By Steve Berry
BONUS: This variation comprises an excerpt from Steve Berry’s The Columbus Affair and a Cotton Malone dossier.
When Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile in 1821, he took to the grave a robust mystery. As basic and emperor, he had stolen immeasurable riches from palaces, nationwide treasuries, or even the Knights of Malta and the Vatican. In his ultimate days, his British captors was hoping to benefit the place the loot lay hidden. yet he advised them not anything, and in his will he made no point out of the treasure. Or did he?
Former Justice division operative Cotton Malone isn't trying to find hassle whilst it comes knocking at his Copenhagen bookstore. truly, it breaks and enters within the kind of an American mystery provider agent with a couple of assassins on his heels. Malone has his doubts concerning the worried younger guy, yet narrowly surviving a ferocious firefight convinces him to stick to his unforeseen new ally.
Their first cease is the secluded property of Malone's friend, Henrik Thorvaldsen. The wily Danish rich person has exposed the insidious plans of the Paris membership, a cabal of multimillionaires bent on manipulating the worldwide financial system. basically via matching wits with a terrorist-for-hire, foiling a catastrophic assault, and plunging right into a determined hunt for Napoleon's mythical misplaced treasure can Malone wish to ward off foreign monetary anarchy.
But Thorvaldsen's genuine target is far extra own: to avenge the homicide of his son by way of the larcenous aristocrat on the middle of the conspiracy. Thorvaldsen's vendetta locations Malone in an very unlikely quandary—one that forces him to choose from pal and kingdom, earlier and current. beginning in Denmark, relocating to England, and finishing up within the storied streets and cathedrals of Paris, Malone performs a breathless online game of duplicity and demise, all to say a prize of untold price. yet at what price?
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De Sade turned. One of the smart suits stood there, the guy. “And you’d want to know because, why? ” The man smiled and produced his badge. “FBI Special Agent Davies, New York Field Office. ” De Sade knew he was on shaky ground if it came to a jurisdictional fight, serial killings often became the province of the FBI. Davies understood the situation too. ” That was encouraging, de Sade thought. So what did they really want? The second victim, Emily Johannsen had pointed them in the direction of a Russian connection.
Agent Ward mentioned it earlier. You’re suggesting that he signs his own signature to the murders, that’s quite a jump. Kind of like holding up his hand and saying ‘look, everybody, this is my handiwork’. It’s too pat, too easy. ” “Wait until you meet him, he’s an arrogant son of a bitch. He thinks he’s cleverer than all of us, he can do whatever he wants. Look at Dennis Rader, another arrogant SOB, he was undone by his arrogance. ” De Sade remembered the case. Rader couldn’t stand someone else taking his credit.
It also worked away some of the tension of the day. De Sade finished off with a hard twenty minutes on the treadmill and rinsed off the last of the day’s woes in an ice-cold shower. Then he settled in his armchair with a book and another Schneider Kristall beer. It was a book about chess, or rather about a chess player. It was time to beat Samuel Aaronssen at his own game, maybe Fischer had some tips for him. The book was entitled ‘Endgame, Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall’. Supposedly it unlocked the mind of the chess wizard, what made the eccentric genius tick and more importantly, what his winning secrets were.