Dr. Lisa Emmer is a scholar, a papyrologist. Until one fateful day, her life has been routine. Attempting to board transportation in Paris, Lisa is stopped by police. Her longtime mentor, Dr. Foix, has been found dead in his apartment. Raimond has been shot & killed at his desk.
Dumbfounded, Lisa accompanies police to his apartment & her life will never be the same. As clues unfold, Lisa wonders if she ever really knew Raimond. Now, she finds herself under police scrutiny, running from unknown subjects, & her confusion level rising by the minute.
In reality, Raimond had ties that go back as far as sixteen hundred years. Clues that he left behind for Lisa must be deciphered & she can only trust a handful of people. While she launches a search for Raimond’s killer, she finds herself on the run from a nun & monk duo that is deadest on her death.
Can Lisa find the answers she needs including her own identity before the forces searching for her find out first?
Rob Swigart has weaved one whale of a tale here. Intertwining history & fiction, he creates a bit of myth mixed with a fascinating thriller. Most of the fictional account is believable although there are so really deep stretches of the imagination towards the middle of the novel.
I enjoyed the adventure. Some sensitive readers may have difficulty with certain scenes of violence involving members of the Catholic Church when the act on the part of the Inquisition. Historical fiction fans will most certainly love it. If separating fact & fiction in historical accounts is too much for you, opt out of this one. Knowledge of the time period of the Inquisition will be helpful but absolutely not a prerequisite as Mr. Swigart does an incredible job of providing actual facts to back up his history bending.
Five stars is my rating.