"A collector, Mr Wilkinson, is always collecting. This is the nature of the beast." So says London antiquities dealer Nikos Volanakis, who bought a statue of the Pharaoh Akhenaten from a smuggler assuming that he would be able to sell it to a wealthy antiquities collector for a ten-fold profit. When this fabulous golden statue of the Pharaoh of the Sun is stolen from Volanakis' gallery, he decides to enlist the services of a distant cousin, the Greek-English adventurer Hugh Wilkinson, to get it back. Wilkinson, the son of an English father and a Cretan mother, is settled in London but running out of money. He is looking for a way to replenish his bank account that does not include sitting behind a desk, while he is also considering the possibility of marriage. When Volanakis offers to pay Wilkinson half of what he paid for the statute if he recovers it, Wilkinson makes a counter-offer: he will find this statue of the Lord of Light and return it to Volanakis, but he wants half of the much larger amount for which Volanakis plans to sell it -- which is a wonderful idea if Wilkinson can survive to collect it.
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Published December 14, 2011
History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror.