Product update: The Tavernier Stones has won the 2011 Independent Publisher (IPPY) gold medal in the mystery/suspense/thriller category.
When the body of seventeenth-century mapmaker Johannes Cellarius floats to the surface of a bog in northern Germany with a 57-carat ruby clutched in his fist, the grisly discovery ignites a deadly twenty-first-century international treasure hunt to unearth the fabled Tavernier stones. The hoard reputedly contains some of the world's most notorious missing jewels, including the 280-carat Great Mogul diamond and the 242-carat Great Table diamond.
Scrupulously honest Amish-born cartographer John Graf teams up with outlaw prospector and gemologist David Freeman in a ferocious race to find the treasure and break a secret code that will unravel the centuries-old Tavernier stones mystery. But other fortune hunters, opportunists and criminals alike, are in hot pursuit of the mismatched partners---and they'll stop at nothing to possess the legendary jewels.
"The Tavernier Stones has something for every reader--adventure, intrigue, information, and no small amount of wit. An exciting debut from a talented new author, this novel delivers the goods." --Debra Ginsberg, author of The Grift and The Neighbors are Watching
"An utterly compelling adventure that pulls you along on a rollicking ride and doesn't let go of you until you turn the last page. The writing just sparkles." --Patricia Wood, author of Lottery
"From the opening pages to the closing scene, Stephen Parrish has created a literary mystery, one with adventure, history, cartography, jewels, and unforgettable characters. I can't recall the last time I finished a mystery that also moved me so much." --Erica Orloff, author of The Roofer and Freudian Slip
"The Tavernier Stones is a sparkling, multi-faceted gem of a fast-paced thriller." --Eric Stone, author of Shanghaied
"Relentlessly fascinating, Stephen Parrish's The Tavernier Stones is reminiscent of Dan Brown's Lost Symbol, but this treasure hunt based on real historical figures involves ancient maps, complex codes, and a cache of mysterious lost gems. It's one hell of a good time." --Mark Terry, author of The Fallen
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Published May 8, 2010
by MIDNIGHT INK.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime.