By Tom Harper
The totally compelling new mystery from the writer of The Lazarus Vault.To succeed in the residing, navigate the dead.In a villa at the coast of Montenegro, Abby Cormac witnesses the brutal homicide of her lover, diplomat Michael Lascaris. the very last thing she recalls is a gun pointed at once at her. She wakes to discover herself on the centre of a diplomatic nightmare. all people desires a solution yet nobody desires to hear. Even her employers on the overseas place of work think she's hiding whatever. She is totally alone.As Abby attempts to piece jointly the previous couple of months of Michael's lifestyles on the way to get on the fact, she quickly realises that he wasn't fairly what he appeared. What precisely was once his courting with probably the most ruthless males within the Balkans - a conflict legal who hasn't ever been delivered to justice? And what hyperlinks Michael's present to her of a gold necklace with its Christian monogram, a 4th century manuscript left within the shadow of Emperor Constantine's palace at Trier and an inscription on a tomb in Rome?When Abby investigates additional, it turns into transparent that somebody desires to suppress a mystery, person who has been saved hidden for hundreds of years. and they're going to cease at not anything to do so.From the Paperback variation.
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I try to wipe off the written page, but the blood’s congealed. All I do is smear it. Shadows of words swim beneath the stain like fish under ice – unreachable. ’ I look up. The librarian’s returned with a young man – tall, with a handsome face and tousled black hair. He’s dressed in a plain black robe and sandals, his hands are stained so dark at first I think he must be wearing gloves. Then I realise it’s ink. Then I wonder if there’s anything else with it. I gesture to the empty desk. ’ The youth nods.
Sprawled on the poolside, she saw it all from ground level. The scattered briefcase and overturned table; the marble gods looking down on her. And at the far end of the terrace, two men locked in a struggle over the abyss. Michael threw a punch that didn’t connect; his opponent grabbed his arm and jerked it back, spinning him around to face the cliff. They stood there for a second like two lovers staring at a sunset. Then, with a brusque motion, the man kicked out Michael’s feet and pushed him forward.
They told me to tell you not to worry about rushing back. ’ Abby stood in the kitchen area and looked down on him. The flat’s top floor was open plan, three rooms squeezed into the space of one, with the kitchen raised above the living area by a couple of steps. She felt as if she was floating above him. Don’t make me stay here, she thought. He reached inside his jacket and gave her a card embossed with the Foreign Office crest. Mark Wilson, Office of Balkan Liaison. ’ She barely survived the weekend.