Sunken Pyramid (Rogue Angel, Book 45)

By Alex Archer, Jean Rabe

The be aware from her good friend and colleague had learn "I have particularly the monster so you might chase, pricey Annja." after which prior to she may perhaps converse to him, he'd been discovered lifeless within the hotel's stairwell. It didn't appeared attainable. Annja Creed have been expecting 3 days of geeking out on the archaeology convention in Madison, Wisconsin, after which this tragedy moves. And his is barely the 1st dying over the lengthy weekend.

Determined to enquire her friend's death—and discover why one other colleague she trusts is arrested because the best suspect—Annja starts off accumulating the items of a cryptic puzzle. A small number of Mayan gold medallions. The dying of a potter. The violent visual appeal of a teenaged lady with an odd eco-friendly knife. And on the heart of the puzzle, an historic mound pyramid purportedly hidden on the backside of a Wisconsin lake. That's a discovery that may thoroughly rewrite Mesoamerican heritage.

With each one puzzle piece Annja Creed discovers, the secret grows extra risky. And what she is aware can—and most likely will—kill her.

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Aeschelman greeted them with champagne, which Garin declined. He desired to stay alert, and he was once happy Rembert his lead. He stayed just a little at the back of the photographer’s shoulder, making sure that he wouldn’t prove within the video. there have been a dozen others current, or even even though the suite was once huge, the visitors made the room suppose uncomfortably shut. Perfumes and scented oils mingled and made Garin’s eyes water. a skinny guy used to be smoking, regardless of lodge rules. The youngest was once an archaeologist Garin had noticed the day before today attempting to steer clear of the journalists within the foyer; he had the wide-pupil glance of getting simply performed a line of cocaine. there have been different males who’d been donning badges past within the day. So Garin had accounted for the archaeologists within the circle who have been attending the conference—two bidding and promoting for themselves, one appearing as a dealer; he suspected the dealer to be the cocaine boy. all the bidders have been dressed equally to Garin, the single girl in a protracted brown skirt that used to be no longer style to her broad hips. He noticed Aeschelman’s muscle, males with thick hands who have been pretending to seem drawn to the goods on demonstrate. after they became, he may perhaps see bulges lower than their jackets that have been handguns of a few sort. Garin nudged Rembert ahead, previous a counter that held an array of wines. Garin famous an expensive Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara that he loved. The collection should still definitely conceal with reference to anyone’s palate and used to be way over this accumulating may drink, he mused. The appetizers represented every little thing he’d noticeable to be had from the dining-room menu: grilled flat bread, cheese and charcuterie, braised calamari, carpaccio of lamb, smoked-salmon rillettes, poached pears and tuna crudo. could the lodge be appalled in the event that they knew what occasion they'd catered right here? He smiled on the proposal and stuck Rembert eyeing the meals. He nudged him back, farther into the suite. It was once the safeguard Garin desired to see back, and out of interest the opposite goods up for bid tonight. The guard was once the center piece, in the course of the marble-topped credenza. one among Aeschelman’s nattily-dressed goons begun passing out white cotton gloves and telling the visitors they can basically contact what they have been bidding on, after which provided that they have been severe. “You don’t like wine, Mr. Knight? ” Aeschelman had moved as much as Garin and gestured towards the show of beverages and nutrition. “Afterward,” Garin stated. “I locate that alcohol clouds my judgment. ” Aeschelman smiled, and in that second Garin pictured the fellow as a crocodile in a prior lifestyles. “I comprehend, Mr. Knight. You don’t wish the alcohol to make you bid greater than you’ve deliberate on, eh? and fascinating that you just wish the protect. ” “Why? ” This from Rembert. “Shield, knight—the accidental humor isn't misplaced on me. ” Aeschelman glided away to speak to the girl within the brown skirt. “I by no means asked,” Rembert stated, conserving his voice to simply above a whisper. “Why are you curious about the protect? ” “I am drawn to loads of issues, Mr. Hayes.

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