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The Puzzle of Peri Reis
     

The Puzzle of Peri Reis

by Kent Conwell
 

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After months of stumbling through catacombs beneath a New Orleans cemetery, evading alligators at Bayou Teche, dodging a band of fanatics searching for an ancient crystal skull, and tracking down the torch man of two clubs on Austin's Sixth Street, Tony Boudreaux wants a rest. So when a San Antonio client offers a ten-thousand-dollar retainer to find a priceless

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After months of stumbling through catacombs beneath a New Orleans cemetery, evading alligators at Bayou Teche, dodging a band of fanatics searching for an ancient crystal skull, and tracking down the torch man of two clubs on Austin's Sixth Street, Tony Boudreaux wants a rest. So when a San Antonio client offers a ten-thousand-dollar retainer to find a priceless map hidden in his deceased father's den, Tony takes the job.

To his dismay, the simple task of finding a hidden map explodes into a series of attempts on his life and two murders with over half a dozen suspects, all of whom stand to gain from the map, which is rumored to have been ancient even in the time of Alexander the Great.

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Publishers Weekly

At the outset of Conwell's middling 10th Tony Boudreaux mystery (after 2008's The Crystal Skull Murders), San Antonio resident Ted Odom hires the Austin, Tex., PI to track down a valuable map Odom's father left him as an inheritance. Besides showing parts of the African and South American coasts, the ancient Piri Reis map accurately depicts the Antarctic coastline, which hasn't been free of ice for 6,000 years. Odom can't be sure whether one of the many people who covet the map stole it, or whether his father, a puzzle addict, just hid it extremely well. The senior Odom's death was ruled an accident, but Boudreaux suspects foul play after traveling to San Antonio to get the lay of the land and meet the players. Boudreaux's hard-boiled voice doesn't always ring true ("As cynical as it sounds, people tell lies"), and most readers will have little trouble figuring out whodunit before the author reveals the answer. (June)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477812181
Publisher:
Thomas & Mercer
Publication date:
11/20/2012
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Kent Conwell grew up in the Texas Panhandle in the town of Wheeler, population 848. He has won awards for short stories, screenplays, mysteries, and westerns. The Puzzle of Piri Reis is Kent's eleventh mystery for Avalon.

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