"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 loose.

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


**A PNR Reviewer Recommended Read**

In the days following the Pope’s death, a cardinal is found brutally murdered in a chapel in Rome, his eyes gouged and his hands cut off. Called in for the grisly case, police inspector Paola Dicanti learns that another cardinal was recently found dead; he had also been tortured. Desperate to find the killer before another victim dies, Paola’s investigation is soon joined by Father Anthony Fowler - an American priestand former Army intelligence officer examining sexual abuse in the Church, who knows far more about the killer than Paola could possibly imagine.

As Paola and Father Anthony struggle through a maze of tantalizing clues, they begin to question whether someone in the Vatican is aiding their cause or abetting a murderer. And when evidence leads them to powerful figures within the Church hierarchy, their own pursuit of the truth may make them the next pawns to be sacrificed in a terrifying and deadly game.

A dazzling, impossible-to-put-down thriller, Juan Gomez-Jurado’s God’s Spy marks the arrival of a major new talent to the contemporary suspense fiction scene.

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God's Spy: A Novel
by Juan Gomez-Jurado

February 1, 2008
Available: February 26, 2008
ISBN #0452289122
EAN #9780452289123
368 pages
Paperback (reprint)
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