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In this original eBook novella by the New York Times bestselling author of The King’s Deception, globetrotting intelligence agent Cotton Malone is lured into dangerous intrigue surrounding the world’s most famous royals—and uncovers a murderous conspiracy of terrorists and traitors, all born from an ancient tale of Saxon history.
“In Malone, [Steve] Berry has created a classic, complex hero.”—USA Today
In England to participate in the trial of suspected international terrorists, Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is mysteriously summoned to an audience with the Queen of England. A cryptic call has warned of looming danger to the ailing queen’s son and grandson—the next two heirs in line for the throne. And when the source of that ominous information, a notorious tabloid publisher, dies mysteriously, the royal family has reason to fear a genuine conspiracy. But they also suspect that the enemy lies within—and no one at Buckingham Palace, or even the nation’s own Secret Intelligence Service, can be trusted. Now it’s up to Malone to discover the truth. Matching wits with a power-mad politician and a vicious royal blue blood, he must race against time through the streets of London to the forbidden reaches of Iceland, all to stop a monstrous plot to seize the monarchy—one that stretches back to the time of Arthur.
Praise for Steve Berry and his Cotton Malone series
“Malone, a hero with a personal stake in the proceedings, is a welcome respite from the cold, calculating superspies who litter the genre.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Steve Berry gets better and better with each new book.”—The Huffington Post
“Savvy readers . . . cannot go wrong with Cotton Malone.”—Library Journal
“Berry raises this genre’s stakes.”—The New York Times
“I love this guy.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

Mysteries & Thrillers
April 29
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Mystery Story reader ,

Book Review

This was Quite an interesting mystery story connected to both King Arthur and England.

Loya1949/1970 ,


I always enjoy the Cotton Malone books. Plenty of mystery and questions without getting bogged down.

Stoph241 ,

Not my favorite

I am a huge fan of Steve Berry and the character Cotton Malone. But for some reason I just could not buy the alternate royal family. While I can believe a fictional US President, for some reason I just can't buy a fictional Queen of England. Elizabeth II is just so ingrained in my mind that I couldn't really lose myself in the story. The Arthur plot didn't really seem to have a point. I will eagerly await more from Cotton Malone....Kings Deception was amazing...but this just didn't do much for me.

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