Bestselling author James Becker first introduced Detective Sergeant Chris Bronson and antiques expert Angela Lewis in his explosive hit The First Apostle, which was hailed as a “jaw-dropping thriller” (Publishers Weekly). Here Bronson and Lewis return to uncover a centuries-old mystery.
Bohemia, 1741. A noble lady is laid to rest—with her heart cut out and a covering of heavy stones: whatever it takes to keep her from rising from the grave
Venice, 2010. While on a much needed vacation, Chris Bronson and Angela Lewis tour a graveyard and discover a desecrated tomb containing a female skeleton. Why was the woman put to rest in such a state? And what secrets were buried with her? There there also discover a diary that is centuries old. Scribbled in Latin, the pages tell of a scroll that holds the key to answering an ancient secret.
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Soon, the bodies of young women begin surfacing, all killed in a ritual manner. When Angela vanishes, Bronson is drawn into the hunt for a demented murderer—who torments his prey on the eerie Isle of the Dead—and into a deadly conspiracy hundreds of years in the making.