The Devil's Chord (Rogue Angel, Book 49)

By Alex Archer, Michele Hauf

Da Vinci's maximum and most deadly legacy…

In the midst of a lovers' quarrel on a Venetian bridge, a couple of paintings thieves loses a important, stolen Lorraine move to the canal's murky waters. Suspecting a connection among the pass, Joan of Arc and da Vinci, Annja Creed's former mentor, Roux, sends the archaeologist to supervise the hunt for the lacking artifact. yet another individual is familiar with in regards to the cross…knows sufficient to kill for it.

Despite a number of vicious assaults in the course of their underwater day trip, Annja and Roux's employed diver recovers the go. but if the diver's loyalties are known as into query and he disappears—along with the treasure—Annja is sure there's extra to the traditional item than Roux is letting on. She quickly discovers the pass is just one piece in an tricky enigma—a key that, whilst mixed with a sequence of musical notes, may well release one in all Leonardo da Vinci's such a lot fantastical innovations. however the expense Annja needs to pay to prevent this key from falling into the incorrect arms might be her lifestyles.

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I’m investment all of the gear and the lodge. ” “He’s now not in a lodge. He’s staying at a friend’s palazzo. ” “Ah. So i ponder who's staying on the resort at once. I’ve obtained a precis of the invoice. in reality, I had assumed he’d one other on his crew for the big volume of nutrients and additional towels charged to the room. there has been additionally a cost for cigars. ” The tobacco-scented thug? Annja guessed so. “I may have a clue who has been staying within the resort. however it won’t take us a ways. I’m starting to ponder whether Scout—or whoever he is—hasn’t jumped send for an additional group. ” “What makes you are saying that? the place is the fellow? have you ever stumbled on the pass? ” “A lot of questions, and also you won’t just like the solutions to any of them. We did locate the move. quite, we situated a Halliburton connecté case, rumored to were the case the thieves tossed into the canal, that's rumored to have contained the Lorraine go. ” “Did you open it? ” “Someone opened it. We didn’t have the opportunity to considering Scout—or whoever he is—was poisoned. ” “What? ” She defined approximately Scout ingesting the tea. “You didn’t drink the tea? ” Roux requested. “Hadn’t time. And Scout was once type of possessive over it. ” She hadn’t notion something of it on the time, yet now it struck a wierd be aware. Why now not supply an additional cup for her? Had he deliberate whatever prematurely? yet to poison himself? Didn’t make experience. Or did it? “Did you contact the tea carrier? ” Roux requested. She glanced to the tea set sitting at the desk. “I did. I introduced it in for him. ” “So your fingerprints are in all places it. ” “What are you getting at, Roux? ” “You stated Scout disappeared, in addition to the pass. Doesn’t that sound suspicious? ” “Very suspicious. yet I don’t think he used to be the one that stole the move. I’d simply left him within the sanatorium and that i arrived now not ten mins later on the palazzo to discover the thief slipping out the window. ” “Just simply because he didn’t slip via that window doesn’t suggest Scout didn’t set up the robbery. He can have recognized you’d be away, tending him within the health facility. in reality, that used to be most likely the plan. Did he try and preserve you on the health center? ” Annja inspiration again to their dialog. Scout have been drained, yet had requested her to sit down with him until eventually he fell asleep. She felt so silly. “Scout has to be operating for somebody else. The a person who’s been staying within the lodge room you paid for, and in addition the a person who snuck in and stole the pass whereas we have been out of the palazzo. ” “A an individual who provided Roberts—we’ll need to name him that until eventually we research his actual name—much greater than I did. And now he’s implicated you well within the heist. ” “Right... ” It may make experience to implicate her within the poisoning, if now not the robbery. Took eyes off Scout—a suspicious one that had assumed a lifeless man’s id. “I consider you will have contacted the professionals? ” “Of path. ” She didn’t inform him concerning the lifeless thief who smelled of tobacco or the recent thief who’d performed the capturing. “Would Scout have taken measures to thieve from himself two times to blur any complicity falling on him?

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