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The Moche warrior : an archaeological mystery
Hamilton, Lyn.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 1999.
Physical Description:
321 pages ; 22 cm
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X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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From the acclaimed author of The Xibalba Murders comes the hardcover debut of a new archeological mystery which takes the protagonist to the mountains of Peru.

Author Notes

Lyn Hamilton was born on August 6, 1944. She attended the University of Toronto. She worked in communications in both the public and private sectors before publishing her first novel at the age of 50. She was director of the Cultural Programs Branch for the province of Ontario and director of public affairs for the Canadian Opera Company. She taught mystery writing for the School for Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. Her first novel, The Xibalba Murders, was published in 1997. She wrote the Archaeological Mysteries series. The Celtic Riddle became a made-for-TV movie starring Angela Lansbury. She died of cancer on September 10, 2009 at the age of 65.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

With its setting shifting from Toronto to New York to Peru, this engaging story is a passport to adventure for travel buffs. In the hardcover debut of her series starring antiques dealer and amateur sleuth Lara McClintoch, Hamilton presents an addictive tale of stolen artifacts, arson, and murder. The title refers to an ancient Peruvian civilization whose elaborate burial sites yield priceless artifacts used in their rituals. When Lara discovers that a box of seemingly worthless Peruvian reproductions is the real stuff, she goes undercover at a dig site to crack the black-market connection. The richly woven descriptions of Lima make it obvious the author has spent time there, and the intricate details of the dig prove that if she isn't an archaeologist, she at least has devoted much time to researching the field. Although Hamilton is a run-of-the-mill stylist, her fascinating and vividly presented subject matter and her artfully crafted plot make this story a solid addition to most mystery collections. --Jenny McLarin

Library Journal Review

Toronto antiques dealer Lara McClintoch (The Xibalba Murders, Berkley, 1997) latches on to a box lot of Peruvian artifacts at auction purely to spite her ex-husband, also a dealer. The items are labeled as reproductions (albeit exquisite ones), but the interest they subsequently excite deeply disturbs her: during an apparent burglary and arson attempt at her shop, one "reproduction" goes missing and a body is left behind. To uncover the truth, McClintoch follows a paper trail back to Peru, where, through deceit and beguilement, she gets a job on a dig and foils the bad guys. A super story, entrancing prose, and fascinating subject matter make this a surefire winner. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.