By James Becker
A race-against-time conspiracy mystery with a dangerous twist from the bestselling writer of The First Apostle.
On the northern banks of the Vltava River, a unprecedented occasion is occurring. within a personal chapel, a high-born Hungarian girl is being laid to relaxation. yet now not sooner than her center is faraway from her physique, and she or he is buried underneath a layer of heavy stones -- lest she upward push back to prey upon her victims.
Holidaying within the world's most pretty urban, Chris Bronson and Angela Lewis find a desecrated tomb. within it's a lady skeleton and an arcane diary courting again enormous quantities of years. Written in Latin, it references a scroll that might offer a solution to an old mystery. quickly corpses of younger women, all killed within the comparable ritualistic demeanour, begin showing through the urban. And whilst Angela disappears, Bronson understands that he needs to locate her earlier than she too is slaughtered.
But Bronson's hunt for Angela leads him again to the Island of the lifeless, and right into a conspiracy extra lethal than he may possibly ever have imagined.
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He regarded round after which stepped throughout to the closest sconce within which a torch burned brightly. Taking it down, he held the flames to 1 nook of the sq. he’d faraway from the portray. The canvas was once heavy and the paint thick, and for a couple of seconds it basically smoldered. Then the hearth took carry and it flared all of sudden, the flames a kaleidoscopic mixture of shades because the pigments within the paint have been ate up by way of the warmth. Řezník dropped the ultimate nook of the canvas to the ground and watched because the final of the flames flickered and died. “Are there the other photos displaying that lady? ” he demanded. He couldn’t even convey himself to talk her identify. “That was once the final one. the entire others were destroyed. ” Řezník nodded in pride. His paintings was once performed. The princess used to be buried in what amounted to an unmarked grave, and he had performed his most sensible to expunge all lines of her lifestyles, all reminders of her presence, from the fortress. with no backward look, he walked out of the gallery and some mins later undergone the double gates that secured the courtyard of Krumlov Zamek. He knew he could by no means input that cursed and wretched fortress back. He simply was hoping that he had performed sufficient to prevent the contagion prior to it took carry within the district. yet in that regard, Řezník was once flawed. Over the following few years he could officiate at approximately a dozen burials that might require him to take advantage of his extraordinary and arcane wisdom, even though none of those could contain one other member of the aristocracy. And on his personal deathbed, approximately 20 years later, he might eventually recognize the reality he had shied clear of for all these years. simply because what occurred within the months and years after the burial of Eleonora Amalia proved to him past doubt that she used to be no longer the resource of the plague, as Řezník had continuously believed, yet easily one other sufferer. 1 today's “This actually is a superb place,” Chris Bronson acknowledged, on reflection on the urban of Venice. It used to be the 1st day of November, and he and Angela have been status part via aspect within the stern of a crowded vaporetto that was once ferrying them from the Fondamente Nuove cease on Venice itself around the lagoon to the Isola di San Michele—the island of St. Michael—to participate in the celebrations identified unofficially because the competition of the lifeless. there has been a stiff breeze blowing from the southeast, sufficiently powerful to create dozens of white horses that surged everywhere in the vessel, however the boat carved an arrow-straight wake in the course of the uneven waters. The lighting fixtures of town have been simply beginning to pierce the late-afternoon gloom, a gloom made extra mentioned by way of the patches of mist that have been forming over the water. Venice regarded the same as an incredible and unbelievable cruise send, floating silently within the cool and shallow waters of the lagoon. “I proposal you’d like it,” Angela acknowledged, taking his arm to regular herself. “I wasn’t looking ahead to this wind, notwithstanding. Is it the sirocco? ” Bronson shook his head. “No. It’s the incorrect time of 12 months. The sirocco simply blows within the spring and summer season.