The King’s Deception
By Steve Berry
Cotton Malone just wants to live a quiet life running his bookstore in Copenhagen, Denmark. But politics – and his past – has other ideas.
Doing what he thinks is one last favor for his old boss at the Justice Department, former agent Malone agrees to find and return a young Irish street urchin named Ian Dunne, a potential witness to the murder of an agent in London.
Quiet in Copenhagen will have to wait. Gary and Ian are kidnapped when devious operatives intercept them at Heathrow. Malone, Ian, and Gary fight for their lives amid blackmail, politics, and the turmoil over the legitimacy of the British monarchy.
America and Scotland are banging heads over Scotland’s announcement to release a Libyan terrorist convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103. How will they bargain with their Atlantic neighbors to stop it? Treacherous CIA operative Blake Antrim knows. He’s after a royal secret that could destroy the United Kingdom’s claim on Northern Ireland. The British government is in a panic – its potential revelation may be the bargaining chip America needs to stop the release of the terrorist. The secret will call the monarchy’s legitimacy into question, unraveling hundreds of years of laws and traditions.
Antrim also holds a secret over the heads of the Malone family in which the innocent Gary is a pawn. Not only must Malone save Gary and Ian from Antrim, but he must stop the royal revelation to keep international relations intact.
With only a small clutch of people in whom they can trust, our heroes uncover the all-too-ugly things that happen behind the scenes in the CIA and world politics. Will the trio survive it all?
Steve Berry does an amazing job of weaving fiction together with historical facts. Berry loves and appreciates history, which is apparent in this book. The excitement rapidly escalates along with puzzles and questions that are sometimes right up front, other times, you work at figuring it out as hard as Malone does.
Berry is actively involved in promoting the study and preservation of historical landmarks through his organization History Matters. The organization “assists communities around the world with historic restoration and preservation“.
His other books include The Jefferson Key, The Devil’s Gold, and The Tudor Plot. For more about Steve Berry and his books, visit SteveBerry.org.