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Salem's Cipher

First in the Salem's Cipher Thrillers

A brilliant code breaker shatters a centuries-old conspiracy and unravels her own family secrets in an addictive and heart-pounding thriller by Edgar Award–nominated author Jess Lourey.

Salem Wiley is a genius cryptanalyst. She’s also a loner who prefers a safe and familiar path. Until her mother disappears in the wake of a brutal murder, leaving behind a cryptic warning of threats to come. Forced out of her safe zone, Salem embarks with her best friend, Bel, on a dangerous quest that reaches back centuries into America’s hidden history.

Drawn into a labyrinth of messages encrypted by Emily Dickinson and hidden in the legendary Beale Cipher, Salem discovers her mother’s double life—and the truth. An ancient and ruthless society is hell-bent on ruling the world, and only a select group of hunted women stands in its way.

Now Salem must follow a cross-country trail of clues in a desperate bid to unravel the conspiracy, which threatens not only the present but the very course of history.

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"The fascinating historical information combined with a story line ripped from the headlines will hook conspiracy theorists and action addicts alike."
―Kirkus Reviews

"This suspenseful tale has something for absolutely everyone to enjoy."
―Suspense Magazine

"Troubled, razor-sharp Salem is truly a heroine to cheer for. I'd follow her anywhere."
Alison Gaylin, USA Today bestselling author