Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Map of Bones, A SIGMA Force Thriller by James Rollins, Now Available at a Special Price

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Map of Bones by James Rollins

Map of Bones by James Rollins

A SIGMA Force Thriller (2nd in series)

Publisher: William Morrow

Price: $1.99 (as of 08/30/2016 at 8:00 PM ET).

Map of Bones by James Rollins, Amazon Kindle format

The bones lead to ancient mysteries and present-day terror … To follow them means death …

During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of blood and destruction. But the killers have not come for gold; they seek a more valuable prize: the bones of the Magi who once paid homage to a newborn savior … a treasure that could reshape the world.

With the Vatican in turmoil, Sigma Force under the command of Grayson Pierce leaps into action, pursuing a deadly mystery that weaves through sites of the Seven Wonders of the World and ends at the doorstep of an ancient, mystical, and terrifying secret order. For there are those with dark plans for the stolen sacred remains that will alter the future of humankind … when science and religion unite to unleash a horror not seen since the beginning of time.

Map of Bones by James Rollins

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Hell Divers, The Hell Divers Trilogy by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, Now Available at a Special Price

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Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

The Hell Divers Trilogy

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Price: 99¢ (as of 08/30/2016 at 7:00 PM ET).

Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, Amazon Kindle format

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search for a habitable area to call home …

Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers: men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

When one of the remaining airships is damaged in an electrical storm, a Hell Diver team is deployed to a hostile zone called Hades. But there's something down there that's far worse than the mutated creatures discovered on dives in the past — something that threatens the fragile future of humanity.

Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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New This Week: The Blackmail Photos, A Traveling Man Thriller by Michael P. King

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The Blackmail Photos by Michael P. King

The Blackmail Photos by Michael P. King

A Traveling Man Thriller (3rd in series)

Publisher: Blurred Lines Press

Price: 99¢ (as of 08/30/2016 at 6:30 PM ET).

The Blackmail Photos by Michael P. King, Amazon Kindle format

See all three titles in the Travelers Series for $3.99 or less each on Kindle.

Blackmail. Deceit. Revenge.

The Travelers, going by the names George and Roslyn Harrison, entrap a congressional candidate with photos of his extramarital affair. But just as George is hatching a ploy to increase their ill-gotten gains, the candidate's wife uncovers the plot.

With their scheme careening sideways and the sheriff closing in, Roslyn receives news that drastically alters the scope of their plan. Is this a golden opportunity or a horrible misstep?

The Blackmail Photos by Michael P. King

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The Secret Servant, A Gabriel Allon Mystery by Daniel Silva, Now Available at a Special Price

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The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva

The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva

A Gabriel Allon Mystery (7th in series)

Publisher: Signet

Price: $1.99 (as of 08/30/2016 at 6:00 PM ET).

The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva, Amazon Kindle format

A terrorist plot in London leads Israeli spy Gabriel Allon on a desperate search for a kidnapped woman …

While in Amsterdam, Israeli intelligence officer and master art restorer Gabriel Allon discovers a plot that is about to explode in the middle of London. The daughter of the American ambassador is to be brutally kidnapped. But Gabriel arrives too late to save her. And when he reveals his face to the plot's masterminds, his fate is sealed as well.

Drawn once more into the service of American intelligence, Gabriel desperately searches for the missing woman as the clock ticks steadily toward the hour of her execution. The search will thrust him into an unlikely alliance with a man who has lost everything because of his devotion to Islam. It will cause him to question the morality of the tactics of his trade. And it might very well cost him his life …

The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva

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New This Week: Under the Dixie Moon, An Adel Destin Crime Novel by Ro Cuzon

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Under the Dixie Moon by Ro Cuzon

Under the Dixie Moon by Ro Cuzon

An Adel Destin Crime Novel (1st in series)

Publisher: 280 Steps

Price: $5.99 (as of 08/30/2016 at 5:30 PM ET).

Under the Dixie Moon by Ro Cuzon, Amazon Kindle format

See also the second crime novel in this series, Under the Carib Sun, also published this week for $5.99 on Kindle.

