I'm not sure it's possible to come up with a mystery/suspense/thriller word for all twenty-six letters of the alphabet, but that's what I'm aiming for.
Today is the first day of Arlee Bird's Blog Boggled: Blogging From A to Z April Challenge, and I'm determined to make it all the way to Z by sticking to my genre theme. This is no April Fool's joke, even though it may turn out to be my April Fool's errand. Some letters could be difficult. We'll see.
But let's get to get back to the today's topic: A is for Assassin
Please note we're talking about assassins with a lower case a, not the upper case A Assassins, a whole different topic. The first definition of assassin at dictionary.com is: "a murderer, esp. one who kills a politically prominent person for fanatical or monetary reasons."
Writer Laurell K. Hamilton is quoted (at brainyquote.com) as saying, "You'd think a sociopath assassin wouldn't have a fan following but he does."
I don't know the context of this quote, whether Ms. Hamilton was speaking of vampires or humans, but I can believe what she says, just as I believe most serial killers have a fan following of sorts.
There is an assassin in my current manuscript, the one I'm still revising. I'm hoping he has a fan following someday. Albert Getz is a killer who is out to get his client, Benny Ortega. Albert has an unfortunate run of bad luck on the job, suffering one accident after another, until he...well, that would be giving away a crucial piece of the plot. Let's just say an assassin should not be accident prone. It's unseemly.
Speaking of assassins, a recent article at POPSCI described an Air Force Flying Assassin Robot, a drone that can isolate and dispose of individuals without taking out innocent bystanders at the same time.
Albert's line of work may soon be obsolete.