The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd is a new, fast-moving thriller. The main character, stone mason Steve Vail, is an ex-FBI agent with the strength of a weight lifter, nerves of steel, and the personal code of a warrior. Vail was fired from the Bureau for insubordination, but because of his reputation as a talented and resourceful investigator, the FBI resorts to seeking his help with a difficult case. Someone is out to kill high-profile targets, with the aim of both getting a lot of money and making the Bureau look bad. He's killed twice already, so time is of the essence. Vail agrees to help and teams up with the beautiful and intelligent Kate Bannon, a Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI. Vail's bravado and knack for spotting for unresolved loose ends allow him to stay a step ahead of everyone else in tracking the killer, who knows a bit too much about the inner workings of the Bureau. Chock full of plot twists, The Bricklayer is a page-turner that's hard to put down and sure to find success in the market.
I had the chance to send a few questions to Mr. Boyd by email, which he was kind enough to answer:
What made you want to start writing thrillers?
It wasn't my intention to become a writer. I wrote my first book, against FBI edicts, to expose the obstructionism by Bureau management. Once the first book became a bestseller, the offers came in and it looked like a better retirement job than a security guard at Walmart.
How did you come up with the idea of Steve Vail? How did you pick his name?
I suppose my main characters have always been recalcitrant. I thought someone who had been fired by the FBI and had such a great disdain for bosses that he worked at a labor's job so he didn't have to answer to anyone would make a character who was true to his core values.
I chose his profession because my father was a bricklayer. His name came to me when, sitting in a doctor's office, I saw on a diploma that his middle name was Vaill. I thought it was a great name but the double L was a little too European, so I settled on "Vail." I've always like the name Steve; it's sounds strong to me.
Are you working on another Steve Vail book?
Thank you, Mr. Boyd. I look forward to Steve Vail's next adventure!