Four years after Hurricane Katrina and the death of his wife, New Orleans bar owner Adel Destin has just kicked his heroin habit when Sondra Williams — an ex-junkie who once revived him from an overdose — begs him to help her find her missing sister. Adel has no choice but to accept, and soon is on the trail of a serial killer targeting women living on the fringe of society.

Navigating temptations from his old life, dirty NOPD cops, and friends who turn to enemies in the delta heat, Adel must find the killer or end up framed for murder.

Under the Dixie Moon by Ro Cuzon

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The Breaking Point, A Body Farm Mystery by Jefferson Bass, Now Available at a Special Price

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The Breaking Point by Jefferson Bass

The Breaking Point by Jefferson Bass

A Body Farm Mystery (9th in series)

Publisher: William Morrow

Price: $1.99 (as of 08/30/2016 at 5:00 PM ET).

The Breaking Point by Jefferson Bass, Amazon Kindle format

It's been ten years since Dr. Bill Brockton created the Body Farm — the world's first postmortem research facility dedicated to advancing the frontiers of forensic science — and the researcher is at the pinnacle of his career. Under his leadership, the University of Tennessee's forensic anthropology program has become the most prominent in the world, and Brockton's skills and knowledge are in high demand among top law enforcement. Calling him in for a number of high profile cases, the FBI now wants him to identify the charred remains of a maverick millionaire, killed in a fiery plane crash.

But a storm is about to hit Brockton with cataclysmic force. First, his identification of the crash victim is called into question. Then he receives a threatening message from the serial killer who attempted to murder the scientist and his family a decade ago. And from Brockton's beloved wife Kathleen — his lodestone and his source of security — he gets the most shocking news of all. Will Brockton be able to weather this deluge … or has he finally reached the breaking point?

The Breaking Point by Jefferson Bass

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New This Week: The Lab Test, The Sydney Harbour Hospital Series by Chris Taylor

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The Lab Test by Chris Taylor

The Lab Test by Chris Taylor

The Sydney Harbour Hospital Series (6th in series)

Publisher: LCT Productions

Price: $5.99 (as of 08/30/2016 at 4:30 PM ET).

The Lab Test by Chris Taylor, Amazon Kindle format

See all six mysteries in the Sydney Harbour Hospital Series for $5.99 each on Kindle.

Danielle Porter is a wild child …

The product of a broken marriage and parents who never wanted children, she has done all she can to live up to her reputation, despite the desperate urgings of her younger sister, Sabrina.

Ten years later, Danielle has finally gotten her life together. Working as a respected pathologist at the renowned Sydney Harbour Hospital, she's come a long way from the turbulence of her youth. Sabrina couldn't be more proud.

Now married to a successful lawyer, Sabrina's also done well for herself. She's living the dream with a husband who loves her and a baby she adores. To Dani, Sabrina has the perfect life.

And then Sabrina and her daughter are brutally murdered and nobody knows who's responsible. Is it the maintenance man who was in the apartment or someone far closer to home?

Detective Constable Jett Craigdon of the State Crime Command catches the case. Angered by the senseless deaths, he's determined to catch the killer. With thirty-seven stab wounds to Sabrina's body, it's obvious this attack was personal, but is it the grieving husband who has done this awful thing, or is Sabrina's beautiful, enigmatic sister the one to blame?

The Lab Test by Chris Taylor

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Strong Justice, A Caitlin Strong Thriller by Jon Land, Now Available at a Special Price

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Strong Justice by Jon Land

Strong Justice by Jon Land

A Caitlin Strong Thriller (2nd in series)

Publisher: Forge Books

Price: $2.99 (as of 08/30/2016 at 4:00 PM ET).

Strong Justice by Jon Land, Amazon Kindle format

Fifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is back, pursuing justice the Ranger way. She takes on the case of a Mexican girl on the run from white slavers. For Caitlin, the case evokes memories of her legendary grandfather's run with the Rangers, even as it brings her face-to-face with a serial killer who's left a trail of bodies along the Mexico border.

