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 cell name from the NYPD ability something: there's been a homicide and the police want 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 good of Russia, the elephant was once key in a dicy political gambit all these years in the past. yet there's one other tale hooked up to the artifact—a rumor of an historical hidden treasure. And for a cruelly bold media rich person with a penchant for tomb-raiding, the elephant is little short of valuable.

Annja needs to make her circulation fast, touring throughout a number of continents with basically the help of her impressive sword—purportedly an analogous sword wielded by way of Joan of Arc—and a mysterious temple monk. It's a perilous conflict of wits, and one fallacious movement may perhaps suggest video game over.

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Leonid positioned us in top notch. We boarded later and that i labored on my laptop until eventually takeoff. ” Annja notion again, attempting to be mindful seeing Nguyen Rao. She couldn’t position the guy, notwithstanding. “If he was once there, I overlooked him. ” “He was once there. My pal at Interpol proven Nguyen’s arrival in Odessa lower than an hour in the past. He’s round someplace, Annja. ” “I’ll wait for him. ” “I’ve additionally became up extra information on him. ” “Nguyen has a legal checklist? ” That didn’t jibe with Annja’s fast evaluate of the guy. Nguyen Rao had reacted fast, and he were informed tips on how to look after himself, yet he hadn’t struck her as a violent individual. He had approached them to speak, no longer with a weapon. “Not a legal checklist, yet he has been somebody of curiosity in a few incidents related to artifacts. obviously he crossed paths with a man named Gerald Cleary. have you ever heard of that man? ” “Cleary is from Belgrade. He’s a qualified grave robber. The final I heard, he used to be operating in Iraq, taking antiquities from there through the confusion. ” “You be aware of Cleary? ” “I’ve met him. Archaeology could be a small international, reckoning on what you’re searching for. Cleary frequently reveals a consumer who desires anything, units up a purchase, then is going after a bit or a suite of items. ” “That’s what Interpol says approximately him. ” Bart sounded a bit nonplussed. “We have rather bought to speak extra approximately what you do. Why haven’t you ever informed me this earlier than? ” “Because you’re now not attracted to heritage until it relates to one in all your situations. ” “That can be true…” “It is. ” “…but you have to point out a person like Cleary. ” “And have you ever fear extra? Do you inform me approximately each risky felon you’re chasing? Do I ask? ” Bart remained silent. “Exactly,” Annja stated. “We do our jobs, Bart. That’s what we’re presupposed to do. We do pal issues jointly, and that i just like the skill to step clear of the activity for your time each infrequently with you. I’m convinced you savor the holiday, too. That’s why we don’t talk about your caseload. ” “Yeah. ” The admittance used to be grudging, yet sincere. “Is Cleary part of this? ” Annja so didn't desire one other team eager about the elephant hunt. “Not so far as i do know. The document says Nguyen had an altercation with Cleary over in Kosambi, India. I’ve by no means heard of where. ” “Kosambi is a district within the Uttar Pradesh country. India isn’t simply India. ” “Geography, too? I don’t understand how your head doesn’t explode with all of the belongings you have packed in there. ” Annja grinned, happy that they have been again to a neater, extra secure courting. “It’s all stuff I get pleasure from. So what occurred among Nguyen and Cleary? ” “They have been after an identical artifact. issues obtained violent. Cleary ended up with a damaged arm and a damaged leg, and Nguyen acquired the artifact. ” “Do you recognize what it used to be? ” “Something to do with the Buddha. That’s all i do know. ” Annja tapped her palms at the guidance wheel, staring at Klykov proceed to speak to the 2 males, and placing her ideas so as. Piecing the puzzle jointly was once a welcome diversion to puzzling over what used to be happening with Klykov.

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