Duo find key to un­lock an ac­tion-filled tale

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Weekend Life - JEFF AY­ERS

A sub­ma­rine that dis­ap­peared near the end of the First World War plays a key role in a mod­ern­day mur­der in Cather­ine Coul­ter and J.T. El­li­son’s The Lost Key.

Ni­cholas Drum­mond has left his job with Bri­tish in­tel­li­gence and is now an FBI agent. He’s teamed with fe­male agent Mike Caine, and they are sum­moned to the scene of a mur­der on Wall Street. The vic­tim is a book­store owner who spe­cial­ized in rare books, but as Drum­mond and Caine dig deeper, they learn he had a se­cret iden­tity and was known in some cir­cles as The Mes­sen­ger. They stum­ble on the per­pe­tra­tor, and dur­ing the en­su­ing chase, Drum­mond ac­ci­den­tally trig­gers a mech­a­nism inside the man’s mouth that causes him to die from poi­son.

Then a ruth­less vil­lain seeks the aid of a hacker, who hap­pens to be the vic­tim’s son. If his plan suc­ceeds, he will ac­cess a deadly weapon hid­den in a sub lost dur­ing the fi­nal days of the war.

The Lost Key is a ter­rific fol­lowup to Coul­ter and El­li­son’s pre­vi­ous novel, The Fi­nal Cut. The au­thors jug­gle mar­vel­lous ac­tion with stel­lar character de­vel­op­ment and in­trigu­ing his­tory to spin another great tale.

The Lost Key Cather­ine Coul­ter and J.T. El­li­son Putnam

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