Destiny's Pawn

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Llewellyn Worldwide, Jun 8, 2016 - Fiction - 360 pages
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Peyton's Fate Depends on the Unlikely Pawn in a Quarter-Century-Old Crime

When Agent Peyton Cote discovers a thirteen-year-old Ukrainian boy along the Canadian border, she has no idea who placed him there or why. And Victor Tankov, on his deathbed in Russia, likes it that way. By giving the boy political asylum, Peyton sets in motion a plan twenty-five years in the making, leading back to the world's largest art heist at Boston's Gardner Museum.

In his most ambitious work yet, D.A. Keeley blends one of the most famous crimes of the century with the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, creating an action-packed international thriller. As events unfold, Peyton hunts for a painting worth $150 million and the criminal masterminds who are determined to sell it no matter the cost.


"[A] solid third Peyton Cote novel."—Publishers Weekly

"[A] superbly crafted, taut mystery...Keeley has yet another fast-paced, suspenseful and wholly believable mystery hit."—Kennebec Journal

"Timely and gripping."—The Recorder


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Peyton Cote is a Border Patrol Agent in northern Maine’s Aroostook County. Her duty is to prevent anyone from crossing the border illegally. As the story begins, she finds a lone thirteen-year-old ... Read full review

Destiny's Pawn

User Review  - D A Keeley - Publishers Weekly

Keeley’s solid third Peyton Cote novel (after 2015’s Fallen Sparrow) finds the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent stationed in Maine near the Canadian border. To Peyton’s surprise, Aleksei Vann ... Read full review


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D.A. Keeley (United States) has published widely in the crime-fiction genre and is the author of six other novels, as well as short stories and essays. In addition to being a teacher and department chair at the Northfield Mount Hermon School, and a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Keeley writes a bi-weekly post for the blog Type M for Murder. You can learn more about the author and series at or on Twitter @DAKeeleyAuthor.

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