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Relics of the Covenant--Synopsis
By J.S. Bradford
Last edited: Thursday, December 30, 2010
Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2010



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Relics of the Covenant--Synopsis of the novel by J.S. Bradford

 

The bones of Chief Crazy Horse are discovered by a grave robber named Augustus “Woody” Chynoweth who intends to sell the bones to the highest bidder. Xavier DuBois, veteran Homeland Security investigator, collects the evidence to prosecute Woody for multiple violations including Grave Tampering and Extortion. Xavier’s investigation, however, is thwarted when he learns that there are those at the highest levels of the Department who, for political reasons, favor a more progressive approach to resolving the alleged crime. 

Xavier dutifully meets with Woody Chynoweth and brokers a proposal in which Woody will be named as the Director of a Non-Profit Foundation, generously funded by the government, in exchange for Woody’s donation of the relics to the Crazy Horse Monument. Woody immediately grasps that Xavier’s proposal is a win-win. The Monument will receive the relics; and Woody will receive a huge financial stimulus.
When it comes time to deliver, Woody confesses that he doesn’t actually have the bones in his possession—but he knows where they can be found—deep within the archives of the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library. Assisted by Evelyn Schwinn, a female associate, Xavier follows up on this lead and discovers that the Library may indeed possess the bones of Crazy Horse but, citing Executive Privilege, they refuse further disclosure.   
 
Less than satisfied with Woody’s lack of candor, Xavier spitefully holds back the good faith down payment which he covertly diverts to his own slush fund.  In the climax of the story, Swoops like Hawk, who is an informant acting under the direction of Xavier, scalps Woody in an act of symbolic retaliation, then skips for Mexico.
 
Felony warrants are issued and, ironically, Xavier is assigned the task of hunting down and extraditing Swoops, but as long as Swoops remains a fugitive, Xavier is off the hook for his own embezzlement. It looks like Xavier may have committed the perfect crime but as he settles back into his familiar routine, he is unaware that Evelyn Schwinn suspects that there is a parasitic mole burrowing deeper and deeper within the organs of Homeland Security. Will the mole be exposed? Or will the mole continue to burrow even deeper, undetected and undeterred, searching for morsels of vital intelligence to satisfy the insatiable cravings of his sponsors?

 

 

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