By Alex Archer, Mel Odom
With one small chess piece, the sport begins…
For archaeologist and television host Annja Creed, a late-night mobile name from the NYPD capacity something: there's been a homicide and the police desire 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 magnate with a penchant for tomb-raiding, the elephant is little short of beneficial.
Annja needs to make her stream quick, touring throughout a number of continents with purely the help of her striking sword—purportedly a similar sword wielded by way of Joan of Arc—and a mysterious temple monk. It's a perilous conflict of wits, and one incorrect circulation may well suggest video game over.
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He paused. “We can flip round if you'd like. go away the elephant to whoever will get it. that might be a lot more secure, probably. ” That danger didn’t linger in Annja’s brain. The secret of the elephant had grown enhanced and he or she felt she used to be getting nearer. She wasn’t approximately to willingly quit the pursuit. whether the elephant led nowhere, Onoprienko had to pay for killing Benyovszky. “No. We’re no longer doing that. ” “Good. ” Klykov smiled. “I could hate to stroll clear of what can be my final event. ” “Your final? ” He shrugged an recognition. “I’m an outdated guy. There are just such a lot of adventures dispensed to males. i'm thankful for those i've got had, and i'm thankful for this one. ” “This isn’t going to be your final adventure,” Annja stated. “We’re going to be cautious. ” She checked the street site visitors and pulled again onto the line. “I considered getting you a pistol besides, yet i didn't imagine you'll want for one. ” “I don’t wish to hold weapons. yet i know tips to use them. ” Annja pressed tougher at the accelerator, feeling the strain completing within her. * * * SEVENTH-KILOMETER marketplace was once a set of lengthy aisles created via shipment bins stacked deep. lots of these shipment packing containers have been painted vivid colours, even sizzling crimson. The marketplace seemed like a person have been grew to become unfastened with an inexhaustible provide of toy blocks and instructed to create complicated mazes. Annja drove slowly, following Klykov’s instructions whereas feeling she was once getting progressively more misplaced. there has been quite a bit visible spectacle that she was once nearly triumph over. White traces marked parking parts and pedestrians have been in all places. Signage was once ordinarily in Russian, yet the following and there different subsets of symptoms have been in English and French and German for travelers. a lot of them additionally featured chinese language and jap translations. within the Nineteen Sixties, the marketplace had opened for company as an out of doors buying region. Early marketers had bought shipment bins and had them brought to the positioning. They’d operated correct out of these boxes, and merely refurbished them into anything extra trendy in visual appeal after they’d turn into profitable. merely open on Sundays before everything, the booming exchange encouraged nonetheless extra budding capitalists to step into the enterprise of knockoff garments, jewellery, components, electronics and every thing else which may be synthetic that was once at present trendy. “You will not be speaking,” Klykov acknowledged. “I’m attempting to take all of it in. ” Klykov laughed. “So might be you haven't turn into a jaded vacationer in the end. ” “No. ” “Then permit me train you. i'm certain you recognize of the heritage of this position, most likely greater than I do. yet permit me inform you what you're really . this can be loose alternate, Annja. The retailers right here wheel and deal to make a revenue. supply and take, shopper and vendor. it really is one of many oldest tales there's, no? ” “It’s a…bazaar. a massive bazaar. ” “Exactly. And the folk who fairly make the money are the box vendors. ” “Those locations are rented out? ” Annja nodded towards the lengthy traces of shipment bins that made up the marketplace and the expansive perimeter.