“I’m considering putting together an expedition to find
the Khan’s lost tomb.”
“Don’t bother,” Annja said, missing the quick flicker
of surprise that flashed across Davenport’s face
when she didn’t even glance up from her drink.
“Why not?” he asked.
“Because he more than likely didn’t have one.”
Davenport sat back and watched her for a moment.
“What if I told you that the Mongols did build a
secret tomb for their Great Khan? That they filled it
with an amazingly diverse treasure trove, loot from
the hundreds of cultures he conquered? And what
if I said I had in my possession the journal of a man
who had intimate details of the burial process and a
map to the location?”
Annja smiled. “I’d say you better hire someone to
authenticate the map and the writings pretty darn
quick. Hell, I’d be happy to do it for you myself just
to prove to you the ridiculousness of the very idea.”
“Good. You can start first thing
in the morning.”
Annja stared at him blankly for a moment, and then
it dawned on her that she had been neatly led right
where Davenport wanted her to go.
Look for The Spirit Banner available January 12, 2010, wherever books are sold.