By Tom Knox
A gripping high-concept mystery for enthusiasts of Dan Brown and Sam Bourne from the writer of The Genesis mystery and The Marks of Cain. within the silent caves of inner most France, younger archaeologist Julia Kerrigan finds an historic cranium, with a gap bored in the course of the brow. After she finds her discovery, her colleague is killed in suspicious situations. in the meantime, within the jungles of south-east Asia photographer Jake Thurby is obtainable a curious project by way of a stunning and decided Cambodian legal professional who's investigating unearths on the mysterious 2000-year-old simple of Jars. unearths which the gurus have long past to nice lengths to maintain mystery. not anyone is aware why. again in England, an elderly professor has been brutally and elaborately murdered. The homicide is still unsolved. because the archaeologist, legal professional and photographer pursue their separate quests to find the reality, an underlying development starts off to emerge, which connects those far-flung occasions within the so much terrifying and unbelievable approach. And it quickly turns into transparent that those that search to release the compelling puzzle should be risking greatly greater than their lives.
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The only attraction to detain tourists was the legend of a werewolf on the Margeride – the Bête de Gevaudan; that, and the Cham des Bondons itself. And the ancient standing stones, that comprised the Cham des Bondons, were truly extraordinary, dozens of grey monoliths, standing alone and apart, on every cliff and promontory, like frozen warriors frowning down in judgement: at the dark pineforests of the Cevennes. Yet even the stones were deserted. Untouristed. Neglected. And now only the winds remained, the winds and the wild horses, feeding on the feather-grass.
Even if she knew she wasn’t going to find anything more than a broken bonepin, she also knew she was lucky to be here at all. And the sheer metronomic rhythm of her archaeology was, as always, rather soothing: brush and trowel and sieve, trowel and tweezer and sieve. The tinkle of her metal tools echoed down the empty cavern. Julia tried not to think of her loneliness. What if some mad shepherd came down here and raped her? In speleology, no one can hear you scream. She smiled inwardly, at her own fears.
Jake said nothing. Chemda’s face was ghosting in the twilight. ‘I think she died up here in the Plain of Jars. ’ ‘I have a Khmer friend in Los Angeles. Her father was also sent here. And he claims he saw my grandmother, in the Plain, that she was one of the team. My grandmother was quite well known: my family is quite well known. So, my grandmother was an anthropologist, ah, we know she disappeared around that time, and we know there were rumours she came here. ’ Chemda’s words were like a litany, softly and reverently repetitive, a whispered prayer in the gloaming of a church.
Bible of the Dead by Tom Knox