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Name:  Craig Smith  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

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The author's alma mater is Southern Illinois University.

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The Painted Messiah
ISBN: 1905802153

Myrmidon Books. 2009

Kate Kenyon, the wealthy young widow of an English aristocrat, has an addiction to mortal risk. She feeds it by engaging in the armed robbery with her accomplice and lover Ethan Brand. Their latest target is a priceless "Byzantine" icon. So far they have never had to shoot anyone—this time will be different. Retired CIA man Thomas Malloy is

hired by a rich but ailing televangelist to courier his newly acquired painting from a Zurich bank to the local airport. Malloy anticipates trouble, but not the maelstrom of bullets and betrayal that threatens to pull him under. Sir Julian Corbeau is an international criminal holed up in Switzerland to avoid U.S. extradition. He is also the sadistic head of the modern Knights Templar. He had the painting and now

seeks a bloody revenge on those who stole it. The secrets of the painting gradually unfold to reveal how the only true image of Christ could exert so malignant an influence on all those who possess it.

The Blood Lance
ISBN: 1905802293

Myrmidon Books. 2010

Kufstein, Austria, 1939—At 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 1997—Lord 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 2008—When 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 before—and exact her vengeance.

Cold Rain
ISBN: 190580234X

Myrmidon Books. 2010

The author of The Blood Lance and The Painted Messiah demonstrates his versatility with this dark,

stylish noir thriller set on and around a Midwestern university campus

I turned thirty-seven that summer, older than Dante when he toured Hell, but only by a couple of years.

Life couldn't be better for David Albo, an associate professor of English at a small midwestern university. He lives in an idyllic, out-of-town, plantation-style mansion with a beautiful and intelligent wife and an adoring teenage stepdaughter. As he returns to the university after a long and relaxing sabbatical, there is a full professorship in the offing—and, what's more, he has managed to stay off the booze for two whole years. But, once term begins, things deteriorate rapidly. The damning evidence that he has sexually harassed his students is just the beginning as Dave finds himself sucked into a vortex of conspiracy, betrayal, jealousy, and murder. Unless he can discover quickly who is out to destroy him, all that he is and loves is about to be stripped away.


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