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A writer of factual fiction, Daniel Lorti has written several novels: The Avignon Legacy and its sequel Knights of Honor (2018), The Missing Factor and its sequel The Business End, The Mulligan, and a two-man play, An Interview with Bobby Jones, Jr.
Lorti has a B.S.E. (summa cum laude) and an M.S.E from Arizona State University. An aerospace engineer with a military sensors, weapons, and intelligence background, he was formerly Chief Radar Engineer for the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He has lived and conducted business in Europe, the Middle East, and the Asian area. Resident of Newport Beach, California, he is a member of Mystery Writers of America.
The Avignon Legacy
Published by Argus Publishing
Two inventive and audacious men separated by 700 years.
One incomparable treasure, hidden for centuries.
A legendary mystery waiting to be solved.
When Pope Gregory XI abruptly decides to move the Papacy back to Rome in 1377, chaos and rebellion descend upon both Avignon and the Papal States in Italy. The Rome-based Pope’s foes and critics are everywhere and any shipment of the papal treasury from Avignon to the Vatican is at risk. An ingenious location is devised by Sir Jean Termonde, a heroic knight, to secure the treasure from discovery until it can be transferred to Rome.
The papal treasure never arrived at the Vatican, and the legend of the lost gold and jewels has grown over the centuries.
Rare book dealer Jim Pierce’s expertise is in tracking down and retrieving old volumes coveted by well-heeled clients. He has little interest in the French Middle Ages until two armed thugs enter his bookstore demanding an ancient 14th Century volume on the Avignon Papacy that mentions the Church’s treasury. They are killed thanks to Pierce’s precautionary measures. When he receives an offer of $5 million from the legendary billionaire recluse John W. Baxter, to steal a 14th Century volume from the Vatican Secret Archives, his interest is piqued leading him to wonder if Baxter wants the volume or if the contents are related to the treasure. So Pierce sets out to attempt two thefts: the volume from the Vatican, and the treasure from Avignon. That’s when he discovers the French and the British police are on Baxter’s heels who is, in turn, after him.
The Missing Factor (available for acquisition)
Jim Factor is a successful arms dealer living in Southern California with clients and customers in Europe and the Middle East. Contacted by a recent associate, he is told he has been mistakenly marked for death by a Bulgarian arms dealer and manufacturer whom they had both been working with on a multi-million-dollar arms deal.
To protect his wife, Factor becomes untraceable and escapes to San Francisco to start a new life until he can acquire fake passports and lose his life as he knows it… forever.
Unbeknownst to Factor, his wife has hired a private detective and the Russian mafia is going to let the PI lead them directly to him. An easy kill, or so they thought.
A man hunt of unequaled proportions turns into a world-wide quest for freedom and redemption.
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