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The Tourist Killer

by FC Etier

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In his first novel, FCEtier delves into the mindset of a masters candidate and the events that take the student on a career path to the top of a lonely profession. We meet “The Shooter” as a mission is about to conclude and quickly become acquainted with a conflicted individual seeking resolution to inner conflicts as a phenomenal career enters its twilight years. Then another assignment comes up almost immediately.

How does an individual become a target? Who makes the life-ending decision? The cast includes potential victims, security staffs, and several eccentric characters including an aging hippie who speaks only in song lyrics and a former FBI agent with diverse interests. The role of Julian F. Thibaut, the enigmatic billionaire member of the one percent of the one percenters, changes with the winds and adds doubt to the already unstable status quo.

As the action proceeds on several fronts, the shooter battles conscience, hired killers, and burn-out while juggling relationships and attempts at normalcy. In this fast-paced story with political overtones, FCEtier takes readers on a thrilling ride while addressing personal, business, and governmental ethics.

Praise for The Tourist Killer

In his exhilarating debut thriller, author FCEtier introduces readers to a memorable cast of characters, some of whom surprisingly actually make it to the last page. The Tourist Killer is populated by an aging gun-for-hire considering retirement, two ultra-rich, politically powerful men who despise each other, a grizzled "mountain man," a group of senior citizens who hang out in an "old man's bar," a paranoid tailor who speaks in song lyrics, and a mix of eccentrics and everyday folk.

The Tourist Killer opens with a bang as the assassin takes aim at a serial killer who has eluded police for years. Then on to the next assignment, which takes place largely in North Carolina and Tennessee. Part of the charm of The Tourist Killer (yes, a political thriller can have charm) is that the author incorporates authentic locations and what may be favorite restaurants and shops, providing the reader with a travelogue of sorts.

"The Tourist Killer" is fast-paced and one wild rollercoaster of a ride - shootings and ambushes on mountain roads alternate with flashbacks of events that have helped shape the main characters and what will happen in Atlanta.

The Tourist Killer is the best book I have read in a long time. I am sitting in a room cold enough to see my breath, but it is hard to tear myself away from the computer screen, because I want to see what is going to happen next. I do not want to inject spoilers in the review, but I will say that the shooter is not whom we expect it to be, and the age and background of the shooter is a refreshing angle. The moral question should nag the killer but doesn't and we finally see the killer's reasoning. I am a True Crime fan, and a Mystery/Thriller fan and I have read hundreds of books from these genres, so I know how one that is well-written reads.

One thing you have to give FCTier credit for is that he is willing to tackle rather tricky plots -- plots that could easily run off the rails at any point -- and yet they don't. In "The Tourist Killer," one of the best political/assassination reads that I have read in a long time -- indeed, I couldn't put it down. We have powerplayers trying to whack other powerplayers, while an aging "hired gun" wants to go out walking at the end of a long and deadly career.

Author Bio

Born in Louisiana, FC Etier spent most of his adult life in Baton Rouge, eventually splitting his time between Baton Rouge and Gulfport, Mississippi. Hurricane Katrina sent him in search of a safer harbor, which he found in Western North Carolina. With an eye for the unusual found within the usual, Etier has been involved with photography for many years. He began freelance writing several years ago, concentrating on music and book reviews and essays. His writing influences range from Dr. Seuss and Ernest Hemingway to William Safire, Ferrol Sams, Mark Twain, Miriam Goldberg, Ian Fleming, Michael Crichton, Carl Hiaasen, James A. Michener, Caleb Pirtle and John Grisham.

FC Etier is a husband, father, grandfather, pharmacist, photographer, and author. He and his wife live in North Carolina near Cold Mountain along with their three dogs and three cats.

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