An antique, encrypted painting just may hold the key to overthrow Portugal's despotic King Manuel II. Unless the pro-monarchist society - the Order of the Burning Cross - can assassinate an aspiring young painter, the daughter of an imprisoned Portuguese writer. Now she must flee her fledgling artistic and social life with the help of Armand, a dashing French rebel. Together they fight to bring the secret painting to the resistance fighters... to save her country and her life.
In Avery Hays' novel, The Sixth, you'll find yourself transported back to Paris of 1910 with its horse-drawn carriages, gaslit streets and fascinating historical figures—all vividly brought to life in this masterful blend of history, action and romance.
The young and willful painter Florbella Sarmentos runs in the same wild, Left Bank circles as Diego Rivera, Amedeo Modigliani, and Marc Chagall. But when she falls under the political shadow of her father—a Portuguese writer imprisoned for criticizing the corrupt monarchy—Florbela finds herself a target for assassination.
"An adventure involving political assassination, revolution and a disturbing painting that bears a secret code. Hays’ ambitious effort offers a vibrant portrait of the Paris art scene of the early 20th century [and] captures the heady bohemian glamour of Florbela’s world."—Kirkus Reviews
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The Sixth is distributed by Ingram.
Trade Paperback 978-0985418236
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2013 Bronze Medal - Suspense/Thriller Category
Independent Publisher Awards Winner
"[A] stunning debut"—Publisher's Weekly starred review
A ten year old secret, a devastating new weapon on the loose, an impending disaster, and beautiful young cryptographer Dee Lockwood is flying headlong into the eye of the storm.
Adele M.D. Hays and Trey Gerald at the IPPY Awards. Providence, New York.