Archive for November, 2012

Chapter 16

21Nov12

[New readers: to start at chapter 1, click Archives / November 2012 on right hand side] When Belacar told him that they were going to visit the country’s foremost outdoor equipment manufacturer, Ludovic had not expected to end up in Uxbridge. The company’s advertising was full of mountains, forests and beaches populated with rugged models, […]


Chapter 15

20Nov12

[New readers: to start at chapter 1 click Archives / November 2012 on right hand side] Looking at the white oak reception desk, the leather seating and the modern art on the walls, Ludovic reflected that the only thing that a private scientific research facility and the university archaeology faculty had in common was a […]


Chapter 14

19Nov12

[New readers: to start at chapter 1 click Archives / November 2012 on right hand side] The police car was a disappointment. Ludovic had been expecting one of the unmarked BMWs that he sometimes saw roaring through the City with concealed lights flashing in the front grille and a wailing siren. Instead Belacar had to […]


Chapter 13

18Nov12

[New readers: to start at chapter 1 click Archives / November 2012 on right hand side] Ludovic sat at his desk in the Archaeology Department at the University. Like many of the academic departments it had a prestigious central London address, but the interior was old and untidy. The daylight was fading beyond the flaking […]


Chapter 12

16Nov12

[New readers: to start at chapter 1 click Archives / November 2012 on right hand side] The archaeologists and students stood reproachfully together in the church porch in the autumn sunshine. It was now two weeks since they had done any digging. At least three of them had found other jobs and would not be […]


Chapter 11

15Nov12

Wood Street police station was crowded and noisy. Ludovic arrived there exactly 15 minutes late. He hoped that Belacar was too busy to notice. By the time he had spoken to the officer on duty behind the desk, signed his name in a reassuringly low-tech visitor register and been buzzed through the double security doors […]


Chapter 10

14Nov12

The Victoria and Albert Museum was some distance from Ludovic’s flat on the Kingsland Road. He decided to jog. The team had not been allowed back to the dig for nearly a week and he felt that he needed the exercise. It still seemed unusual on a weekday morning to pull on his running shoes […]