Diana Blanco is the best “bait” on the Madrid police force, a woman trained to attract the most dangerous psycho-killers. But she is sick of her job and tenders her resignation. She wants to live a normal life, after spending months unsuccessfully trying to attract the attention of the “Spectator”, a serial killer who has tortured, mutilated, and murdered more than fifteen women. But when the Spectator kidnaps Diana’s sister, she is forced to race against the clock to save her. She doesn’t know where to start, and she doesn’t know that hidden behind this murderer is a terrifying plot that directly affects her closest friends and family. Diana can’t trust anyone – not her mentor, her boyfriend, her best friend, not even her colleagues on the force – if she wants to save her sister and put a stop to the series of monstrous crimes that have Madrid in an uproar.
A classic thriller, a science fiction novel, a creation of a monstrous mind or maybe a mixture of all this, “The Bait” is yet another evidence of Jose Carlos Somoza’s talent. He is one of the most successful and most widely translated contemporary Spanish authors.
José Carlos Somoza is a prominent Spanish author born in Havana, Cuba. In 1960 his family moved to Spain after being exiled for political reasons. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in psychiatry, but he gave up medicine in order to be a full-time writer. Since 1994 he has dedicated his professional life entirely to writing. He is the author of six novels. In 2000 he was shortlisted for the Nadal Prize, one of the most important literary prizes in Spain. Somoza’s works are usually mixture of classic thriller and science fiction, wrapped in enigma. He manages to keep all the mysteries beguiling as they begin to wrap themselves around each other. The stories invariably come to a surprising and satisfying conclusion, leaving no doubt as to the mastery of Somoza's storytelling. Among his best known novels are “The Athenian Murders”, “The Bait”, “The Art of Murder” and “The Key of Doom”, all published in Bulgaria.