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    DescriptionKate 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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    Title
    The Painted Messiah
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Craig Smith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781905802159
    ISBN 10: 1905802153
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: FJ
    BIC E4L: THR
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC subject category V2: FH
    DC22: FIC, 813.54
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    LC subject heading: ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FT
    Libri: I-FT
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 36
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC031000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PS3569.M51678 P35 2007
    Illustrations note
    maps
    Publisher
    Myrmidon Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Myrmidon Books Ltd
    Publication date
    01 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Newcastle
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    'I got paper friction burns on my fingers and pressure sores elsewhere because I could barely move until I'd finished it. Things were so tense that at several points I had to remind myself to breathe.' Dovegreyreader's literary blog'A marvellously thrilling book ... the distinction between villain and hero is constantly blurred... a most enthralling story.' Paul Doherty, author of the Hugh Corbett mysteries'...a rattling good yarn. Fast paced, exciting and very very filmic.' Random Jottings of a Book and Opera Lover