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"An impressively ambitious debut that marries the crime novel with the occult thriller. . . . It's a British variant on The Da Vinci Code and The Rule of Four."-Andrew Taylor
"Cracking . . . fast paced, carefully plotted, hard-hitting, but with an edge of humour to keep it sharp . . . thoroughly to be recommended."-Manda Scott
It's a strange sort of robbery: On the surface, nothing is missing, and the only damage done is to the criminals. David Braun, star investigator for an exclusive insurance firm, is called on by his client-the sinister owner of the building-to find a priceless object that, to the outside world, was never meant to exist.
In turning to American academic Susan Milton, an expert from the London School of Antiquities, he finds a friend and ally to help him make sense of the situation and unpick the mystery. Together they discover the truth that the crime was intended to conceal. Behind it all, a ruthless thief, who is intent on acquiring a priceless antique-an antique with a bloody history its owners would prefer to keep hidden. Risking their lives, they expose a horrifying secret that's centuries old-but the discovery makes them the target of a ruthless killer the police find impossible to catch. With time running out, David and Susan race to uncover the killer's true objective even as he closes in on them . . .
Robert Finn is emerging as one of the breakthrough British authors of crime and mystery thrillers. Adept is his debut novel; Ex Machina, the sequel, is due out in autumn 2007. Finn lives and works in London.
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Robert Finn has lived in London most of his life and these days he divides his time between the UK and the US.Review:
"..it has been billed as a British Da Vinci Code. It could make a pacey, stylish thriller for the screen." -- Joel Rickett, deputy editor of The Bookseller
"Cracking...Fast paced,carefully plotted, hard-hitting, but with an edge of humour to keep it sharp...thoroughly to be recommended." -- Manda Scott, shortlisted for the Orange prize, author of the Boudica trilogy and An Unusual Suspect
"It's a British variant on The Da Vinci Code and The Rule of Four." -- Andrew Taylor, twice winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Dagger
"Wonderful...I picked up Mr. Finn's book two days ago and didn't put it down 'till I'd finished." -- The Ephemera, literary magazine
Finn is a brilliant storyteller .. for anyone who has enjoyed a Dan Brown book, Adept is a must read! -- English Da Vinci Code (kind of), August 9, 2004 Reviewer: Marc Wright from Kent, England
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