The murder of the Dimitri Kastianich antiquities curator at the Smithsonian Institution brings FBI agent, Ted Lansing to the prestigious Washington museum. Newly transferred to the FBIs DC office, and remarried to his ex-wife, Assistant FBI Director Felicia Albreda, Lansing again steps into an all-consuming case that takes him from the comforts of his new life to the barren, mountainous terrain of the Sinai Peninsula, in search of the killer and an elusive piece of granite, The Sinai Artifact.
The curator’s death and subsequent recovery of the priceless artifact becomes a race across the globe to the Vatican and ultimately to the Middle East, all with deadly consequences. What t secret does it hold and how many innocent victims will die in search of the most important archeological discovery of all time? Or is the odd shaped stone something else entirely?
From Lansing’s initial discovery that his prime suspect in the murder is not who she first appeared to be, to a cast of conspiratorial characters, including an sociopathic ex-East German Stasi agent named Hans Richter now working for Russia’s clandestine service, the global chase takes on a chain of unpredictable twists and turns when Richter, engineers the murder of an elderly Vatican priest who comes too close to the artifact’s true secret, only the start of Richter’s murderous quest of the artifact.
Roadblocks to Richter’s pursuit of the artifact and Lansing’s progress in uncovering the secret is thwarted by a formidable adversary of Richter, a linguist, and expert in biblical languages, one-time Russian operative, Irina Kazakov. But which side is she working for?
Agents from Mossad along with Lansing are caught up in the conspiracy dating to the 1967 Six Day War between Israel and her Arab neighbors.
What are the Russian’s hiding, keeping from the world, and why has the Catholic Church become interested in recovering the odd shaped stone now lost somewhere in the desert near Sinai, The Mountain of God and the centuries old monastery of Santa Katerina Hans Richter, to the ancient monastery of Santa Katerina at the foot of Jebel Musa, Sinai’s Arab name.
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Born in Philadelphia, PA in 1943, I grew up in the Bronx, NYC and Spring Valley, New York.
I earned my Bachelors degree in Biology from Southern Connecticut State College (1965) and a pair of Masters degrees from Feirleigh Dickinson University, one in Biology (1970) and a second in Psychology (1974).
After a short career in neuro-biochemical research at Rockland Psychiatric Institute, I taught high school biology for 34 years in the Clarkstown Central School District, Rockland County NY. During that time, I also operated my own portrait/wedding photography business. Self taught in Photoshop I keep my hand in the portrait business and still do restoration of heirloom photographs and portrait retouching
Now retired from teaching, my wife Fredda and I now live in Delray Beach, Florida. We have two married sons, and three grandchildren.
I am currently Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Learning in Retirement in Boca Raton and moderator of the Writer’s Studio of the Delray Beach Library.
Writing fiction did not begin until after my retirement from teaching in 2001, with a couple of successful short stories published before I turned my full attention to writing novels.