The Devil's Baitby Jeffrey J. Mariotte
"Jeff Mariotte has written a compelling heroine in banker Jessie Dawn Cutler, whose well-ordered world implodes when she witnesses a cold-blooded killing by her biggest client. Now Jessie must pit her courage and resourcefulness against a remorseless killer whose reach is limitless. In this heart-pounding thriller set against the glittering backdrop of international banking, Jessie must hold her own against tremendous odds to survive.
"Fast-paced and gripping, THE DEVIL'S BAIT takes you full-throttle from beginning to end. One heck of a ride!"
-J. Carson Black, bestselling author of DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN and THE SHOP
- Quattro Media Inc.
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)
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The book has a slow start, builds a head of steam in the middle, then tapers off near the end. The main character, Jessica Cutler didn't at first generate much approbation or sympathy. The character didn't click for me. Jessica, a personal relationship banker for the ridiculously rich, witnesses one of her clients gun down some of his rivals in a shot out. Realizing her precarious position, she runs for her life. Jessica finds she can't deal with the situation alone and hires a personal body guard off the internet. This is where the real gem of this book emerges. Morgan Byrd is tougher than a three dollar steak that is too well done. He looks like he has been ridden hard and put away wet too often. Yet he keeps coming back for more. This is a character you would want to wrap a book around. The focus of the book would have been better if it centered fully on Byrd with Jessica as the minor character. Book provided for review by the author and Malevolent Books.
This was yet another great thriller read from the author! There are so many twists and turns throughout this story that you get halfway through and realize that you have no idea what's going to happen! I thought I had the story figured out about a quarter of the way through, and was totally blown away with the way it turned out. As a normally perceptive person and should have picked up on what was going to happen, but somehow the author managed to twist it in a way that I never saw it coming! This is definitely a book that won't disappoint you! I recommend it to anyone that loves a good thriller :)
See those few lines up there under the book description?? Well they do not do justice to how awesome this read is! I'm not much into the banking world, no matter that I have a degree in Business Management and have taken lots of Accounting courses, I still don't get stocks, bonds, etc... No worries, The Devil's Bait isn't "stuffy". It is a fast paced, exciting, funny, suspenseful read! Jessie is a go-getter, not one to ever back down from a challenge. When she witnesses multiple murders, at the hand of Richard Steele, her handsome, rich client, and someone she doesn't know, Jessie soon realizes she has been involved in something bigger than she ever expected and her life is at stake. Going on the run is her only option. Hiding out at her estranged sister Joan's house she meets her niece Cassie. With the help of a hired cowboy-type mercenary named Morgan, she takes off on a whirlwind race to beat Steele to his money, and come out with her life. With a not seen coming turn of events closing the book out, The Devil's Bait is a thriller that will not disappoint. I can't wait to read this novel again, I enjoyed it that much!!
The Devil's Bait is a book that will keep you turning the pages until you reach the end. The main character, Jessie is on the run to find the truth about one of her clients Richard Steele. Richard Steele is her biggest client and Jessie works to manage his money. She witnesses Richard and one of his hired men murder several men with guns in a parking garage. She realizes Richard is a criminal and takes the information to her boss. She realizes that people she worked with and trusted are just as guilty as Richard Steele. When she tries to go home, she notices that her apartment was searched and she also notices men are following her. She is even pushed from a subway platform. She tries to report her information to the government, but the person she is to talk to is the guy from the night before. He was with Richard Steele that night killing those men in the parking garage. She escapes before he sees her and realizes she must go into hiding. Through Jessie's journey of survival, she is forced to rely on herself as the people she thought she could trust was not so. She turns to the last person, but the only person she can trust, her own sister. Not only does she bond with her sister, but she gains a niece! Jessie also hires Morgan, a bodyguard. Morgan quickly becomes her friend and someone she can trust. She has her doubts about him at times, but realizes he is there for her. The entire book was intense. I felt scared for Jessie because she was forced to hide. She was on her own. She had no one to trust. She had to hide from her life, her job, the government, and everything important to her. Her bosses, the government, and Richard Steele were all after her, they wanted her dead. She had to rely on herself to find safety. This book reminds me that evil does not win. If you like mystery and suspense, you will enjoy The Devil's Bait. This book is full of action and drama too.