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Equinox / Michael White.

By: White, Michael, 1959-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Carlton North, Vic. : Scribe Publications, 2006Description: 310 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1921215011 :; 9781921215018.Subject(s): University of Oxford -- Fiction | Royal Society (Great Britain) -- History -- 17th century | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Murder -- Fiction | Serial murder -- Fiction | Crime thriller -- Fiction | Journalists -- United States -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- United States -- Fiction | Oxford (England) -- FictionGenre/Form: Thrillers (Fiction) | Paranormal fiction. | Detective and mystery fiction. | Thriller -- Fiction.DDC classification: A823.4 Summary: Laura Niven, a former New York journalist turned thriller-writer, returns to Oxford University (where she studied twenty years earlier) to help her daughter, Joanna, settle in to life as a first-year student. Laura stays with her former lover and Joanna's father, Philip Bainbridge, who is now a police-scene photographer. But the night before Laura is due to return to New York, Philip is called to a murder scene just outside Oxford. The victim is a young woman. Her throat has been slashed, her heart has been cut out, and in her chest cavity the police find an ancient-looking gold coin. The next day another murder is discovered with an almost identical MO this time, a silver coin has been left in the bowl of the murdered girl's skull. As Laura follows slender leads despite scepticism and resistance from the police, she soon discovers that these horrific murders are not just confined to the here and now. A story gradually emerges that connects the members of the Royal Society in the 1600s, including Isaac Newton, Edmund Halley, and Christopher Wren, with alchemy and a modern-day search for the Philosopher's Stone. With this knowledge, Laura becomes the one person who, in a desperate race against time, has any chance of stopping.
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Laura Niven, a former New York journalist turned thriller-writer, returns to Oxford University, where she studied twenty years earlier, to help her daughter, Joanna, settle in to life as a first-year student.

Visiting Oxford also prompts her to journey into her own personal history, and Laura stays with her former lover, Philip Bainbridge, who is now a police-scene photographer. The night before she is due to return to New York, Philip is called to a murder scene just outside of Oxford. The victim is a young woman. Her throat has been slashed and her heart has been cut out of her body. In her chest cavity, the police find an ancient-looking gold coin. The next day another murder is discovered, and the MO is the same except that the girl's brain has been removed and a silver coin has been left in the bowl of her skull.

Compelled to investigate these horrific murders, Laura soon discovers that they are not just confined to the here and now. As she follows slender leads a story gradually emerges that connects the members of the Royal Society in the 1600s - Isaac Newton, Edmund Halley, Christopher Wren, Robert Hooke - alchemy, and a modern-day search for The Philosopher's Stone. With this knowledge, Laura becomes the one person who, in a desperate race against time, has any chance of stopping the killer from completing a series of ritual murders.

Laura Niven, a former New York journalist turned thriller-writer, returns to Oxford University (where she studied twenty years earlier) to help her daughter, Joanna, settle in to life as a first-year student. Laura stays with her former lover and Joanna's father, Philip Bainbridge, who is now a police-scene photographer. But the night before Laura is due to return to New York, Philip is called to a murder scene just outside Oxford. The victim is a young woman. Her throat has been slashed, her heart has been cut out, and in her chest cavity the police find an ancient-looking gold coin. The next day another murder is discovered with an almost identical MO this time, a silver coin has been left in the bowl of the murdered girl's skull. As Laura follows slender leads despite scepticism and resistance from the police, she soon discovers that these horrific murders are not just confined to the here and now. A story gradually emerges that connects the members of the Royal Society in the 1600s, including Isaac Newton, Edmund Halley, and Christopher Wren, with alchemy and a modern-day search for the Philosopher's Stone. With this knowledge, Laura becomes the one person who, in a desperate race against time, has any chance of stopping.

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