Pursuing the killer brings Caitlin to a sleepy Texas town suddenly riddled by violence and to the site of a major water find. The connection between these two disparate places lies buried beneath the plains of West Texas: a deadly weapon with the potential to give a new enemy the means to terrorize the United States.

Her grandfather's past collides violently with Caitlin's present as she fights to save her world in the same border town where he fought to save his. Caitlin will learn, just as he did, that only strong justice can save the day. But this time, outmanned and outgunned, even that may not be enough to keep Caitlin Strong — and the country itself — alive.

Strong Justice by Jon Land

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The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood, New on the Mystery Bookshelf during August 2016

New on the Mystery Bookshelf during August 2016 …

The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood

The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood, A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: Penguin Books

The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood, Amazon Kindle format

When a child goes missing at an opulent house party, it makes international news. But what really happens behind closed doors?

Twelve years ago, Mila Jackson's three-year-old half-sister Coco disappeared during their father's fiftieth birthday party. Her identical twin Ruby was left behind as the only witness. The girls' father, Sean, was wealthy and influential, as were the friends gathered at their seaside vacation home for the weekend's debauchery. The case ignited a media frenzy and forever changed the lives of everyone involved.

Now, Sean Jackson is dead, and the people who were present that terrible night must gather once more for a funeral that will reveal that the secrets of the past can never stay hidden. Perfectly paced all the way through its devastating conclusion, The Darkest Secret is one that fans of Gillian Flynn and Liane Moriarty won't be able to put down.

The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood

To see more new paperback titles scheduled to be published this month, visit The Mystery Bookshelf for August 2016. For new hardcover titles, visit New Mysteries where for a list of August 2016 mysteries, novels of suspense, and thrillers is provided.

Sight Unseen, A Kendra Michaels Novel of Suspense by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen, Now Available at a Special Price

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Sight Unseen by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

Sight Unseen by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

A Kendra Michaels Novel of Suspense

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Price: $2.99 (as of 08/30/2016 at 3:00 PM ET).

Sight Unseen by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen, Amazon Kindle format

She was safe in a world of darkness. Now danger threatens in the cold light of day …

Before the experimental surgery that gave her sight, Kendra Michaels developed her other senses to an amazing capacity. Now she can identify a Nissan by the sound of its engine, a Norelco electric razor by the pattern of stubble it leaves behind, or an obscure colorless fire accelerant by its sweet smell. Law enforcement agencies clamor for her rare powers of perception and observation, too often disrupting the life she has built helping others through music therapy. Because so very often, only Kendra can get the job done.

But in this case, it's Kendra who first realizes that the apparent traffic accident on San Diego's historic Cabrillo Bridge is in fact a murder scene, and she rushes to alert the police before crucial evidence is destroyed. As the body count rises and one murder unveils another, a gruesome pattern emerges. Someone is killing people in ways that mirror Kendra's most notorious cases. She has a fan: someone who admires her work and is twisted enough to show that admiration through murder — while naming himself after the biggest art forger of the 20th century. He views himself not as a monster but as an artist. And he is not working alone.

Sight Unseen by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

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A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny, New in Bookstores during August 2016

Today's featured new hardcover mystery, suspense, or thriller title scheduled to be published during August 2016 is …

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny, an Armand Gamache Mystery (12th in series)

Publisher: Minotaur Books

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny, Amazon Kindle format

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes.

Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must.

And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.

Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protégée of the murdered professor.

The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets.

For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning.

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

For a list of more new hardcover titles to be published this month, visit our New Mysteries page for August 2016. For new paperback titles, visit The Mystery Bookshelf where a selection of August 2016 mysteries, novels of suspense, and thrillers are shelved.

Death of a Pumpkin Carver by Lee Hollis, New on the Mystery Bookshelf during August 2016

New on the Mystery Bookshelf during August 2016 …

Death of a Pumpkin Carver by Lee Hollis

Death of a Pumpkin Carver by Lee Hollis, A Hayley Powell, Food and Cocktails Mystery (8th in series)

Publisher: Kensington

Death of a Pumpkin Carver by Lee Hollis, Amazon Kindle format

For Hayley Powell, food and cocktails columnist for the Island Times, Halloween is all about costume parties and holiday treats — until a killer crashes the party …

This Halloween, Hayley can't imagine a worse trick than her ex-husband Danny returning to Bar Harbor. Her kids may be happy to see their dad, but Hayley's determined not to be taken in by his charms, and suspects he's in financial trouble — again.

