Kufstein, Austria, 1939At the foot of a mountain known as The Wilder Kaiser lies the body of Otto Rahn, Himmler's own archaeologist. Rahn's pursuit of the legendary Blood Lance of the Cathars has set in motion a tragic chain of events reaching far beyond the holocaust. Switzerland 1997Lord Robert Kenyon is a wealthy financier and a senior member of humanitarian order The Knights of the Holy Lance. While climbing the Eiger with his new bride, he is attacked and murdered and his wife Kate left for dead. New York City 2008When billionaire Jack Farrell cuts loose after defrauding his own company, ex-CIA agent Thomas Malloy is assigned to track him down. The trail leads to Germany and the Order of the Holy Lance. With his friends, former art thieves Kate and Ethan Brand, Malloy set out to unlock the secrets of the order: Malloy seeks his man while Kate must find the truth about what happened on the slopes of the Eiger 11 years beforeand exact her vengeance.
Craig Smith is a former professor at the University of North Colorado. His first novel The Whisper of Leaves won a bronze medal in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards.