Shroud

Shroud

Book - 2003 | 1st American ed.
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Baker & Taylor
When a young woman threatens to expose a damaging secret from his former life, Axel Vander, an elderly scholar and master liar, is forced to embark on a reluctant odyssey through his past to uncover the truths that he has so carefully hidden and others of which he himself had been unaware. By the author of Eclipse. 25,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Axel Vander is an old man, in ill health, recently widowed, a scholar renowned for both his unquestionable authority and the ferocity and violence that often mark his conduct. He is known to be Belgian by birth, to have had a privileged upbringing, to have made a perilous escape from World War II-torn Europe - his blind eye and dead leg are indelible reminders of that time. But Vander is also a master liar ("I lied to lie"), his true identity shrouded under countless layers of intricately connected falsehoods. Now a young woman he doesn't know, and whom he has dubbed "Miss Nemesis," has threatened to expose the most fundamental and damaging of these lies. Vander has agreed to travel from California to meet her in Italy - in Turin, city of the most mysterious shroud - believing he will have no difficulty in rendering her harmless.
But he is wrong. This woman - at once mad and brilliant, generous and demanding - will be the catalyst for Vander's reluctant journey through his past toward the truths he has hidden, and toward others even he will be shocked to discover.

Baker
& Taylor

When a young woman threatens to expose a damaging secret from his former life, Axel Vander, an elderly scholar and master liar, is forced to examine his past to uncover the truths that he has so carefully hidden.

Publisher: New York : Knopf ; Distributed by Random House, 2003, c2002.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780375411304
0375411305
Characteristics: 257 p. ; 24 cm.

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