One look at the centuries-old document she receives from a mysterious stranger is all it takes to plunge Lola Sanchez--a brilliant bibliophile and owner of the Red Lion bookshop--into the adventure of an already adventurous lifetime. The ancient writings tell of a stolen fortune in Montezuma's gold--and of the thief's transformation from conquistatore to alchemist . . . to werewolf.
Riches beyond imagining possibly await the stalwart globe-trotter who can solve the intricate riddles hidden in the artifact's crumbling pages. But a deadly curse is buried there as well. On a dangerous quest through the dark shadows of history, Lola and her dashing companion, Eric, will have to unravel the twisted strands of her own family's fantastical past--and stay a step ahead of the villainous treasure hunters who would eagerly kill for the secrets she possesses and the Aztec gold she seeks.
Law professor Murray continues her Red Lion series (following The Queen Jade) with a death-defying treasure hunt that transforms her "sedentary, word-mad bibliophile" heroine into "a genuine biblio-adventurer." When a stranger approaches Lola Sanchez, a Long Beach, Calif., bookshop owner and the daughter of legendary archeologist and old-fashioned pulp hero Tomas de la Rosa, with a centuries-old letter offering clues to the location of Montezuma's lost gold, she can't resist the lure-especially when told that her father died while searching for the treasure. Assisted by her half-sister, fiance, mother and stepfather, Lola follows the clues in "a suicidal treasure hunt" that leads across Italy and to some of history's most iconic sites. The characters are unique and memorable, the action fast-paced, the plot serpentine and the riddles challenging in this entertaining adventure. In heroine Sanchez, Murray has created a perfect counterweight to the traditional macho hero. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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May 12, 2008
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