While Eric Jerome Dickey is known for his romantic comedies and for his steamy explorations of adult relationships, but he has also dipped a toe in spy waters with a series of international thrillers that follow an operative named Gideon. This year’s A Wanted Woman finds Dickey introducing a new mercenary, a Memphis-raised woman who was born to parents of African heritage but who appears to be Caucasian. Reaper, who didn’t know her father until she was nearly a teenager, trains under him in the field of contract killing. Sent by her employers to dispatch a target on Trinidad, she unwittingly starts a war with a Laventille Killers cartel, and the battle hops the islands and ends up on Barbados.
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Stephen Usery is the producer of Book Talk, an author-interview program that airs daily on WYPL FM 89.3 and is sponsored by the Memphis Public Library. Usery also produces Mysterypod, an independent podcast focused on mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels. He lives in Memphis.