Summer of the Dragon by Elizabeth Peters

By Elizabeth Peters

An excellent wage and an all-expenses-paid summer season spent a sprawling Arizona ranch is simply too strong a deal for fledgling anthropologist D.J. Abbott to show down. What does it subject that her wealthy new employer/benefactor, Hank Hunnicutt, is a qualified oddball who's shortly investment all demeanour of off-beat tasks, from alien conspiracy reviews to a hunt for dragon bones? there is even speak of treasure buried within the close by mountains, yet D.J. isn't really going to permit unfastened hypothesis -- or the huge charms of good-looking expert treasure hunter Jesse Franklin -- to sidetrack her. till Hunnicutt suffers a mysterious twist of fate after which vanishes, leaving the weirdos accumulated at his unfold to eye one another with nervous suspicion. yet on a excessive wasteland look for the lacking millionaire, D.J. is studying issues that won't be fit for her to understand. For the sport anyone is enjoying the following is going a long way past the rational universe -- and it can go away D.J. legitimately useless.

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There were a private bath and a dressing room whose amenities included a refrigerator tucked in under a counter. It was stocked with a mouthwatering assortment of goodies, including several tall bottles. The maid displayed all these things in silence, smiling; I smiled back and made appropriate noises. I was trying to be cool, but not blasé. The process took some time, there was so much to see. Before it was over, there was a knock at the door, and an elderly man came in, carrying my stuff. Like the maid, he appeared to be pure-blooded Indian.

According to Coronado’s Apache informants, one of the richest of all lodes, a vein of almost pure gold, was located in the slopes of the mountain where their Thunder God lived. They told Coronado about it, but such was their fear of the god that not even torture could force them to lead him to the spot. Coronado had to give up. ” He spoke with the fluency of someone who has repeated the story over and over, to himself as well as to others. His brown eyes had gone all soft and dreamy. I thought what a pity it was he didn’t look at me that way.

A possible explanation presented itself. I approached it with my usual tact. —I mean Hank’s—anthropologist in residence, I’ve no intention of trying to take your job. ” “Oh, dear me, I have offended the poor little 38 / Elizabeth Peters feminist. I’m not questioning your brains, Abbott, for the simple reason that I don’t know whether you have any. You may be the brightest thing to come down the pike since Margaret Mead, but you can’t challenge me. ” De Karsky made another of those unmirthful laughing noises.

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