Revised Edition. German born Marchel Cavendish works for an arcane and influential organisation that shadows the orthodox world. He is employed as a detective by this nebulous organisation. When an auction in England is compromised, he is sent to discover the source of the leak. The story explores friendship, love, redemption and ambition, blurring the boundaries between victim and perpetrator More
Marchel Cavendish is 31 year olds. Born and raised in Germany, he is quintessentially German to everyone except the Germans. His home life in Oberammergau, Bavaria, is a fiasco. His authoritarian French mother and his sham engagement to the daughter of a Bavarian aristocrat dominate his life. His family knows nothing about his true profession. Cavendish works for an arcane, discrete yet influential organisation that shadows the orthodox world. He is employed as an Untersucher, a colloquialism for an investigator, by this nebulous organisation, commonly referred to as the firm. Effectively a private members club, its devotees comprise of wealthy and prominent members of industry and government. One of its core activities is the procurement, sale and flaunting of esoteric, priceless, and obscure objet d'art. Cavendish’s role is to safeguard the firm from transgression and is entirely suited to his role by being amoral, circumspect, ambitious and friendless. After being found guilty of misconduct after an assignment in Prague, Cavendish is sent to do penance in England, a cultural backwater as far he and his employers are concerned. With the aid of the handsome yet feckless Thomas Beckett, Cavendish is given a low-key assignment. A private auction to be held by the firm has been compromised. Ambitious Oxford academic, Dr Emily Spelman, demands that the sword of the last anglo-saxon king of England is not to be auctioned but made available for her inspection. She is unaware of the fact that the sword does not actually exist. The duplicitous Cavendish employs a complex ruse to ensnare Dr Spelman so as to reveal who is behind the disclosure. What evolves is a tale that explores the notions of friendship, love, redemption and ambition, whilst blurring the boundaries between victim and perpetrator.