By James Twining

It is a mystery that has been hidden for greater than a half-century. The clues were scattered around the globe. Now anyone has started to piece them jointly. And the way forward for the area is determined by their being stopped in time.

In Maryland, a vicious gang breaks into the nationwide Cryptologic Museum and steals a Nazi Enigma computing device. In a London medical institution, an Auschwitz survivor is murdered in his mattress, his killers making off with a macabre trophy: the outdated man's severed left arm. In Prague, a probably valueless portray is stolen from a synagogue.

Three towns. 3 thefts.

Could there almost certainly be a connection?

Former paintings thief Tom Kirk definitely sees no cause to hyperlink the crimes while he's first requested to enquire. but if the stolen portray turns up along the amputated arm, he realizes that he has exposed an tricky path of clues laid down within the demise days of the 3rd Reich via a mystery order of SS knights. Clues resulting in a fabled treasure misplaced within the ashes of warfare that's the key to a perilous online game the place the last word prize is existence itself—Tom's included.

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No…” Dhutta shook his head, his finger stroking the veneer. “Although the swastika has been a Hindu spiritual image for millions of years. it may be present in structure around the globe, from the ruins of old Troy to the ground of Amiens Cathedral. Rudyard Kipling even used to accessorize the airborne dirt and dust jackets of all his books with it, to carry him stable success. ” “How did the Nazis come to exploit it? ” requested Archie. “From what I comprehend, Hitler thought of the early Aryans of India to be the prototypical white invaders. He observed the swastika as an inviolable hyperlink to the Aryan descent of the German people,” Dhutta defined. “Under the Nazis, the swastika grew to become the Hakenkreuz or hooked go, the emblem of the Aryan grasp race. ” “Does the notice swastika suggest whatever? ” requested Tom. “The be aware is derived from Sanskrit. The literal translation is ‘good to be. ’ In holy texts it may possibly suggest Brahma, that is good fortune, or Samsara, that is rebirth. ” He regarded up, his voice abruptly considerate. “I ask yourself, so that it will or not it's for you, Mr. Tom? ” bankruptcy THIRTY-EIGHT monetary DISTRICT, ZURICH January 8—12:42 P. M. Banque Völz et Cie occupied a nook lot in a single of Zurich’s most costly districts. It was once a neoclassical affair, most likely mid-1800s, even supposing unevenly finished, with the massive stone columns helping the doorway portico comprising an architecturally jarring blend of Ionic and Corinthian types. extra telling might be, used to be that whereas the hovering expense of genuine property had forced the vendors of neighboring plenty to rebuild larger and better to maximise the yield in their land, the Völz development remained basically tales excessive, dwarfed by way of the towering constructions round it. This stated extra in regards to the bank’s wealth and tool than the tallest skyscraper ever may possibly. A well dressed guy donning a light-weight blue flannel go well with greeted Tom and Archie within the small marbled front vestibule. It used to be extra comparable to a personal apartment than a bank—two aspect tables, travertine marble resting on ebony legs engraved with gold leaf, flanked a wide bronze door that Tom assumed led into the most corridor. every one desk supported a wide iron urn. “Guten Morgen, meine Herren. ” “Guten Morgen,” Tom spoke back, earlier than switching to English. “We’re the following to work out Herr Völz. ” the fellow frowned and appeared them skeptically up and down, Tom specifically in his light denims and shoes. “Do you will have an appointment? ” “No. ” The nook of the man’s mouth twitched, as though he had simply been instructed a mildly humorous comic story. “I’m sorry, yet Herr Völz is a truly busy guy. if you happen to go away your identify and quantity, i'll ask somebody to name you. ” He jerked his head towards the door to point that they need to depart. “We have a safety-deposit field the following. we want to check up on it instantly. ” Now the guy laughed outright. “There are not any packing containers the following. we're a financial institution, no longer a left-luggage place of work. ” “Tell Herr Völz that we've got the key,” Tom insisted, dangling it in entrance of him. “And that we’re now not leaving till he sees us. ” there has been a pause because the guy stared on the key uncertainly.

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