Toward the end of January, Trench had news from one of his London agents: an ancient book believed to refer to Pythagoras was being offered at auction. Trench then decided to send Jule to London to look into the matter.
“I need you to travel to London and take a look at a book that’s up for auction,” he told Jule over the phone. “You’ll be leaving tomorrow evening. I’ve already made plane and hotel reservations for you. Richter will give you an envelope with addresses and other details. Call me as soon as you know something.”
“Sure”—that was all Jule had a chance to say before Trench ended the call with a polite “Have a good trip.”
Two days later, after having examined the book, Jule called Trench, hardly containing ...