Delta Connection

Delta Connection

Book - 1996
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Blackwell North Amer
For Paul Cartwright, a young English mining engineer, the quest begins at Constantza, Romania's huge Black Sea port. A routine survey of shipping scrap becomes a fight for survival when he is involved in the killing of a member of the Securitate secret police. He escapes by way of the Danube Delta, in the company of a strange young woman also fleeing for her life.
She describes herself as 'the other one', and the horror of her life is poured out as they lie side-by-side while riding out a night of storm on a floating island of reeds. Gradually emerges a picture of Vikki, her mysterious, crazy, domineering sister by adoption - known as 'the Little Sultana'. Cartwright encountered Vikki first as a little girl dancing alone while a whole restaurant looked on. His own dance-happy feet responded to the beat, and the two of them would meet occasionally over the years, dancing their way into a hidden world that is now to prove most deadly dangerous.
Is she really the daughter of a sultan? Where is the realm she claims for her own? Above all, what is the hidden wealth that has the Russian Mafia joining in the search? Another mystery is Antoine Caminade, a French photographer who dogs Cartwright's footsteps through the Khyber Pass, along the borders of Afghanistan and up into the 'lost' fastnesses of the Pamirs.
The way ahead seems suicidal, but somewhere in these towering mountains must lie the answers.

Publisher: London : Macmillan, 1996
ISBN: 9780333632901
0333632907
Characteristics: 437 p. : maps ; 24 cm

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