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The Trait

A Ben Kaye Case



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The Trait by Huston Michaels
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Science and faith collide with deadly results in the strangest case of Detective Ben Kaye's career. An anonymous tip leads to the discovery of four bodies in the glamorous ski town of Aspen, Colorado. When the first responders start to die the Chief of the Aspen PD calls on Harley-riding LAPD detective Ben Kaye, a former colleague, for help. When Kaye arrives in Aspen he's expecting a routine homicide investigation. Instead, he and his APD partner, Detective Beth Skinner, discover a half-century-old cover-up, an unusual house that doesn't officially exist; and could be fortress or prison; and a mysterious church replete with priceless antiquities and cryptic Latin inscriptions. Soon the FBI and the CDC are involved as Kaye and Skinner try to find out what the house really is, what happened there, and who left alive. More importantly, they must track down the mythical item known only as the Serpents of Eve, reputed to grant immortality to those who touch it and are deemed Righteous, that may have drawn the killers to town. There are others in Aspen looking for the Serpents of Eve, too, and they're more than willing to kill to get it. When multiple people identify a person of interest from a 60-year old photograph and claim the subject still looks exactly the same, Kaye begins to question his core beliefs and the FBI's motivations in the case. What he, Skinner, and the doctors eventually uncover has the potential to forever alter human history and dramatically shift the political and religious power structure of the entire world. The closer Kaye gets to solving the case, the stranger and more complex it gets, and the more urgent that solution becomes. Because what killed the first responders is now being called the End of Days Plague, it's spreading rapidly, and whispers of a biblical reckoning are growing louder.
Release date NZ
May 25th, 2018
Illustrations, black and white
Michael Barnett
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