Originally published in THRILLER (2006),edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author James Patterson.
In this historical Thriller Short, New York Times bestselling writer Katherine Neville deals with a little known fact about Benjamin Franklin. Franklin had an obsessive penchant for creating and joining private clubs, none of which was more enigmatic than the Lodge of the Nine Sisters and its founder, Mme Helvetius, one of the wealthiest and most beautiful women in France. When an encoded message from Scotland arrives at her home, Helvetius sets out in disguise to deliver it to Benjamin Franklin, who she knows will be able to decipher its hidden meaning. As luck would have it, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are in France at the time. What transpires is a lesson in the cryptography of the time and a warning of an impending chaos that may threaten the fledgling United States of America.
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About the Author
Katherine Neville (b. 1945) is an American author of the popular adventure novels The Eight, A Calculated Risk, The Magic Circle, and The Fire, which is a sequel to The Eight. In addition to her career in books, Neville has been a bank executive, a consultant, a professional photographer, model, and portrait painter. She lives in Virginia and Washington, D.C.