Okay, everybody says I don’t have a plot - and that may be that I just have not presented it properly.
The main characters receive information from a mysterious source that is highly sensitive and uncannily accurate. They never discover the source although there are tiny hints.I want to reveal that source to my readers without telling the characters!
I have seen this literary device used in some of the thousands of novels I’ve read BUT DON’T REMEMBER HOW IT WAS DONE!
In my research for this novel, I came across an arcane reference to a secret group called The Society of Seven Angels. Nobody knows when it started, only that it is highly secretive and dates back to antiquity. It is based upon a prophecy that seven angels will come to announce the sovereignty of a people scattered and dispersed throughout the Middle East.
Here is an example of my intent.
Bill leaves the embassy to take a sack lunch to a nearby park to enjoy sunshine and the smell of flowers.** Lema watched as the American left the embassy at his usual time for lunch in the park. “He is becoming quite routine at this,” she thought. (I would normally put this in italics) “I must warn him not to be so regular.” She waited until he was comfortably seated and the Russian had settled into his watching position before entering the park to sit on the same bench with the Yank.**
I want this to be in the body of the story but clearly separated to let the reader know s/he (the reader) is the only one privy to it. Bill will receive a packet of information from her and take it back to his office to read, discuss with his boss and send on to the appropriate people.
By the way, this is the woman whose body is found brutally tortured and repeatedly raped who has the small tattoo in her arm pit of an angel with a halo of seven stars. Bill will later learn that she was the sister of the man who takes over the task of passing the information.
I have done away with the Prologue and wonder if there is an acceptable manner of presenting this secret source -- either before the story starts or at an appropriate time within; such as when Bill is selected and vetted by Ursula for the job. I plan to show the society’s head in a secret location like a spider in a web that reaches out throughout the world. Each touch brings information he will use to help fulfill the prophecy.