By Warren Murphy, Molly Cochran
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1984
From long island occasions bestselling authors Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy, Grandmaster is a secret Writers of the US "Edgar" award-winning mystery spanning the globe from Moscow to Washington, Havana to Tibet.
Born hundreds of thousands of miles aside lower than the mystical signal of the gold coiled serpent, Justin Gilead and Alexander Zharkov are destined to struggle each other all through their lives in a quest for final strength. As younger boys, rooks and pawns have been their guns of selection. a long time later, they hire way more harmful technique of destruction.
Justin has develop into a grasp undercover agent; Alexander, the ruthless head of a mystery employer. every one is the possessor of a rare mind and mythical talents. Their paths will pass once again as they struggle jointly opposed to a terrifying evil. yet finally they have to struggle to ruin the opposite.
There can simply be one Grandmaster.
Edgar Award for top Paperback unique (1985)
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