By Nicholas Pengelley
NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE yr through LIBRARY JOURNAL
Ayesha Ryder bears the scars of strife within the heart East. Now her earlier is catching as much as her as she races to solve a secret that spans centuries—and threatens to alter the process history.
As Israeli and Palestinian leaders arrange to make a joint declaration on the Tower of London, an influential student is tortured and murdered in his well-appointed domestic in St. John’s wooden. educational researcher Ayesha Ryder believes the killing isn't any accident. Sir Evelyn Montagu had unearthed surprising revelations approximately T. E. Lawrence—the famed Lawrence of Arabia. may Montagu were specific due to his discoveries?
Ryder’s look for solutions takes her again to her previous existence within the heart East and right into a lion’s den of killers and traitors. As she attracts the eye of brokers from either side of the clash, together with detectives from Scotland backyard and MI5, Ryder stumbles deeper into Lawrence’s secrets and techniques, an astonishing case of royal blackmail, even the quest for the Bible’s misplaced Ark of the Covenant.
Every step of how, the endgame grows extra terrifying. but if an assault rocks London, the genuine avid gamers convey their hand—and Ayesha Ryder is left conserving the ultimate piece of the puzzle.
Praise for Ryder
“[Nick] Pengelley units an unconventional tale free on and lower than the streets of London. along with his strange heroine, the writer rejects the clichés of action-adventure thrillers and promises a shockingly pleasing read.”—Library magazine (starred review)
“An fascinating mystery with characters that you simply can’t support yet like . . . a thrill-a-minute tale . . . really worth analyzing . . . Pengelley has successful with the nature of Ayesha Ryder.”—Fresh Fiction
“This fast moving crime/political mystery not just is well timed for today’s Israeli-Palestinian conflicts however it delves into historic occasions that contributed to shaping the best way the region’s political weather has developed. . . . prepare for an edge-of-your-seat experience that includes a kick-butt heroine bent on justice . . . I had a blast examining Ryder.”—Popcorn Reads
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Bryan leaned ahead. “Did he let you know the place he suggestion the Ark will be? ” “No, he didn’t. I’m sorry. ” a short silence undefined, then Ayesha informed how they’d long gone to the Imperial warfare Museum and located the bars of song inscribed on Lawrence’s dagger. “It used to be one of these factor Ned loved,” girl Madrigal stated. “Ancient riddles. He used to be really the show-off whilst it got here to his erudition. ” She smiled. “That used to be sturdy detective paintings in your half. Making the relationship to me. you need to have gotten a surprise if you came upon i used to be nonetheless round. ” Holden laughed, yet Ayesha may include herself now not. “Lady Madrigal, did Lawrence ship you any papers almost immediately sooner than his demise in 1935? For secure custody? ” Their hostess may have made a winning actress. Her timing used to be calculated impeccably. The outdated girl drew on her cigarette, became her head, and stared into the hearth. while she became again she exhaled a trickle of smoke. A mischievous twinkle glittered in her grey eyes. “There are belongings you haven’t instructed me. ” Her look flickered over Ayesha’s torn pants and bandaged thigh. Ayesha began to answer yet, to her shock, woman Madrigal waved her to silence. “Very good. convinced. Ned did ship me anything. in advance of he was once killed. ” Ayesha held her breath, ready, maintaining girl Madrigal’s eyes. woman Madrigal lower back her gaze, unblinking. a grin twitched the perimeters of her lips. “Would you're keen on to work out it? ” she requested them. bankruptcy 31 “Thank you, Norman. ” Dame Imogen Worsley changed the telephone handset and gazed on the large-scale map of significant Britain that took up a lot of 1 wall of her place of work. Her brain raced. MI5 was once compromised. the house secretary, Sir Norman Eldritch, had simply guaranteed her he’d spoken to no one. So the leak got here from inside. one among their very own was once liable for invoice Jameson’s demise. She’d instructed purely Norman. And Peta Harrison. She positioned her head in her fingers. no longer Harrison. no longer her. Imogen lifted her head, her forehead clearing. The much more likely clarification was once that their communications were monitored. That their supposedly ultrasecure platforms could have been hacked was once super nerve-racking. nonetheless, that was once whatever they have been built to house. much better than the choice. She pressed a button on her telephone. mins later Steve Watts, the officer answerable for IT, tapped on her open door and entered. Tall and gangly, with thick ginger hair and rimless spectacles he was once continuously pushing again on a beaky nostril, Watts used to be an excellent recluse who governed his area with an iron fist. That stated, his employees cherished him. Imogen lived in consistent worry he’d be lured away by way of Google or one among its various progeny. “We’ve obtained a problem,” she acknowledged while Watts closed the door. He nodded, waited for her to move on. difficulties have been not anything new in his division. “I imagine we’ve been hacked. ” Watts opened his mouth to protest, yet she held up a hand. “Steve, i do know what you’re going to assert. that you've got a zillion courses continuously tracking for any hint of an tried hack. ” Watts nodded emphatically. back, he began to converse.