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 capability something: there's been a homicide and the police want her services. the single hyperlink among a lifeless physique and the killer is a small elephant of white jade. An artifact that's long gone 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 connected to the artifact—a rumor of an old hidden treasure. And for a cruelly bold media wealthy person with a penchant for tomb-raiding, the elephant is little short of necessary.
Annja needs to make her circulate quick, touring throughout a number of continents with in basic terms the help of her notable 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 mistaken movement may well suggest online game over.
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