Beautiful Sacrifice: A Novel

Hardcover | May 22, 2012

byElizabeth Lowell

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According to Maya legend, December 21, 2012, will mark the end of the world as we know it. Is it myth . . . or will their prediction become reality?

Archaeologist Lina Taylor has devoted her life to studying ancient Maya artifacts, splitting her time between digs in South America and the classroom teaching college students. But the professor's structured, academic life is about to spin out of control. Some extremely valuable and important Maya artifacts have gone missing. Are the culprits fanatics determined to create chaos and usher in annihilation?

Helping out a friend, former immigration and customs enforcement officer Hunter Johnston is determined to recover the missing pieces and he needs Lina's help. A man used to calling the shots and working alone, he isn't comfortable letting anyone get close, especially a beautiful and brainy woman like Lina. His gift for reading people tells him there's a lot going on below that professional exterior, and he's more than a little curious to probe her depths.

Burying herself in her work, Lina's had little experience handling men, especially one as fascinating and exasperating as the secretive, headstrong Hunter. A devoted archaeologist, she has the skill to excavate those protective layers all the way to his core.

But finding the missing artifacts is only the beginning of a mystery that will plunge these unlikely partners into adventure, romance, and danger more thrilling, sensual, and deadly than either of them knows. . . .

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According to Maya legend, December 21, 2012, will mark the end of the world as we know it. Is it myth . . . or will their prediction become reality?Archaeologist Lina Taylor has devoted her life to studying ancient Maya artifacts, splitting her time between digs in South America and the classroom teaching college students. But the prof...

Elizabeth Lowell's acclaimed suspense novels include theNew York TimesbestsellersDeath Echo,Blue Smoke and Murder,Innocent as Sin,The Wrong Hostage,Always Time to Die,The Color of Death,Die in Plain Sight,Running Scared, andMoving Target, as well as the four books featuring the Donovan family:Amber Beach,Jade Island,Pearl Cove, andMidn...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.38 × 6.38 × 1.24 inPublished:May 22, 2012Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061629863

ISBN - 13:9780061629860

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?As Lina and Hunter dodge bullets and trade wisecracks across the Southwest, Lowell (Death Echo) deftly incorporates creepy basement corpse discoveries, sleazy antiquities dealers, crumbling jungle tombs, charmingly sinister relatives, fascinating archeological elements, and a well-realized, completely invented Mayan god.? (Publishers Weekly)