By Jeffrey Archer
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He fumbled for the light switch, and when the bulb first glowed it made him blink several times. The faded envelope looked sp insignificant - and perhaps it was. The official document was still laid out on the centre of the table alongside the first few lines of his handwritten duplicate. Adam yawned as he began to study the words once more. The document was not as simple to copy out as the letter had been, because this time the hand was spidery and cramped, as if the writer had considered paper an expensive commodity.
Never 'card of 'im, sir," said the porter, almost standing to attention when he recognised the regimental tie. He turned to a book that lay open on the desk. "'E isn't registered," he added, a Woodbine-stained thumb running down the list of names in front of him. " he suggested, gesturing with the thumb to a door on the right. "Thank you," said Adam, not dropping the plummy tones. He walked smartly across the hall and through the swing doors which, judging from the lack of paint on the base, looked as if they had been kicked open more often than they had been pushed.
As the reports of the proceedings of the People's Court showed, another palace servant had been instructed to wrap up the Tsar's icon and pack it with the Grand Duke's belongings. However, no one on the palace staff could properly explain to the court how a few days later the icon reappeared in its rightful place on the wall of the Tsar's private study. Romanov's chief researcher, Professor Oleg Kon-stantinov, having studied the professor's notes and the other researchers' contributions, had underlined his own conclusion in red ink.
A Matter of Honour by Jeffrey Archer