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A gripping high-concept mystery for fanatics of Dan Brown and Sam Bourne from the writer of The Genesis mystery and The Marks of Cain. within the silent caves of private France, younger archaeologist Julia Kerrigan reveals an old cranium, with a gap bored during the brow. After she unearths her discovery, her colleague is killed in suspicious situations. in the meantime, within the jungles of south-east Asia photographer Jake Thurby is accessible a curious task by means of a stunning and made up our minds Cambodian attorney who's investigating unearths on the mysterious 2000-year-old undeniable of Jars. reveals which the gurus have long gone to nice lengths to maintain mystery. not anyone understands why. again in England, an elderly professor has been brutally and elaborately murdered. The homicide continues to be unsolved. because the archaeologist, attorney and photographer pursue their separate quests to find the reality, an underlying development starts off to emerge, which connects those far-flung occasions within the such a lot terrifying and incredible method. And it quickly turns into transparent that those that search to liberate the compelling puzzle might be risking a great deal greater than their lives.
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Now one is in hospital, and there is one left. Doctor Samnang. Not happy. Sometimes I wonder . ’ She sighed. ‘I wonder if I am doing the right thing, in forcing these old men to rake over the past. ’ The steeliness had returned to her soft Khmer vowels; her English was only slightly accented. She turned to face him, square on: and she stared him out. ‘And then. ’ Jake said nothing. Chemda’s face was ghosting in the twilight. ‘I think she died up here in the Plain of Jars. ’ ‘I have a Khmer friend in Los Angeles.
And maybe, he thought, he should stop punishing himself for the way the universe worked. His mind clicked back into gear, he recognized the name. Chemda. Chemda Tek. A beautiful Cambodian girl from Phnom Penh. She spoke English. American educated. A lawyer or something with an NGO. Maybe the UN? The tribunals by the airport in Phnom Penh. He’d met her at the Foreign Correspondents Club. ‘Chemda Tek. ’ ‘Well it’s Tek Chemda technically. Khmers reverse their names like the Chinese. Surname first, pretty name second.
Stone . . jars. Sitting in . ’ He paused. ’ They laughed. Tyrone continued: ‘Plain of Jars: two-thousand-year-old jars. Big fuckers. Near Ponsavanh. Saw them years back. Boring but curious. ’ ‘But what’ve they got to do with . ’ ‘The Khmer Rouge? ’ Ty smiled affably. ‘Ain’t got a clue. ’ ‘The whole thing back in the 70s obviously freaked out the professors. ’ ‘But why the hospital? ’ A tuk-tuk clattered past, two stroke engine coughing fumes into the soft tropical night. Barefoot German girls were laughing in the back as they counted out wads of kip.