The brilliantly high-concept religious conspiracy-theory thriller from the author of 'The Righteous Man', set against the backdrop of the world's bitterest conflict.
April 2003: as the Baghdad Museum of Antiquities is looted, a teenage Iraqi boy finds an ancient scroll in a long-forgotten vault. He takes it and runs off into the night...
Several years later, at a peace rally in Jerusalem, the Israeli prime minister is about to sign a historic deal with the Palestinians. A man approaches from the crowd and seems to reach for a gun -- bodyguards shoot him dead. But in his hand was a note, one he wanted to hand to the prime minister.
The shooting seems to spark a series of tit-for-tat killings which could derail the peace accord. Washington sends for trouble-shooter and peace negotiator, Robin Lang, just days after she thought she had quit the job for good. She follows a trail that takes her from Jewish settlements on the West Bank to Palestinian refugee camps, where she discovers the latest deaths are not random but have a distinct pattern. All the dead men are archaeologists and historians -- those who know the buried secrets of the ancient past.
Menaced by fanatics and violent extremists on all sides, Lang is soon plunged into high-stakes international politics, the worldwide, underground trade in stolen antiquities and a last, unsolved riddle of the Bible.
- Publication Date:
- 02 / 07 / 2007
- 234 x 153mm