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Secrets of the Dead
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To reach the living, navigate the dead... In a villa on the coast of Montenegro, Abby Cormac witnesses the brutal murder of her lover, diplomat Michael Lascaris. The last thing she remembers is a gun pointed directly at her. She wakes to find herself at the centre of a diplomatic nightmare. Everyone wants an answer but no one wants to listen. Even her employers at the Foreign Office believe she's hiding something. She is completely alone. As Abby tries to piece together the last few months of Michael's life in order to get at the truth, she soon realises that he wasn't quite what he seemed. What exactly was his relationship with one of the most ruthless men in the Balkans - a war criminal who has never been brought to justice? And what links Michael's gift to her of a gold necklace with its Christian monogram, a 4th century manuscript left in the shadow of Emperor Constantine's palace at Trier and an inscription on a tomb in Rome? When Abby investigates further, it becomes clear that someone wants to suppress a secret, one that has been kept hidden for centuries. And they will stop at nothing to do so...
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The utterly compelling new thriller from the author of The Lazarus Vault.

About the Author

Tom Harper (real name Edwin Thomas) won the CWA debut award in 2001 for The Blighted Cliffs. He also wrote The Mosaic of Shadows, Knights of the Cross, Siege of Heaven, Lost Temple, Book of Secrets and The Lazarus Vault, all published by Random House. He lives in York and is the current Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association. To find out more about Tom Harper visit his website at www.tom-harper.co.uk

Reviews

"I found the novel . . . so much more enjoyable than "The Da Vinci Code" to which it is obviously indebted for everything from hidden bank vaults to secluded country estates and handicapped villains. Lazarus's puzzles are actually believable. The female characters are better drawn. Most importantly for this audience, the history is competent." --"Historical Novels Review," Editors Choice, on "The Lazarus Vault" "A terrifically told, well researched blend of ancient history and modern Mafiosi, which brings the Balkans vividly to light. Intriguing and entertaining at the same time." "Times"" "Fans of thrillers with an Indiana Jones angle who just can't wait for the next James Rollins or Steve Berry novel should check out this very entertaining tale. . . . With a lightning-fast pace, a cast of colorful characters, plenty of twists and turns, and a story that reaches into the past and the future, the novel is sure to please fans of the historical-thriller genre." "Booklist" on "The Lost Temple"" "I found the novel . . .so much more enjoyable than "The Da Vinci Code" to which it is obviously indebted for everything from hidden bank vaults to secluded country estates and handicapped villains. Lazarus's puzzles are actually believable. The female characters are better drawn. Most importantly for this audience, the history is competent." "Historical Novels Review," Editors Choice, on "The Lazarus Vault"" Praise for Other Titles by Tom Harper: "In the tradition of The Da Vinci Code, a page-turner of a novel. Like Dan Brown, Tom Harper knows how to ratchet up the tension." --"Choice magazine" "Scholarly but speedy narrative, steeped in medieval horrors ranging from flogging to famine, all anchored in what feels like a passion for history and spelling out the way things were." --"Literary Review " "Tom Harper writes with strident clarity in this epic tale of murder and betrayal, bloodshed and romance. Gripping from the first page, the reader is swept up in this colourful and convincing portrayal of an Emperor and his realm, under siege. Well-researched, and cinematic in its imagery, this is a fast-paced and exciting debut." --"Ink" "Harper effortlessly draws the reader into the court intrigues and conspiracies of 11th-century Byzantium in his outstanding debut." --"Publishers Weekly"

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