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Berry, S: Lincoln Myth

A Novel

A Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that's as explosive as it is timely-not only in Malone's world, but in ours

September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: save thousands of American lives, or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever?

The present: In Utah, the fabled remains of Mormon pioneers whose nineteenth-century expedition across the desert met with a murderous end have been uncovered. In Washington, D.C., the official investigation of an international entrepreneur, an elder in the Mormon church, has sparked a political battle between the White House and a powerful United States senator. In Denmark, a Justice Department agent, missing in action, has fallen into the hands of a dangerous zealot-a man driven by divine visions to make a prophet's words reality. And in a matter of a few short hours, Cotton Malone has gone from quietly selling books at his shop in Denmark to dodging bullets in a high-speed boat chase.

All it takes is a phone call from his former boss in Washington, and suddenly the ex-agent is racing to rescue an informant carrying critical intelligence. It's just the kind of perilous business that Malone has been trying to leave behind, ever since he retired from the Justice Department. But once he draws enemy blood, Malone is plunged into a deadly conflict-a constitutional war secretly set in motion more than two hundred years ago by America's Founding Fathers.

From the streets of Copenhagen to the catacombs of Salzburg to the rugged mountains of Utah, the grim specter of the Civil War looms as a dangerous conspiracy gathers power. Malone risks life, liberty, and his greatest love in a race for the truth about Abraham Lincoln-while the fate of the United States of America hangs in the balance.

Praise for Steve Berry and his Cotton Malone series

"In Malone, [Steve] Berry has created a classic, complex hero." - USA Today

"Malone, a hero with a personal stake in the proceedings, is a welcome respite from the cold, calculating superspies who litter the genre." - Entertainment Weekly

"Steve Berry gets better and better with each new book." -The Huffington Post

"Savvy readers . . . cannot go wrong with Cotton Malone." - Library Journal

"Berry raises this genre's stakes." - The New York Times

"I love this guy." -No. 1 internationally bestselling author Lee Child
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Praise for Steve Berry and his Cotton Malone series

"In Malone, [Steve] Berry has created a classic, complex hero." - USA Today

"Malone, a hero with a personal stake in the proceedings, is a welcome respite from the cold, calculating superspies who litter the genre." - Entertainment Weekly

"Steve Berry gets better and better with each new book." -The Huffington Post

"Savvy readers . . . cannot go wrong with Cotton Malone." - Library Journal

"Berry raises this genre's stakes." - The New York Times

"I love this guy." -No. 1 internationally bestselling author Lee Child
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    Off the coast of Denmark

    Wednesday, October 8

    7:40 p.m.

    One glance and Cotton Malone knew there was trouble.

    The Øresund, which separated the northern Danish island of Zealand from the southern Swedish province of Scania, usually one of the busiest waterways in the world, was light on traffic. Only two boats in sight across the gray-blue water-his and the fast-approaching profile of the one slicing toward them.

    He'd noticed the craft just after they'd left the dock at Landskrona on the Swedish side of the channel. A red-and-white twenty-footer with dual inboards. His boat was a rental, secured at the Copenhagen waterfront on the Danish side, a fifteen-footer with a single outboard. The engine howled as he plowed through the moderate surf, the skies clear, the crisp evening air devoid of breeze-lovely fall weather for Scandinavia.

    Three hours ago he was working in his bookshop at Højbro Plads. He'd planned on dinner at the Café Norden, as he did almost every evening. But a call from Stephanie Nelle, his former boss at the Justice Department, changed all that.

    "I need a favor," she said. "I wouldn't ask if it wasn't an emergency. There's a man named Barry Kirk. Short black hair, pointy nose. I need you to go get him."

    He heard the urgency in her request.

    "I have an agent en route, but he's been delayed. I don't know when he'll get there, and this man has to be found. Now."

    "I don't suppose you're going to tell me why."

    "I can't. But you're the closest to him. He's across the water in Sweden, waiting for someone to come get him."

    "Sounds like trouble."

    "I have an agent missing."

    He hated to hear those words.

    "Kirk may know where he is, so it's important to secure him quickly. I'm hoping we're ahead of any problems. Just bring him back to your shop and keep him there until my guy comes for him."

    "I'll take care of it."

    "One more thing, Cotton. Take your gun."

    He'd immediately gone upstairs to his fourth-floor apartment above his bookshop and found the knapsack beneath his bed, the one he always kept ready with identification, money, a phone, and his Magellan Billet-issued Beretta, which Stephanie had allowed him to keep when he retired.

    The gun now nestled against the small of his back, beneath his jacket.

    "They're getting closer," Barry Kirk said.

    Like he didn't know that. Two engines were always better than one.

    He held the wheel steady, his throttle three-quarters of the way engaged. He decided to max out the power and the bow rose as the V-hull gained speed. He glanced back. Two men occupied the other boat-one driving, the other standing with a gun.

    This just kept getting better and better.

    They were not yet halfway across the channel, still on the Swedish side, heading diagonally southwest toward Copenhagen. He could have taken a car, crossing the Øresund Bridge that connected Denmark to Sweden, but that would have taken an extra hour. Water was faster and Stephanie was in a hurry, so he'd rented the bowrider runabout from the same shop he always used. Far cheaper to rent than to own a boat, especially considering how little he ventured out on the water.

    "What do you plan to do?"

    A stupid question. Kirk was definitely annoying. He'd located him pacing the docks, exactly where Stephanie had said he'd be waiting, anxious to leave. Code words had been arranged so they both would know they'd found the right person. Joseph for him. Moroni for Kirk.

    Odd choices.

    "Do you know who those men are?" he asked.

    "They want to kill me."

    He kept the boat pointed toward Denmark, its hull breasting the waves with jarring lunges, throwing spray.

    "And why do they want to kill you?" he asked over the engine's roar.

    "Who are you, exactly?"

    He cut a quick glance at Kirk. "The guy who's going to save y
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 512
Erscheinungsdatum 30.12.2014
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-553-84146-6
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 17.6/10.8/4 cm
Gewicht 248 g
Verkaufsrang 31845
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