By A. J. Hartley
An imprecise museum's lifeless owner lies in a mystery room surrounded by way of one of many world's so much awesome collections of Greek antiquities. just a worthy Mycenaean loss of life masks has been taken, besides the bones of a mythical hero suggestion to exist merely in historic fable. Looted via the Nazis, the treasures are nonetheless being sought via these whose goals of glory stay undefeated. The masks is an unheard of discovery that might be a strength for devastating retribution within the incorrect arms. yet by the point museum curator Deborah Miller learns the reality, it can be too overdue not just to save lots of herself--but to bare to the realm the outstanding mystery she's exposed.
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The idea (unseen shapes swimming behind the panes) bothered her, and she moved quickly. There was still no sign of damage or disturbance of any kind, but there was a dull, metallic tang in her mouth, as if some primordial gland in her brain stem had activated an ancient alarm. She walked faster, and as she did so, she dialed Richard’s home number. It started ringing. She braced herself for his bewildered voice and then, when it did not come, began to run, the ringing phone still pressed to her ear.
The maid stiffened. Deborah braced herself for a tirade, but it didn’t come. Instead Tonya merely shrugged. “Don’t guess you’ll let me do much else around here today,” she said. ” Deborah raised an eyebrow. Cerniga turned to the odious dragon-lady ship prow. “That’s quite a thing,” said Cerniga, looking up at it, his voice neutral. “Isn’t it just,” said Deborah. Then, relenting a little, she added, “Richard wanted it properly restored. ” 52 A. J. Hartley “I like it,” Cerniga decided, grinning and ﬁshing his notebook from an inside pocket.
I am the third. ” “And you came here from . . ” “I did my graduate work here,” said Deborah. ” “Yeah, you sound like you’re from someplace like that,” said Keene, emphasizing his own Southern drawl in case she might have missed it. ” Deborah didn’t know what to say. Keene resented her, and though she was used to that, she usually had to earn it. The policeman just didn’t like her, hadn’t liked her since the moment he met her. “I’ve been trying to expand and focus the collection ever since,” she said, trying to concentrate on the matter at hand.