By Darren Shan
The second one quantity in a noirish, gritty city myth for adults from the bestselling kid's writer. within the urban, The Cardinal ideas, and Al Jeery is a devoted member of his own shield. but if Al is seconded from his tasks at occasion primary to enquire a homicide, an unforeseen discovery leads him in a brand new path, the place his loyalties and ideology may be seriously established. quickly he's considering a terrifying secret that pulls within the lifeless, the City's Incan forefathers, the enforcing determine of the Cardinal, and the near-mythical murderer, Paucar Wami. Wami is a legislations unto himself, a shadowy, enigmatic determine who can it appears kill a person he chooses with no worry of punishment or retribution. And Al is ready to determine that he has much more in universal with Wami than he might ever have imagined...
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