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Books featuring codes, religion, the art world, conspiracies, fast moving action, historical and/or scientific details, biblical tie-ins. . .

Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.
  • The Alexander Cipher
    Author: Adams, Will
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446404686 Date: 2009
    Daniel Knox's first love is archaeology, more specifically Alexander the Great. In this adventure, he competes with rival archaeologists, Egyptian officials, and Macedonian nationalists in the hunt for one of the greatest archaeological prizes in the world.
    Suggested Reading: Adrenaline
    Updated 2.26.09
  • School of Night
    Author: Bayard, Louis
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780805090697 Date: 2011
    starLJ star PW
    An ancient mystery, a lost letter, and a timeless love unleash a long-buried web of intrigue that spans four centuries, from 16th-century England to modern-day Washington, D.C.
    Updated 2.7.11
  • The Jefferson Key
    Author: Berry, Steve
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345505514 Date: 2011
    Four United States presidents have been assassinated--in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963--each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution--contained within Article 1, Section 8--that would shock Americans? This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing--only to find himself at dangerous odds with the Commonwealth, a secret society of pirates first assembled during the American Revolution. In their most perilous exploit yet, Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt race across the nation and take to the high seas. Along the way they break a secret cipher originally possessed by Thomas Jefferson, unravel a mystery concocted by Andrew Jackson, and unearth a centuries-old document forged by the Founding Fathers themselves, one powerful enough--thanks to that clause in the Constitution--to make the Commonwealth unstoppable. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.15.11
  • The Rule of Four
    Author: Caldwell, Ian & Dustin Thomason
    Publisher: Dial $ 24 ISBN: 0385337116 Date: 2004
    When a long-lost diary surfaces, it seems Tom Sullivan and Paul Harris have found the key to a secret labyrinth. However, when a fellow researcher is murdered only hours after their find, the friends suddenly realize that they are caught in a web of great danger.
    Updated 3.15.04
  • The Altar of Bones
    Author: Carter, Philip
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781439199084 Date: 2011
    "They didn't have to kill him...He never drank from the altar of bones." Cryptic dying words from a murdered homeless woman in present-day San Francisco unlock a decades-buried secret that changed history. Now a pair of ruthless assassins are sent to cut the few living loose ends.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • The Fallen Angel: Nic Costa
    Author: Hewson, David
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385341523 Date: 2011
    Nic Costa and the detectives of Rome's Questura must solve a case with roots buried deep in one of the ancient city's most infamous episodes--a story of incest, murder, and martyrdom. In a novel that captures modern Rome in all its complexity, as well as its history of beauty and barbarity, genius and blindness, The Fallen Angel is a twisting and twisted contest between innocence and evil.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • The Sign
    Author: Khoury, Raymond
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780525950974 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    The "New York Times"-bestselling author of The Last Templar and The Sanctuary returns with this thriller that combines gripping contemporary suspense with a high-concept mystery rooted in history, philosophy, religion, and science.
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Ex-Libris
    Author: King, Ross
    Publisher: Walker $ 24.95 ISBN: 0802733573 Date: 2001
    A cryptic summons to a remote country house launches a London bookseller on an odyssey through 17th-century Europe. Given the task of restoring a magnificent library that has been pillaged during the English Civil War, Isaac Inchbold finds himself slipping from the surface of 1660s London into an underworld of spies, smugglers, ciphers, and forgeries.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Mystery Stars
    Updated 2/28/00
  • The Medusa Amulet
    Author: Masello, Robert
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780553807790 Date: 2011
    In this new spine-tingling thriller, the quest to recover a legendary artifact--and plumb its secrets--depends upon one man: David Franco, a brilliant but skeptical young scholar at Chicago's world-renowned Newberry Library. What begins as a simple investigation quickly spirals into a twisting, turning tale of suspense and intrigue.
    Updated 1.20.11
  • The Hunt for Atlantis
    Author: McDermott, Andy
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780553592856 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The explosive first novel in a series from debut adventure thriller writer McDermott takes readers on a legendary journey to find the greatest treasure in human history--the lost city of Atlantis.
    Suggested Reading: Adrenaline
    Updated 8.31.09
  • A Darker Domain
    Author: McDermid, Val
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061688980 Date: 2009
    The bestselling master of suspense presents this stand-alone thriller--a brilliant exploration of loyalty and greed that intertwines past and present.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Daughter of God
    Author: Perdue, Lewis
    Publisher: Tor/Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312890745 Date: 2000
    For more than 1,000 years, the Vatican hid proof that a female Messiah named Sophia performed healing miracles. But the secret is out, and the revelation of this long-shrouded conspiracy could shake the very foundation of Western religions to the ground.
  • Declare
    Author: Powers, Tim
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25 ISBN: 0380976528 Date: 2001
    A coded message draws Professor Andrew Hale back into Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1963. Elements from his past are gathering in Beirut, rushing toward a deadly confrontation on Mt. Ararat, where a covert Soviet expedition is closing in on the biblical Ark.
    Updated 12/18/00
  • The Doomsday Key
    Author: Rollins, James
    $ 27.99 ISBN: 9780061231407 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    A "New York Times"-bestselling author continues to dazzle as he sends Sigma Force to solve a centuries-old secret coded in prophecies of doom. Rollins combines real-world science with high-octane action.--"Chicago Sun-Times."
    Suggested Reading: Adrenaline
    Updated 6.10.09
  • The Grail Conspiracy
    Author: Scholes, Lynn & Joe Moore
    Publisher: Midnight Ink $ 14.95 ISBN: 0738707872 Date: 2005
    On assignment in the Middle East, television journalist Cotton Stone stumbles upon an archeological dig that uncovers the world's largest most-sought-after religious relic: The Holy Grail. With his last dying breath, Dr. Noel Archer gives it to Cotton, uttering "You are the only one" in a language she's heard from only one other person her deceased twin sister. What begins as a hot news story for the ambitious young reporter soon turns into a nightmare when the Holy Grail is stolen and strange accidents befall her dearest friends. Running for her life, she turns to John Tyler, a priest with firsthand knowledge of religious artifacts, for help. An anonymous source leads them to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, where an abominable experiment is underway that unless destroyed promises to unleash an ancient evil upon the Earth. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 8.24.05
  • Threshold: Jack Sigler
    Author: Robinson, Jeremy
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312540302 Date: 2011
    An ancient tower holds the key to unlocking a horrifying secret hidden within mankind's most antiquated languages. If unlocked, the world as we know it will cease to exist. Jeremy Robinson's third book in the Jack Sigler series is a rocket-powered thriller, combining high adrenaline action, smart science, ancient legends, and stunning locations.
    Updated 3.7.11
  • The Kill Artist
    Author: Silva, Daniel
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375500901 Date: 2001
    The bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy and The Mark of the Assassin returns with a new hero and a thrilling story of Middle East political intrigue and terrorism that covers three continents and shows the peace process in jeopardy. The story, by an author who was praised by Newsday for "bringing new life to the international thriller", features a colorful supporting cast and fascinating background detail about the Palestinian situation and the cutthroat art world.
    Suggested Reading: Espionage
    Updated 11/30/00
  • The Genizah At the House of Shepher
    Author: Yellin, Tamar
    Publisher: Toby $ 19.95 ISBN: 1592640850 Date: 2005
    A scholar, returning to her family home in Jerusalem becomes embroiled in a family dispute over a discovered Codex, brought home originally her great-great grandfather. Set against the backdrop pf a hundred and thirty years of change, this is a novel of exile and belonging, displacement and the quest for both love and a true promised land.
    Updated 3.10.05

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