"a brilliant debut"
A book written in Spanish, translated to English about the
Vatican (Italian and Latin). This was the concept that lead
me to read this book. What a good idea I had!
The book, a mystery inside a mystery, takes place at the
death of John Paul II. Someone is killing cardinals. The
prime suspect is an escaped killer - a priest sentenced to
therapy within the walls of the Saint Matthew Institute; a
home for priests who have abused children in their flock.
Detective Dr. Paolo Dicanti, trained at Langley by the FBI
as a profiler, is assigned to the case. She is single,
lives with her mother and is the ex-lover of the chief of
her bureau. She is assisted by another priest, Father
Anthony Fowler; not the Vatican's favorite it seems, but
well trained for the job in many ways. His background will
be what assists Paolo the most in the days to follow. The
conclave is but hours away and the murderer is still on the
There are plots galore in this novel - priest against
priest, secret agency against operatives, and Paola in the
middle striving for the high ground. The ending surprised
everyone (me included!) and was done perfectly.
This novel was the first for Mr. Gomez-Jurardo. I
sincerely hope the others are translated because this is a
brilliant beginning for the writer. If you enjoyed
DaVinci Code or Angels and Demons you will
welcome this new author into the fold.
Reviewed by Nancy Eriksen
Posted December 29, 2008