This is book number 15 in the Cotton Malone series.
The seven precious relics of the Arma Christi, the weapons of Christ, are disappearing from sanctuaries across the globe in the latest edition of the “incredible” (Suspense Magazine) Cotton Malone series.
After former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone witnesses the theft of the Holy Blood, he learns from his old boss, Stephanie Nelle, that a private auction is about to be held where incriminating information on the president of Poland will be offered to the highest bidder––blackmail that both the United States and Russia want, but for vastly different reasons.
The price of admission to that auction is one of the relics, so Malone is first sent to a castle in Poland to steal the Holy Lance, a thousand-year-old spear sacred to not only Christians but to the Polish people, and then on to the auction itself. But nothing goes as planned and Malone is thrust into a bloody battle between nations over information that, if exposed, could change the balance of power in Europe. Now, from the tranquil canals of Bruges to the elegant rooms of Wawel Castle to an ancient Polish salt mine, Malone is caught in the middle of a deadly war––the outcome of which turns on a secret known as the Warsaw Protocol.
Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Cotton Malone novels (The Bishop's Pawn, The Malta Exchange), among other books, and several works of short fiction. He has 25 million books in print, translated into 40 languages.
With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation. He serves as an emeritus member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president.