The Tavernier Stones

The Tavernier Stones

A Novel

Book - 2010
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When the body of seventeenth-century mapmaker Johannes Cellarius floats to the surface of a bog in northern Germany with a 57-carat ruby clutched in his fist, the grisly discovery ignites a deadly twenty-first-century international treasure hunt to unearth the fabled Tavernier stones.  The hoard reputedly contains some of the world's most notorious missing jewels, including the 280-carat Great Mogul diamond and the 242-carat Great Table diamond.

Scrupulously honest Amish-born cartographer John Graf teams up with outlaw prospector and gemologist David Freeman in a ferocious race to find the treasure and break a secret code that will unravel the centuries-old Tavernier stones mystery. But other fortune hunters, opportunists and criminals alike, are in hot pursuit of the mismatched partners--and they'll stop at nothing to possess the legendary jewels.

"Relentlessly fascinating, Stephen Parrish's Tavernier Stones is reminiscent of Dan Brown's Lost Symbol . . . It's one hell of a good time."--Mark Terry, author of The Fallen



Publisher: Woodbury, MN : Midnight Ink, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780738720562
Characteristics: 367 p. : 20 cm.


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SPPL_János Mar 12, 2018

When a bog body found clutching an enormous ruby is identified as a (fictitious) Renaissance cartographer, it sparks a hunt for cryptic clues to a fabulous treasure. German author Parrish successfully conveys the worldwide interest such a discovery would spark while staying focused on a small core of characters. One feels a crypto-thriller should have a bit more globe-trotting, but the book is elevated by its well-drawn cast, including an outcast Amish mapmaker, a jewel thief, and a penurious aristocrat shrewdly keeping up appearances.


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