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From bestseller to death-dealer
London's Plumtree Press has a world-class bestseller of a unique. And the sequel is earmarked to get this previous relatives enterprise out of the pink. yet its nameless writer, identified to Plumtree merely as "Arthur," has it seems that vanished, leaving the an important final 5 chapters undelivered. Alex already understands they display the identification of the characters who smuggled British kids to the US in the course of international struggle II. yet, in fact, this is often fiction. So while a lead critic previews the ebook as a nonfiction exposé, Alex is stunned. much more so whilst the critic is murdered...and Alex unearths himself the objective of a ruthless hunt for the manuscript and weird makes an attempt on his existence. Ducking reporters, executive officers, and the sniping of jealous publishers, Alex is familiar with just one factor: If he cannot locate Arthur and untangle the reality, his subsequent season's checklist could be a posthumous one.

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