Still, the haunted holiday is about to get a whole lot scarier after Danny's moonshine-making uncle is found lying dead next to a tombstone in a cemetery — and Danny quickly becomes the prime suspect. To prove her ex is innocent, Hayley will have to dig deep into her own bag of tricks to unmask the real culprit … before anyone else — including her — ends up in the graveyard …

Death of a Pumpkin Carver by Lee Hollis

To see more new paperback titles scheduled to be published this month, visit The Mystery Bookshelf for August 2016. For new hardcover titles, visit New Mysteries where for a list of August 2016 mysteries, novels of suspense, and thrillers is provided.

One Foot in the Gravy, A Gwen "Nashville Katz" Silver, Deadly Deli Mystery by Delia Rosen, Now Available at a Special Price

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One Foot in the Gravy by Delia Rosen

One Foot in the Gravy by Delia Rosen

A Gwen "Nashville Katz" Silver, Deadly Deli Mystery (2nd in series)

Publisher: Kensington

Price: $1.99 (as of 08/30/2016 at 1:00 PM ET).

One Foot in the Gravy by Delia Rosen, Amazon Kindle format

When you're a deli owner, life ain't always a bowl of chicken soup …

When Gwen Katz inherits her late uncle's kosher deli, Murray's Pastrami Swami, little does she know that murder is always on the menu. Now Nashville Katz, as she's quickly nicknamed, has landed her first catering gig: Social butterfly Lolo Baker's audience-participation mystery party, where someone is "murdered" and the other guests must figure out who the killer is. It's all in good fun … until the "victim" comes crashing through the ceiling and lands — fatally — in Gwen's once-tasty gravy, literally smoked to perfection.

The amateur sleuth in Gwen knows the newly deceased, Hoppy Hopewell, was in quite a pickle. He squandered his family's vast fortune while having simultaneous affairs with Nashville's wealthiest women … many of who were at the party. But as Gwen digs deeper, she finds the case is messier than chopped liver … and discovers that she's somehow sandwiched between her boyfriend's possibly cheating heart and the deliciously handsome eyes of the detective working the case …

One Foot in the Gravy by Delia Rosen

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New This Week: The Lighthouse, A Berkley Street Mystery by Ron Ripley

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The Lighthouse by Ron Ripley

The Lighthouse by Ron Ripley

A Berkley Street Mystery (2nd in series)

Publisher: ScareStreet.com

Price: $3.99 (as of 08/30/2016 at 12:30 PM ET).

The Lighthouse by Ron Ripley, Amazon Kindle format

See also the highly reviewed first book in this series, Berkley Street, for $3.99 on Kindle.

Ex-marine Shane Ryan is a ghost hunter whose troubled past haunts him almost as much as the ghosts he encounters in the line of duty. He's the best. And his reward for excellence? The punishment of being in high demand for jobs to eradicate the worst kind of ghosts — the kind that kill.

His latest assignment is an idyllic island setting with sunny skies, crystal blue ocean and a venerable old lighthouse that makes the scenery picture perfect … except for the malevolent, murderous ghosts marring the living portrait. If Amy, the owner, wasn't Marie Lafontaine's cousin, Shane would have steered clear of Squirrel Island and its diabolical dead. But Detective Lafontaine is his do-or-die friend. He'd do anything for her. Even face Dorothy, the undead Evilena who kills anyone invading her unholy domain. Add two shipwrecked couples to the mix and Shane has more trouble than he wants to handle.

Shane's mission is clear: rid the island of Dorothy and her band of undead while keeping his new charges alive. But how could he know that staying alive meant facing the worst evil ever imagined?

