Haskell Maloney is a thoroughly enchanting and altogether unexpected heroine who takes us from the fascinating finds of archaeological digs to the menacing riddles of a not-so-distant past in this mesmerizing tale of the past coming back to claim its due.
As a student of Egyptology, Haskell has long delighted in the challenge of deciphering the fragmented remains of an ancient culture, yet when she begins to apply these skills to an ominous family mystery, she just may be tempting the fates too far. Suddenly questions of bloodlines and lineage no longer point Haskell in the direction of far-off lands, but hit much closer to home. If she is finally to ferret out the truth about her own ancestry, she must embark upon what is certain to be the most difficult historical sleuthing of her life -- she must unearth the long-buried mystery surrounding her mother's untimely death.
Posing as a young and overeager student of archaeology, Haskell gains entry into the hallowed and exotic halls of Chicago's Oriental Institute -- where the legend of her mother's promising academic career still lives on. As Haskell diligently sifts through the shadows of her mother's past, a host of gloriously eccentric characters gather round -- these men and women who had once been the center of her mother's life would now unwittingly help piece together the riddle of her death.
This hardcover book club edition is in nice condition with some shelf wear. The dust cover has lots of wear and tear to the edges.