The Time of the Wolf by William D. Blankenship

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Believed to have vanished - along with Jim Bowie - when the Alamo fell, the original Bowie knife is the stuff of American myth. Now the knife, with its dark history of violence and bloodshed, is rumored to have surfaced from the archives of a prominent Mexican family. But Connecticut antiques dealer Kay Williams, dispatched to Texas to purchase it for a wealthy client, is experienced enough to know that when large sums of money change hands, risk is an inevitable part of the transaction. Especially when no one at the celebrated Austin auction house knows if the Bowie blade is the real thing. With millions at stake and emotions running high on the bidding room floor, a centuries-old legend explodes into modern times - with deadly results. Because one among the ruthless bidders is a cunning criminal. Another is a federal agent. And a third is a cold-blooded killer with the perfect disguise...a predator driven by dark, primal motives, and whose chilling agenda is unfolding in Kay's deepening shadow.
 

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Published September 1, 1998 by Donald I Fine. 326 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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By introducing and killing off subsidiary characters, Blankenship manages, ingeniously and often miraculously, to bring his story to a boil while keeping all six bidders alive for the auction (though a shootout goes on a mite too long), but it wouldn’t pay to sell any insurance once the bidding s...

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When American Kay Williams, in Tokyo to buy the Meiji sword for a client, witnesses the murder of the antiques dealer who owned it, she ends up helping police detective Takeo Saji track down the killer.

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Complicating the usual cutthroat bidding process are Treasury Agent Roy Scanner, who itches to find out if the Russian is carrying counterfeit American bills, and the Russian's American bodyguard, Bud Wolf, who plans to kill the successful bidder and steal the Bowie knife for himself.

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