By Dolores Gordon-Smith
100000 dragons lie, beneath an Arabian sky. How do a number of strains of poetry, an opportunity come across in a London lodge, and a dying in Sussex result in a misplaced urban of Arabia, and to the tombs of the Whispering useless? Jack Haldean has avoided the reality for years, yet now, enmeshed within the net of homicide, robbery and deception, he needs to uncover the answer and withstand the truth—a fact as lethal as any dragon...
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A Hundred Thousand Dragons (Jack Haldean Mystery, Book 4) by Dolores Gordon-Smith