The Secret: A Treasure Hunt | A Byron Preiss' Book Of Untraced Hidden Treasures

In 1982, a mystery book called "The Secret: A Treasure Hunt!", created by Byron Preiss, was published in the United StatesPreiss was inspired by the book, Masquerade which was published in England in the year of 1979.

The Book of Masquerade was written and illustrated by Kit Williams, containing fifteen paintings that beckoned to the location of a hidden treasure made of an 18-carat gold, jewel-encrusted hare buried somewhere in England. That book sold millions of copies around the globe.

Preiss assigned a young artist named John Jude Palencar to create the twelve paintings for his book, of which each painting was combined with a cryptic poem. They together pointed an armchair sleuth to a specific location where there a buried casque could be found in three feet underground, and inside of that casque, a ceramic key will be hidden. Each key could be turned into the publisher, who will hand over a gem worth around $1,000.

Unfortunately, "The Secret: A Treasure Hunt!" was not as popular as Kit's Masquerade. The provided clues were so hard to solve that it nailed every gateway of the cheat, and Preiss, alone, buried all the keys in various locations which he never disclosed to anyone else. Perhaps, Preiss also did not realize its actual difficulties.

Two years later of the intriguing book's publication, in 1984, three kids unfolded the location of a key in Chicago. Then almost two decades were spent but nothing much happened until 2004 when two lawyers found another one in Cleveland.

And since 2005, after Preiss' death in a tragic car accident, the location of the treasure of this book has been remained a secret till to this date. Whereas the gems are said to have also been lost. However, if you are a mystery seeker and are interested in the code decodings, you should give this mystery book a try. You can buy this intriguing book from any online store or offline shop. 
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