Originally scheduled for August 2011, this book has been a long time coming but should be worth it. Retired thief Michael St. Pierre ends up in China with ex--girlfriend KC Ryan, each charged by a U.S. army colonel with stealing a near-mystical artifact that could help solve a 500-year-old puzzle. As they battle Chinese triads and female assassins, they discover that the really important thing to find is an ancient diary with reputedly extraordinary powers.

The next ingenious thriller in the Thieves series after The Thieves of Darkness--reformed thief Michael St. Pierre and his crew must steal two artifacts that once combined, hold the answer to one of history's greatest mysteries.

In a world of dark and light, where East meets West, a horrific act of violence propels former thief Michael St. Pierre into a mystery that began five hundred years ago. . . .

In Richard Doetsch's next unforgettable Thieves thriller, Michael and his ex-girlfriend KC Ryan have been blackmailed by a U.S. Army colonel. They are to travel to opposite ends of China, and each is responsible for stealing a piece of an ancient puzzle: a diary and a compass. With their lives dependent on each other's success, they must face off against the complex underworld of the Chinese triads, a twisted female assassin, and a madman whose only desire is to possess the secrets held within the pages of the diary--knowledge that would give him enormous power and lead to the downfall of nations.

Moving from the glittering casinos of Macau to its dark and dangerous backstreets; from the palace at the heart of China's Forbidden City to the medieval castles of Spain; from the seaside mansions along the Amalfi Coast to an uncharted Pacific island, Michael is in a race against time. He has less than five days to uncover a five-hundred-year-old mystery--and to save KC from certain death.