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By Alex Archer

After risking her lifestyles to discover a chinese language imperial seal, merely to have it stolen by means of a crafty tomb robber, archaeologist Annja Creed feels she has continued one treasure-hunting fiasco too many. but if a mysterious collector bargains a present for a worthwhile golden elephant, Annja supplies in. in any case, there are debts to be paid, adventures to be had.

The artifact is expounded to be hidden in an enormous and old temple complicated within the mountainous jungles of Southeast Asia, and Annja needs to meet with quite a few students with a view to pinpoint its place. but if every one professional she visits is located lifeless, Annja fears another person is after the artifact.

And her. And she's most likely subsequent at the killer's checklist.

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Hand over making excuses and cross. ” She went. Bent virtually double, she slipped from the saw-edged foliage as quietly as she may possibly. She part ran to a constitution sticking out from the bottom of the most corridor like a few kind of progress, clear of view from the line. hiking up a tree becoming correct along it, she walked alongside a huge department, utilizing smaller ones for handholds, correct onto the substructure’s roof. Its steeply pitched tiles have been glazed ceramic and slick as rainy glass. yet their flared, knobby ends supplied traction of a kind. From there she proceeded up onto the most roof’s decrease direction and started to paintings her manner gingerly round. She hung on to the upper-course tiles, even if they supplied extra the appearance of a purchase order than something that used to be truly going to forestall her from falling a dozen ft onto hard-packed clay if she misplaced her footing. due to Google she knew the statue she sought stood in an aspect chamber towards the again, close to the most altar with its conventional larger-than-life seated Buddha. At what she was hoping was once definitely the right spot she hunkered down and peered within. She observed a large area lit dimly with the wavering yellow glow of oil lamps. She slid within, being cautious to maintain her ft at the base of the window body. Shutters to maintain out the rain hung underneath, most likely to be driven close with lengthy poles whilst precious. the very last thing she wanted was once to place weight on one, have it cave in, and feature the full monastery come operating to the racket to discover her mendacity at the ground in their sanctum along with her leg damaged. It used to be farther to the ground than she anticipated. probably ten toes. She enable herself cling from a decrease nook of the window body via one hand and drop. Her lengthy, powerful legs flexed, simply taking over the surprise. She positioned a hand at the flooring to aid help her in a crouch and listened. Her rubber-soled sneakers hadn’t made a lot noise hitting the polished hardwood flooring. Straining her senses, Annja heard not anything, felt no vibration transmitted in the course of the wooden to her fingertips. She looked as if it would have the corridor to herself. outdoor the monastery the bugs trilled and tree frogs screamed. The air inside hung thick and nonetheless as a swamp backwater. willing incense sliced the humid air; she smelled the stinky oil used at the flooring and mustiness lingering from sweaty priests’ gowns. a short survey took in an altar with its huge golden Buddha to her correct, illuminated from underneath through brass lamps whose tiny, flickering yellow glows made the seated figure’s plump, benign face look disconcertingly alive. Alcoves coated the partitions, every one containing its personal determine and lit by way of a unmarried lamp. Annja doubted any of them used to be her man Avalokiteshvara. None used to be wider than her palm. no longer for the 1st time she questioned why a person may hassle, or how somebody might even come to, scrawling a map at the backside of a statue in a few imprecise monastery in a swamp within the Thai significant plains. doubtless von Hoiningen had defined how that got here to go in his journals, that have been meticulous to the purpose of stereotypical Prussian anal retentiveness.

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