C. edgar North writes beautifully and creates characters that are not just rock-solid but are realistic. The Art Flogger is a deeply engrossing novel that encompasses and combines two wonderfully niche sub-genres: the art world and criminal drug trafficking.
Linda DuPont has a successful career as a Fine Art Auctioneer on cruise ships until she marries the love of her life and settles on the island of Cozumel, Mexico. There she partners with her husband, successfully growing a tourist diving operation, boosting local artists and raising three children. Tragedy strikes when her husband, Dan dies. She sells the business and moves to Bellingham, Washington, to be close to family.
Eventually, she establishes as a famous art auctioneer in demand across America. She is approached by a Texan billionaire to help sell some of his art collection, unaware he is a king pin in a Colombian drug cartel. As the DEA begins to investigate art sales linked to cocaine dealers, she is eliminated as a loose end.