THRILLER FANS WILL LOVE MILTON, A TRUE HERO
Untested detective Milton Lessing is sent to Cyprus to find the killer of his firm’s local manager and a precious stolen icon reputed to have curative powers. Milton is no ordinary hero of crime stories. He is shorter than average, bespectacled, a scholar of human nature and criminology, but, as the son of a cop, he can handle himself.
On the plane, he meets Joe, who tells him his daughter Elena, an archaeologist, can help him find the icon.
Milton enters a world of villainy. His arrival causes panic among people who have everything to lose, including the company secretary, the financial adviser of a Russian countess, a ruthless real estate mogul, his Harvard-educated sales manager, the sexy wife of a local politician, whose affair would ruin her husband’s career, the hidden Mr. Big, the brains behind the theft, who has a terrible secret, the master fence and his brilliant female artist.
A character known as The Voice sends an assassin to kill Milton, and others entangled in various schemes; each separately plans to eliminate the nosy detective.
Enter Elena, the most beautiful woman Milton has ever seen, but icy and remote. They complement each other to a T and form a great duo. Will Milton win her love?
From the abbot of a remote monastery, they learn that a Russian monk had visited there.
On the way back from the monastery, a cement truck tries to ram them into a gorge, but Elena saves them.
When Milton tells Callia, museum director, about the Russian connection, she arranges for him to meet Countess Bolkonskaya, scion of the Russian community.
The inspector, meanwhile, summons Milton to the morgue and shows him two corpses, a monk, who was found hanged, and a thief, who took Milton’s picture in the hotel. Who is behind these unrelated murders? The police throw Milton under the bus. The inspector is livid and suggests that Milton leave the island before the “deadly icon” claims more lives.
At the countess’s Milton meets Gregory, her crooked financial adviser, and her wicked servants. While viewing the countess’s dazzling art collection, Milton asks questions about The Holy Trinity, a precious icon he suspects is fake. Has he stumbled on another art scheme? Is this another deadly icon? Gregory is nonplussed and invites Milton to a party on board his yacht.
Milton goes to the party, meets a cross-section of the New Russia, and during the merrymaking slips below to search the staterooms. While examining the contents of a closet, he feels a hand on his shoulder, turns around, and everything goes black.
Milton’s friends watch in dismay as the lights of the yacht recede into the blackness of the night. Milton has been kidnapped! Who can save him?
Travel to exotic Cyprus to find out and meet a host of memorable good and evil characters in this epic, informative, and gripping story with many surprises that asks the big existential questions.