A Study in Revenge: A Novel

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Crown Publishers, 2013 - Fiction - 372 pages
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In 1893, a trail of ashen footprints leads Deputy Archie Lean to the body of a murdered thief. The man’s exposed flesh has been horribly burned and occult symbols mark the nearby walls. Most troubling of all is what Lean witnessed two days earlier: this same man being lowered into his grave without a burn mark on him.  Once again, the Portland, Maine, police deputy must turn to the brilliant criminalist Perceval Grey for help. 

Grey, a half-Abenaki Indian detective,  faces problems of  his own after agreeing to an elderly tycoon’s death-bed plea to find his long-lost granddaughter. The dying man’s family is less interested in the missing heiress than with the recent theft of an obscure heirloom carved with curious symbols. As the family’s shadowy history is revealed, the three mysteries intersect to draw Lean and Grey into a maze of murder, deceit, and revenge. Each deadly new clue points toward an even greater puzzle—one that will pit Grey against a devious murderer in a race to unlock an ancient and mysterious power.
  

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Review: A Study in Revenge (Archie Lean #2)

User Review  - Pistol Pete - Goodreads

There are times a book simply catches your fancy. Whether it's the time of year, your mood, other things going on in your life, whatever, a book just clicks and you enjoy it. Such was the case for ... Read full review

Review: A Study in Revenge (Archie Lean #2)

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If is not often I read a book and find no redeeming qualities. There is nothing I like about this book. I didn't read the first one and the author refers to it at least twenty times. Not only is it ... Read full review

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KIERAN SHIELDS grew up in Portland, Maine. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Maine School of Law.  His first novel, The Truth of All Things, was published by Crown in March 2012. Shields continues to reside along the coast of Maine with his wife and two children.

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