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- Publisher: Myrmidon Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 28mm | 363g
- Publication date: 1 April 2009
- Publication City/Country: Newcastle
- ISBN 10: 1905802153
- ISBN 13: 9781905802159
- Illustrations note: maps
- Sales rank: 468,655
Kate Kenyon, the wealthy young widow of an English aristocrat, has an addiction to mortal risk. She feeds it by engaging in the armed robbery of priceless artefacts with her accomplice and lover Ethan Brand. Their latest target is a priceless 'Byzantine' icon hidden in the tower of a chateau by Lake Lucerne. So far they have never had to shoot anyone. This time will be different. Thomas Malloy is a retired CIA man looking for his first lucrative freelance assignment. His chance comes with a presidential favour to a rich but ailing televangelist. Malloy's task seems simple enough: pick up the preacher's newly acquired painting from a Zurich bank and get it to the airport. But, once in Switzerland, Malloy's old friend, the enigmatic Contessa Claudia de Medici tries to warn him off his mission. Sir Julian Corbeau is an international criminal holed up in Switzerland to avoid US extradition proceedings. He is also the sadistic head of the modern Knights Templar. He had the painting and now he desperately wants it back and swears to wreak a bloody revenge upon those who stole it.
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Craig Smith holds a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Southern Illinois and is a former professor of English and Humanities at the University of North Colorado. His first novel, published in the UK and Australia as Silent She Sleeps and in the States as The Whisper of Leaves, won a bronze medal in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards. Craig Smith lives with his wife in Lucerne, Switzerland.
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