The first book in the elements pantheon Labyrinth 1 concerns fate and time, following MI6-analyst Angelica Lux’s experiences in London and Copenhagen. Her mission: Investigate the circumstances uniting the discovery of the remains of a mutilated SS officer from the second world war in a forest bog and the murder of the survivors of the resistance cell called The Nightingales.
Summer 1986: Lethragard, Denmark: Something strange has been going on for a very, very long time…
A body is found in a Danish bog in the grounds of a residence of aristocracy wearing the uniform of the SS, mutilated with the Viking blood-eagle. Soon afterwards, a member of the Danish resistance cell called the Nightingales is murdered by the same method used during wartime liquidation operations. With possible connections with ongoing operations, British MI6 send analyst Angelica Lux to Copenhagen to investigate.
Angelica Lux is a young attractive analyst caught in the male-dominated world of MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service near the end of the cold war. Lying in the residence grounds of a nobleman with intelligence community connections, the discovery has repercussions, repercussions she is aware of when sent to Copenhagen to investigate.
What at first seems like an investigation into a past psychopathic killer, soon becomes a journey into liquidation actions of those who fought on both sides during the second world war. Questioning the true motives of her superiors, Angelica becomes irrevocably involved in a labyrinthine network of past deeds and hidden agendas – where her quest for the hidden truth leads her into dark places and darker deeds.
As her investigation takes her deeper into the past, Angelica begins the task of discovering the truth, meeting survivors of the resistance group and compiling tapes on their past deeds while the last remaining Nightingales are still left around to tell their tale. When the nature of the truth becomes more and more illusive, Angelica is left isolated, struggling to understand the true nature of her involvement, forced to play the game of Mata Hari while overcoming her fears, navigating a delicate balance between morality and reason, pitted unwillingly against a Count with a taste for secrets, fast drugs and faster women.
Suspecting the Lethragard Estate’s past involvement is being covered up, Angelica turns to her only allies – the archaeological staff left to maintain the increasingly empty shell of a bogus excavation. When she realizes the only common denominator is a name, the one name that has not been mentioned in her brief – the Swedish archaeologist Karl Oskar Eklund, murdered four years previously, Angelica begins her journey into the underworld that is the Labyrinth.
Naked Ground is an evocative book, rich in detail, taking the reader into a journey of discovery, with repercussions no one can predict, least for all those caught in the tide of events they have become an inextricable part of.