By Philip Carter
“They didn’t need to kill him…He by no means drank from the altar of bones.”
Cryptic loss of life phrases from a murdered homeless girl in modern San Francisco release a decades-buried mystery that modified history. Now a couple of ruthless assassins are despatched to chop the few dwelling "loose ends." And a young, imaginative lady at the run encounters a determined guy along with his personal hooked up previous and vengeful agenda. compelled to partner for survival and solutions, a fast-paced and lethal video game of cat and mouse ensues, taking them around the globe from the winding streets of Paris to the faded palaces of Budapest to the frozen lakes of Mongolia...where future, passion, and further betrayal look ahead to them.
The Altar of Bones has all of it: The Russian mob. KGB spies. Presidential assasination. A doomed Hollywood legend. Deathbed confessions. Corrosive power. Shattered families. Guardians of an ancient religious icon housing a mystery others will kill to possess. The darkish promise of immortality. And it offers on its bold premise to go away you surprised and breathless on the finish.
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I crouched down beside him. ” He shook his head. “Hard to say. ” I looked around the parking lot, then over at the moldy façade of the Cacique. ” Angel shrugged. “They’re still checking, but I don’t think they’ll ﬁnd anything. The other times, he just used a handy Dumpster. Huh,” he said suddenly. ” He used a pencil to peel back the plastic bag. ” The end of a disjointed leg stuck out, looking pale and exceptionally dead in the glare of the sun. This piece ended in the ankle, foot neatly lopped off.
Being careful meant building a careful life, too. Compartmentalize. Socialize. Imitate life. All of which I had done, so very carefully. I was a near perfect hologram. Above suspicion, beyond reproach, and beneath contempt. A neat and polite monster, the boy next door. Even Deborah was at least half fooled, half the time. Of course, she believed what she wanted to believe, too. Right now she believed I could help her solve these murders, jump-start her career and catapult her out of her Hollywood sex suit and into a tailored business suit.
Harry had always been right, he was right now. Don’t get emotionally involved, Harry had said. So I wouldn’t. I would help Deb. C H A P T E R T 5 he next morning it was raining and the trafﬁc was crazy, like it always is in Miami when it rains. Some drivers slowed down on the slick roads. That made others furious, and they leaned on their horns, screamed out their windows, and accelerated out onto the shoulder, ﬁshtailing wildly past the slowpokes and waving their ﬁsts. At the LeJeune on-ramp, a huge dairy truck had roared onto the shoulder and hit a van full of kids from a Catholic school.
Altar of Bones by Philip Carter