Antiquarian book dealer Harry Blake is called upon to translate and provide a valuation for a journal -- which turns out to belong to a sailor on Sir Walter Raleigh's Roanoke expedition. When his client is murdered, the man's daughter (Debbie) retains Harry to continue the translation.Pretty soon, Harry, Debbie and several others involved in the translation project find their lives in danger. Bill Napier's "Splintered Icon" is part historical fiction, part modern-day thriller and part treasure hunt. The story draws the reader in straight from the beginning and doesn't let go until the end. The characters are multi-dimensional and interesting, and the plot is fascinating.Highly recommended.