Pretender's Gambit (Rogue Angel, Book 51)

By Alex Archer, Mel Odom

With one small chess piece, the sport begins…

For archaeologist and television host Annja Creed, a late-night cellphone name from the NYPD ability something: there's been a homicide and the police desire her services. the one hyperlink among a lifeless physique and the killer is a small elephant of white jade. An artifact that's long past lacking.

Once belonging to Catherine the nice of Russia, the elephant used to be key in a dicy political gambit all these years in the past. yet there's one other tale connected to the artifact—a rumor of an historic hidden treasure. And for a cruelly formidable media wealthy person with a penchant for tomb-raiding, the elephant is little short of worthy.

Annja needs to make her flow speedy, touring throughout numerous continents with in simple terms the help of her impressive sword—purportedly an identical sword wielded by way of Joan of Arc—and a mysterious temple monk. It's a dangerous conflict of wits, and one fallacious circulation may possibly suggest video game over.

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Are you able to get me out of penitentiary, Yegor? ” The older brother frowned and shook his head. “I don’t have any cash. Why you come back soliciting for funds from me in the event you be aware of I ain’t obtained any? You’ll simply need to remain in penal complex till i locate out if Ma has any cash. And if she is going to bail you out. ” He reduced his voice right into a whisper. “You didn’t pay her again for bailing you out on that weed bust. ” Demyan sighed like he was once the main put-upon guy on the earth. “This ain’t my evening, bro. My girl’s two-timing me along with her ex. I misplaced my part-time task on the pizza place—” “I don’t imagine you could say you misplaced that activity in the event you by no means confirmed up for a shift,” Yegor stated. Demyan pulled his cellular phone out of his pocket. “Man, they texted me and advised me i used to be fired. ” He shook his head unfortunately. “That might were a candy task. I’d were using round, providing pizza, every body blissful to determine me. ” Yegor clapped his brother at the shoulder with an incredible hand. “You don’t have a vehicle. the auto you had was once my vehicle, and it obtained impounded, keep in mind? ” “Hey. ” Bart’s voice grew to become sharp, a natural cop tone that made either one of the more youthful males concentrate on him immediately. “Either we speak about what i need to discuss or I’m taking you in. ” Yegor shot Bart a glance of unhappy shock. “Me? Why you arrest me? ” Bart nodded at Demyan. “Him I acquired at the FTA. You I bought for remarkable site visitors warrants. Now, are we going to speak? ” “Sure, definite. ” Demyan smiled and nodded. “I hereby invite you again into our residence. We’ll speak about something you will want. ” “You stated you labored in your uncle? ” “We did. Me and Yegor. because of my mother, she’s Uncle Maurice’s niece or whatever? ” Demyan checked out Yegor. Yegor thought of it and nodded. “Yeah. Her mother is sister to Uncle Maurice, so we’re great-nephews. i believe that’s the way it works. ” “Anyway,” Demyan stated, “we obtained this activity from the outdated man on account he don’t know the way to do pcs. Me and Yegor, we all know pcs. be aware of games. the entire tech. Uncle Maurice went into company for himself, begun paying for stuff from garage areas. issues that individuals run off and depart on account they can’t pay the lease at the garage not more? ” Bart nodded. “People run off and go away a few bizarre stuff, bro. I’m telling you. Me and Yegor, we’ve pulled stuff outta a few of them garage devices you’d imagine come from Mars. Had this one man was once stitching diversified elements of lifeless animals jointly. observed the place he’d placed a bat head and wings on a cat, bro. That was once tousled. ” Bart began to take a observe, yet Annja shook her head. “It’s referred to as rogue taxidermy,” she acknowledged. “Probably nothing that you should get enthusiastic about. humans do it to create interest items for creditors of the unusual. ” “People don’t get any more odd than a cat with a bat head and wings, bro. ” Demyan shook his head. “Sickest factor I ever observed. Gave me nightmares. occasionally I nonetheless get them. ” “What did your great-uncle do with the stuff he bought from the garage devices? ” Bart requested. “Pieced it out and bought it, bro. What else you gonna do with stuff like that? loads of it used to be junk we simply dumped.

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