Mystery William Montalbano Basilica

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Vatican City, the dawn of a new century: a lone priest trudges up the winding stairs to the top of St. Peter's Basilica, only to be helped to a sudden and permanent route down. With this death, an ever-more complex chain of events is set in motion in a new kind of thriller: a story of Vatican politics and obsessional revenge, of violence both spiritual and physical, of two men shaped and scarred by a common stormy past. One is the new Pope, nicknamed Tredi, the first from Latin America, a young, audacious risk-taker ready to shake up the old guard, even if it means making dangerous enemies. The other is Brother Paul, a former Miami homicide cop, still recovering from the horrific deaths of his family and brought to Rome as an informal investigator for the Pope, a Vatican Mr. Fixit drifting unsteadily in the shadows of the giant church. When the priest dies in the Basilica, it is Paul who is asked to find out what it means, and soon his days are torn between new alliances and old enmities, as the threats multiply, the ghosts of the past stalking the ancient streets of Rome, circling in upon both Paul and Tredi. In a multilayered surprising thriller, filled with mystery both religious and corporeal, they find that it is not so easy to change an institution, just as it is not so easy to change a life. Though a life is easy to lose...

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One of America's most distinguished foreign correspondents, William D. Montalbano was Rome bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times for eight years, and its London bureau chief for three, before his untimely death in March 1998. Before that, among other beats, he covered Latin America and then China (as the founding bureau chief) for the Miami Herald/Knight Ridder newspapers. The winner of a dozen national reporting awards, he was also the author or coauthor of four previous novels, including three with Carl Hiaasen.

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The latest of the post-Woltyla Vatican thrillers to come on the market, this one by the late newspaperman and novelist (A Death in China, 1984, etc.). The priest with a shady past is almost as ubiquitous in certain types of thrillers as the prosti tute with a heart of gold was in Westerns of a particular vintage, but in Montalbanos story Paul Lorenzo never actually made it to ordination: Once I was an on- the-edge cop, but now Im a Roman Catholic brother, a kind of not- quite priest kicking around in the back alleys of the worlds largest church. Paul heads the Vatican security office, a long way from the Miami homicide beat he used to walk. In Miami, he first met Pope Pius XIII, his current boss, back when His Holiness was still a Latin American bi shop known as the Cocaine Cardinal for his fearless denunciations of the Caballero drug cartel. Paul foiled an assassination plot and saved the future pontiffs life, only to have his wife and children killed by the Caballeros in retaliation. Now the Pope needs Paul on the job again. A priest has fallen to his death from the dome of St. Peters, and all the evidence points to murder. The victim, Monsignor Caruso, was seen as a leader of the new wave of liberal thinkers welcomed by the Pope into the Vatican, and Pauls investigations lead him to the threshold of the Keys, an outfit bitterly opposed to all modernizing trends and secretly linked to the Caballeros. Is this Pauls last chance for revenge? Thats not supposed to be on his mind, but sometimes a mans got to do what hes got to doeven if he wears a cassock. Formulaic and hackneyed, but written with plenty of action and a good, crisp pace: the sort of book you dont put down until its finishedand then promptly forget it. (First printing of 75,000; $750,00 0 ad/promo) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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