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The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth
and absolute power over kings and popes . . . until the
Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their
hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have
learned that it is not at all what they thought it was-and its true
nature could change the modern world.
Cotton Malone, one-time top operative for the U.S. Justice
Department, is enjoying his quiet new life as an antiquarian book
dealer in Copenhagen when an unexpected call to action reawakens
his hair-trigger instincts-and plunges him back into the
cloak-and-dagger world he thought he'd left behind.
It begins with a violent robbery attempt on Cotton's former
supervisor, Stephanie Nelle, who's far from home on a mission that
has nothing to do with national security. Armed with vital clues to
a series of centuries-old puzzles scattered across Europe, she
means to crack a mystery that has tantalized scholars and
fortune-hunters through the ages by finding the legendary cache of
wealth and forbidden knowledge thought to have been lost forever
when the order of the Knights Templar was exterminated in the
fourteenth century. But she's not alone. Competing for the historic
prize-and desperate for the crucial information Stephanie
possesses-is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with an army of
assassins at his command.
Welcome or not, Cotton seeks to even the odds in the perilous race.
But the more he learns about the ancient conspiracy surrounding the
Knights Templar, the more he realizes that even more than lives are
at stake. At the end of a lethal game of conquest, rife with
intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for power, lies a shattering
discovery that could rock the civilized world-and, in the wrong
hands, bring it to its knees.
From the Hardcover edition.