By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
A mystery chamber.
A mysterious shipwreck.
A homicide within the desolate salt marshes.
A probably easy deepest case seems to be even more complicated-and sinister-than specified Agent A.X.L. Pendergast ever may have anticipated.
Pendergast, with his ward Constance Greene, travels to the old fashioned beach village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to enquire the robbery of a important wine assortment. yet contained in the wine cellar, they locate anything significantly extra worrying: a bricked-up area of interest that when held a crumbling skeleton.
Pendergast and Constance quickly examine that Exmouth is a city with a really darkish and heritage, and this skeleton could be in basic terms the 1st trace of an historical transgression, stored mystery these types of years. yet they are going to observe that the sins of the previous are nonetheless greatly alive. neighborhood legend holds that in the 1692 witch trials in Salem, the genuine witches escaped, fleeing north to Exmouth and settling deep within the surrounding salt marshes, the place they persevered to perform their depraved arts.
Then, a murdered corpse turns up within the marshes. the single clue is a sequence of mysterious carvings. may perhaps those demonic symbols endure a few relation to the traditional witches' colony, lengthy believed to be abandoned?
A poor evil lurks underneath the skin of this sleepy seashore town-one with deep roots in Exmouth's grim historical past. And it can be that Constance, along with her personal bothered prior, is the single one that actually comprehends the grim probability that she, Pendergast, and the citizens of Exmouth needs to face . . .
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Der Gemeindechor sang sich wacker durch mittelalterliche Choräle und moderne Wiegenlieder, die durch den geschmückten Raum schwebten, als sei nur Frieden in der Welt. Er sang gegen Finsternis und Kälte, gegen graues Elend und schwarzen Kummer an. Die nahe Geburt des neuen Gottes schien alles Böse zu vertreiben, eine Linie zwischen gestern und heute, zwischen Dunkelheit und kommendem Licht zu ziehen. Ethan schaute und lauschte, stimmte in die Choräle ein, wo dies erwartet wurde, erinnerte sich und versuchte zugleich zu vergessen.
Gerald nickte. « Gerald zuckte die Achseln. �Weiß ich noch nicht. Hab nicht darüber nachgedacht. « �Du weißt, dass wir das ausgeschlossen haben«, antwortete Chips und hob das Glas an die Lippen. Er war ein hochgewachsener Mann, schon etwas gebückt, aber drahtig, als hätten seine Muskeln an Kraft und Elastizität nichts eingebüßt. «, fragte Gerald. « Chips zuckte die Schultern. �Wir sind froh, dass du sie aufbewahrst. Aber du wirst immer älter – wie wir alle. Es ist an der Zeit, dass wir eine neue Möglichkeit finden.
Er konnte einen Tag dauern oder auch eine Woche. Niemand vermochte das genau zu sagen. Alle Männer der Patrouille waren alte Hasen, die sich mit Wüstenwinden auskannten. Zur LRDG wurde keiner genommen, der nicht mit ein paar Unannehmlichkeiten zurechtkam. Die Briten, Neuseeländer, Australier oder Inder gehörten allesamt zu der merkwürdigen Art Mensch, der die leeren Weiten und die glühende Hitze der Sahara mehr bedeuteten als ihre Heimatorte, ob nun die Home Counties bei London, das neuseeländische Wellington oder das indische Calcutta.