The Lighthouse by Ron Ripley

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An Excerpt from The Lafayette Sword by Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne

Omnimystery News: An Excerpt courtesy of Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne

We are delighted to welcome authors Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne to Omnimystery News today.

Eric and Jacques second thriller in their popular Antoine Marcas, Freemason series is The Lafayette Sword (Le French Book; July 2016 trade paperback and ebook formats) and we are so pleased that the publisher has provided us with an excerpt to share with you.

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Grand Orient Masonic Hall, Paris, Present Day

ANTOINE MARCAS SMOOTHED HIS APRON AND made sure his double-edged sword was secure at his side. Next to the elevator, a display system similar to the ones at airports informed him that the meeting would be in Lafayette Temple. The 9 p.m. initiation ceremony was the only gathering scheduled for the night. The seventeen other temples in the building were closed. Marcas checked his watch. Only five more minutes.
  "Well, my brother, I see you're a fan of modern technology. So what's next? Skyped initiation ceremonies?"
  Startled, Marcas turned around. A man in a wheelchair was smiling at him.
  "Paul! I didn't hear you."
  Paul de Lambre, a physician who had lost the use of his legs in a car accident, was a descendant of the illustrious Marquis de Lafayette and a high-ranking Freemason.
  "You wouldn't believe what they're doing with wheelchairs these days," Paul said, tapping one of the wheels. "This one's made of carbon fiber: strong, flexible, and darned-near silent. Four detachable components, and the footrests even have LED lights. That means I can see you in the dark, but you can't hear me coming."
  "As long as you're being sarcastic, that's a good sign, my brother."
  A shadow seemed to cross the man's face, and his eyes became serious. "The signs are not very good right now. I have something on my mind, Antoine, and since you're a police detective and a brother, I think you're the person I should be talking with."
  Marcas studied the man. "Of course. The ceremony is about to begin. Why don't we get together afterward? Right now it's time to go to the temple of your glorious ancestor. That must be quite an experience for you."
  Paul de Lambre's jaw stiffened. "You could put it that way," he said as he spinning his wheelchair around.
  
  
The hooded man wearing the Masonic apron waited in the darkness of the closet. He fiddled nervously with the ceremonial sword as he ticked off the minutes. Finally, he took a deep breath, opened the closet door, and made sure the hallway was empty. He stepped out of the shadows.
  "I am the Sword of Light. I march in the night," he chanted in a low monotone.
  He advanced noiselessly. Slipping through the dark corridors was child's play. Tricking the security system had been a joke. It was even intoxicating. He'd been exploring this prodigious labyrinth for at least a dozen nights. Each time he'd stop just before reaching the chamber of reflection. Then he'd leave. Only one time had he crossed paths with a brother, and that hadn't caused any problems. He knew the building's strange topography by heart, and now he could make his way over it blindfolded.The tangle of hallways, the crooked floors, and the myriad temples in this vast structure made him feel like he was moving on a gigantic movie set.
  But this would be the last night he'd go unnoticed. His quest would begin with sacrifices.
  He could hear the voice again. Perhaps it was his. "I kill, and I die. I kill, and I am born again."
  He took the stairs two by two and reached the next floor in a matter of seconds. He smiled in the darkness.
  "I am the chosen one."
  He was on pins and needles as he recited the ritual words. The taste of blood filled his dry mouth.
  
