Another great Mongo book. Though "Beasts of Valhalla" & "The Fear in Yesterday's Rings" are my two favorite Mongo books, this is in the top tier. Mongo's friend Veil gets him & Garth in all sorts of trouble, including having high elements in the government after them.
Mongo doesn't get to display much of his extraordinary physical skills in this one, but he & Garth are pushed to their limits trying to evade killers on all sides while they try to unravel the mystery Veil set out for Mongo. Garth, as is often the case, is not thrilled with Mongo racing out into danger to try & save some friend's bacon. Garth also has an extra problem that becomes clear only at the end of the book; this is nearly the first half of a two-book series. To discover in full what happens to Garth as a result of what happens in this book, you need to read "The Cold Smell of Sacred Stone." But like nearly all the Mongo books, it's a pleasure to do so...I'm even reteaching myself French to read the only Mongo mystery I haven't read dozens of times, one that was only published in French; "Le Seigneur des Glaces et de la Solitude" (The Lord of Ice & Loneliness).
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