediterranean, giving a cosmopolitan twist to this action-packed tale of murder, sex, and betrayal.
My Two Cents:
If someone had told me prior to reading this book that I would become enthralled in a mystery surrounding art trafficking – I would have told them to stop drinking. Okay, I may have first queried whether there was such a thing...but then I would have laughed. Once I began reading, I was thoroughly sucked into the art underworld right along with Elso Bari. I loved straight-forward, edgy Elso – the mercenary with a heart. He was just the right balance of caring and hard ass. Mr. Hall brought Barcelona alive, with his knowledge of the good, bad, and ugly of the Mediterranean hotspot. It was a page-turner from start to finish, and the suspense never waned. The ending left open the possibility of another adventure with Elso, which I am eagerly awaiting.
Stop by Friday and meet the author,
David C. Hall!!