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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
In The Art Flogger by C. Edgar North, the reader meets Lynda DuPont, a successful Fine Art auctioneer on cruise ships. She thrives at what she does. From the moment the cruise ship casts off, her gallery is open and displaying some of the many pieces of art on sale. Each bears an exorbitant retail price many times above their actual cost. When she marries the man she loves, she decides to settle on Cozumel Island where she runs a thriving business for tourists while encouraging local artists. But things change abruptly when her husband, Dan, dies. She sells her business and move to Bellingham, Washington, close to her family, where she establishes her art auctioning business. But a client is about to destroy her life. A billionaire who turns out to be a drug lord from Texas asks her to auction his art collection. Lynda’s life and career are on the line when the DEA investigates sales in connection to cocaine.
C. Edgar North writes beautifully and creates characters that are not just rock-solid but realistic. The opening chapter explores the beginning of the career of the protagonist and lays the background for a strong conflict. The crisis point is the moment of her husband’s death and it only escalates with the arrival in her life of the kingpin of a cartel. The sense of pathos builds up as the reader takes a liking to the strong female protagonist and wants to see what happens to her. Using suspense and the unique skill of writing characters and scenes that are real, the author sustains the interest of the reader and prompts them to turn the pages. The Art Flogger is skillfully plotted and features characters that are nuanced. An interesting read!