Rue Saint-Jacques de la Boucherie, Paris, March 13, 1355

Nicolas Flamel sighed. The Templars and the Saracens. The furrier was narrow-minded and superstitious.
  "Master Maillard, Baphomet isn't the Saracens' god, but a simple idol, nothing more. And the Templars were tortured. Chained to a stone and subjected to God knows what, they would have confessed to anything."
  "Not another word. Do you want to end up burned at the stake?"
  Flamel made the sign of the cross. It had been many years since anyone in Paris had been sent to the pyre. The king had little desire to invoke the sentence. The last executions by burning had taken place forty years earlier, with the Templars. And the grand master's curse on the royal family and its descendants still resonated in the minds of the people. Since then, France had known nothing but woe: the collapse of the House of Capet, the English invasion, and the plague, which had decimated the country.
  "To order such a punishment, King John would need a very good reason," Flamel said. "God does not forgive the burning of the innocent."
  Master Maillard chuckled. "It's a Jew who's being burned. That's what the uproar by the river is all about. And who better to burn? He's a scholar, from what I've heard. From Spain. Our king, whose goodness is without limits, even hosted the man. Jews know much. Don't forget that they were the ones who crucified our Lord Jesus Christ. Since then, the Devil has showered them with favors."
  "But —"
  "Our king was deceived," Master Maillard said, his face hard. "That is all. And when he realized he had opened his home to evil, he called for an inquisition."
  Flamel shivered.
  "You do know what that means, don't you? And that Jew didn't come alone. He brought his daughter and …"
  Across the street, a door opened with an otherworldly creak. For years, the façade had been mute, the windows boarded up, and the door nailed shut. Rumor had it that the building belonged to the Dominicans, who had inherited it and let it fall into ruin. But since Christmas, someone had been living there.
   A hooded man dressed in black emerged and slipped down the street. He was heading toward the Seine.
  Master Maillard grabbed Flamel's sleeve. "For the salvation of our souls and the survival of our bodies, pray that he didn't hear us."
  Flamel was wondering if he did, indeed, spend too much time with his books. Even his wife, Lady Perenelle, who mingled with gossips every day at the market, had said nothing about this new neighbor.
  "Master Maillard, you speak in enigmas. First you allude to a pyre, and then you tremble at the sight of that man."
  The furrier waited for the stranger to turn the corner. "My dear neighbor, I simply do not like coincidences, with that mystery man dressed in clothing as black as death."
  "That hood was hiding his face."
  "He wears it to remain anonymous and keep himself safe. Who knows how many people would assault him if they knew who he was!"
  "Master Maillard, would you, for the love of God, tell me who he is?" The usually calm Flamel was getting perturbed.
  "He's the new torturer."
  Nicolas Flamel visualized a scene of hell sculpted on a cathedral tympanum.
  His neighbor continued. "That's why the Dominicans gave him that house. You know they are the ones charged with tracking heresy. For that, they need a powerful man, a man no one can touch."
  Flamel remembered another scene: a body washed up alongside the Seine. The man's arms and legs were hanging by threads. His belly was filled with water, and his mouth was frozen in terror.
  "The work of the torturer," a bargeman had told him.
  Master Maillard checked the locks on his house. The Angelus bell rang out from the Notre Dame.
  "Let us give thanks that we are good Christians and sons of the Church. The night will be long for some. You have worked hard this week. Come with me to the river to see this Jew be punished. It will be a great joy for all the good people of Paris to witness the spectacle."

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Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne
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Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne

Eric Giacometti studied biochemistry and genetics in Toulouse, France, before going into journalism. Then, at the height of his career as an investigative reporter, Eric Giacometti was contaminated by the thriller virus. His life took on another dimension: journalist by day, writer by night. That is when he and his childhood friend Jacques Ravenne created the Freemason police inspector Antoine Marcas. In 2013, he left his full-time reporting job with a French daily newspaper to work freelance and write. He teaches journalism and writing

Jacques Ravenne is a high-level French Freemason. He is also a literary critic, known for his work on the writers Paul Valéry, Yves Bonnefoy, Gérard de Nerval and Stéphane Mallarmé. In addition to his academic work, he was also a local elected official for a number of years, and contributes regularly to Freemason publications.

For more information about the authors, please visit their page on LeFrenchBook.com.

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The Lafayette Sword by Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne

The Lafayette Sword by Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne

An Antoine Marcas, Freemason Thriller

Publisher: Le French Book

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Following the murder of a Freemason brother, Antoine Marcas uncovers unsettling truths about gold and its power to fascinate and corrupt. A priceless sword is stolen and deaths ensue setting the Freemason detective on a case of Masons turned bad.

A clue points to mysteries and conspiracy about elusive pure gold, launching a frantic, deadly race between two symbolic places — the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower.

The Lafayette Sword by Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne

 

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