Deep in the heart of London, the Monsalvat Bank is small, secretive and fabulously wealthy. When Ellie Stanton, an impoverished graduate student, is unexpectedly invited to join the firm, the privileged world they offer looks too good to turn down.
But the bank is more than it seems. Soon Ellie realises that her life belongs to her employers - and they're watching her every move. For buried in their medieval vaults lies a closely-guarded treasure of immeasurable power - one inextricably bound up with Ellie's own history.
Now Ellie is in a race against time, hunted by the bank and pursued by her past. Her only hope of escape is to unearth the secret hidden in the vault. But getting in is only the beginning...
Fans of Harper's First Crusade trilogy (The Mosaic of Shadows, etc.) will find the subtlety and creativity of those books missing from this Da Vinci Code wannabe, which also borrows heavily from Grisham's The Firm. When Ellie Stanton, a British medieval history grad student, shows up for a job interview with Vivian Blanchard, the director of London's Monsalvat Bank, Blanchard offers her a lucrative position on the spot, despite her lack of any relevant background. The salary, living quarters, and fringe benefits are too good to refuse. Of course, it's soon apparent that the bank is up to something sinister. Warned that the sixth floor is off-limits, Stanton discovers that the building stops at the fifth floor. Meanwhile, a Luxembourg bank examiner encounters dirty dealings at a Monsalvat branch. The author's efforts to transform a meek academic into an action figure are less than convincing.
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The Lazarus Vault
A gripping and deeply satisfying read. The modern, page-turning thriller (featuring a captivating heroine) is beautifully interwoven with the most romantic medieval story of all: the search for the Grail. Harper has a really fresh and intriguing take on what I thought was a familiar tale...