The Devil's Chord (Rogue Angel, Book 49)
Alex Archer, Michele Hauf
Da Vinci's greatest and most dangerous legacy…
In the midst of a lovers' quarrel on a Venetian bridge, a pair of art thieves loses a priceless, stolen Lorraine cross to the canal's murky waters. Suspecting a connection between the cross, Joan of Arc and da Vinci, Annja Creed's former mentor, Roux, sends the archaeologist to oversee the search for the missing artifact. But someone else knows about the cross…knows enough to kill for it.
Despite several vicious attacks during their underwater expedition, Annja and Roux's hired diver recovers the cross. But when the diver's loyalties are called into question and he disappears—along with the treasure—Annja is certain there's more to the ancient object than Roux is letting on. She soon discovers the cross is only one piece in an intricate enigma—a key that, when combined with a series of musical notes, may unlock one of Leonardo da Vinci's most fantastical inventions. But the price Annja must pay to stop this key from falling into the wrong hands may be her life.
barbs. He might not be able to hook the barbs into the metal case, but if he was lucky he could snag the handle. Annja stayed out of the way while he finessed the barbed end through the wood pilings. Ian filmed. What she was really doing was keeping an eye out for falling debris from the building overhead. And she was keeping another eye toward the water’s surface. In their position, they were tucked far enough away from the surface, so she didn’t expect a motored boat to get close enough to
coroner’s report hadn’t come up earlier in the research. “How much did you pay him to locate the Lorraine cross, Roux?” “He won’t receive a dime until I’ve got the cross. I’m funding all the equipment and the hotel.” “He’s not in a hotel. He’s staying at a friend’s palazzo.” “Ah. So I wonder who is staying at the hotel right now. I’ve received a summary of the bill. In fact, I had assumed he’d another on his team for the large amount of food and extra towels charged to the
had not been kind to his brain after all. “So you think Garin is the one who hired Scout away from you? Or maybe he hired Scout to press you into funding the dive?” Roux flashed her a look that told her he hadn’t considered that underhanded switch. He turned his attention to the windows that lined the restaurant and looked out over the sharply carved hedges and trees. “Anything is possible.” “Anything indeed. Did you and Garin spend a lot of time with Leonardo?” “I spoke to
She guessed tourists must flock to Milan almost as much as they did Paris. And what about when Leonardo da Vinci would have strolled the streets taking in every detail? She imagined herself in an elegant gown with her hair done up and decorated with a beaded headdress and rich gold trimmings on her sleeves and hems as she strolled beside him. Obviously, she imagined herself someone from the court. Annja laughed. “Why not? If I’m going to dream, I might as well have been rich.”
little box with gears and a magical key could perform such a wonder. “He won’t win,” he said, staring again at the rooftop. “This time I get to walk away with the prize.” “It doesn’t belong to either one of you. It is a historical artifact. That’s it,” she said, ready to move. “It belongs in a museum.” Garin held his arms out to his sides as if she were making more out of this than was necessary. “I agree.” Annja quirked a brow. Rarely were she and Garin Braden on the same