Halvar the Hireling, now the Captain of the Town Guard, must deal with the deaths of a messenger boy and a respected professor of mathematics, both of which may be linked to a shipment of arms being smuggled into Manatas. To make matters worse, a cougar has been spotted in the hills north of the town. Sectarian disputes and personal rivalries make for a not-so-happy holiday for this ex-mercenary and reluctant detective.
In a nation where the Confederacy is a world power, shots ring out, and a famed civil rights leader is murdered.
McKenna Alexander is an investigative reporter who isn’t afraid to challenge those in power, and something about this assassination screams “conspiracy.” As she digs deeper, she begins to uncover an ugly secret that began during the Second World War and is only now coming to fruition.
As she races to expose the conspirators, they race to ensure her permanent silence, and only her despised ex-husband is willing to help her stay alive.
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If people would only stop trying to kill him, Halvar the Dane might finally manage to do what he was sent to the island of Manatas to do—get the fugitive Leon di Vicenza on a boat back to Al-Andalus.
And he didn’t intend to kill two people before breakfast in the process.
However, once again murder and intrigue immerse the calif’s Hireling in more trouble than he ever wanted; and before he learns who murdered the pawnbroker, the mystery will take enough twists and turns to make a good man dizzy.