The Devil's Chord (Rogue Angel, Book 49)

By Alex Archer, Michele Hauf

Da Vinci's maximum and most deadly legacy…

In the midst of a lovers' quarrel on a Venetian bridge, a couple of paintings thieves loses a invaluable, stolen Lorraine go to the canal's murky waters. Suspecting a connection among the go, Joan of Arc and da Vinci, Annja Creed's former mentor, Roux, sends the archaeologist to supervise the hunt for the lacking artifact. yet another individual is familiar with concerning the cross…knows sufficient to kill for it.

Despite a number of vicious assaults in the course of their underwater day trip, Annja and Roux's employed diver recovers the go. but if the diver's loyalties are known as into query and he disappears—along with the treasure—Annja is bound there's extra to the traditional item than Roux is letting on. She quickly discovers the go is just one piece in an difficult enigma—a key that, whilst mixed with a chain of musical notes, may well release one in every of Leonardo da Vinci's such a lot fantastical innovations. however the rate Annja needs to pay to forestall this key from falling into the inaccurate palms will be her existence.

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She swept her gaze round the sq. looking for the boastful Evan Merrick. * * * FROM the place HE stood contained in the darkish bistro that edged the marketplace sq., Evan had the entire gamers in his attractions. at the back of him, the store proprietor lay at the flooring, his fingers and mouth certain. Evan wasn’t a killer. yet he’d wanted a quiet position, as regards to the motion, to watch. thankfully for him, the landlord have been operating past due on his money owed within the again room, and he’d spied the sunshine on as he’d cased the local. So Annja Creed was once with Garin Braden now? That lady jumped from one part to the opposite with a dexterity that made him want he’d been just a little nicer to her. at least, having her with him might have made the poison incident pointless. He nonetheless felt the burn in his esophagus and wasn’t yes he’d ever manage to examine tea an identical means back. Garin used to be status subsequent to Annja and seemed enforcing; extra guns have been most likely hiding lower than that dear jacket. He knew that Garin Braden used to be a strength with whom typical parents aren't mess. If he couldn’t deal with a scenario along with his guile or these fists, he may simply hire an individual to get the activity performed, and do it in exactly as implementing a way as he. even though, given what Evan had simply witnessed at the rooftop, he may still re-evaluate his opinion of Roux, whom he’d first and foremost pinned as an outdated guy with a bottomless pockets and a penchant for oily baubles and putting bets. He’d attempted to take Roux out together with his playing and continue him distracted that means, yet he’d confirmed greater than able to ditching or 3 goons on his personal. to boot, Evan suspected Roux knew extra concerning the tune field than he was once letting on. He’d shifted via time—the computing device with the image of him categorised a thief was once proof of that. Evan swallowed. He used to be on no account a fighter. He used to be clever, yet no longer so expert that he proposal he stood an opportunity opposed to both Roux or Garin, not to mention either one of them. Annja Creed provided a powerful problem, besides. yet he did carry the major. He was hoping that will purchase him the power he’d have to win this fit. * * * ROUX JOINED THEM, and the 2 males went head-to-head, changing harsh phrases that began in English, then switched to some French oaths, a dash of German after which a stunning Latin curse. Annja stood apart, permitting them to get out their frustrations. Garin didn’t make a stream on Roux and vice versa, yet either maintained an competitive stance, shoulders again and chests overrated. They’d been going at one another for hundreds of years. may their competition ever finish? nonetheless, she knew they cared for each other greater than they'd ever admit. They finally settled their ire and stepped again from their posturing while Annja cited the concept that somebody should be looking at them. And whilst that somebody printed himself, stepping out of a closed store farther alongside the road, Annja felt the strain ratchet up back. Garin and Roux have been status beside each other, reluctant allies. Roux had a brown paper bag tucked below his arm. In it, the tune field and pc, she used to be convinced.

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