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Day of Confession

Allan Folsom

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ISBN 10: 0316882569 / ISBN 13: 9780316882569
Published by Little Brown, 1998
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Title: Day of Confession

Publisher: Little Brown

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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In Italy the Cardinal Vicar of Rome is assassinated during a celebration for the Pope's birthday. In Los Angeles Harry Addison, a highly successful entertainment lawyer, finds a desperate message on his telephone answering machine from his long-estranged brother, Daniel, a priest in the Vatican. Hours later a tourist bus on which Father Daniel is travelling explodes on the road to Assisi. Arriving in Italy to claim his brother's body, Harry is abruptly plunged into a Kafka-esque nightmare of deception and terror. Learning that Daniel is the prime suspect in the assassination of the Cardinal Vicar, he soon suspects that his brother may have survived the bus explosion and still be alive, but before he can confirm his suspicions he is himself framed for the murder of an Italian policeman. On the run from the authorities and at the same time desperately searching for Father Daniel, Harry discovers someone else is looking for his brother as well - the infamous international terrorist and maniacal killer, Thomas Kind. Pursued and alone, Harry finds himself at the centre of a monstrous conspiracy spun from the very heart of the Vatican, where men of God are using the devil's hand to establish a new Holy Roman Empire in China for the 21st century.


This massive thriller pits a scheming prince of the Church who believes he was once Alexander the Great against the Addison brothers--Harry, a Hollywood lawyer, and Danny, a Vatican priest. It seems that Danny had the bad luck to hear another cardinal's confession outlining a heinous plot to poison China's water supply in order to win the Vatican bankers a multi-billion-dollar contract to rebuild it--and of course to take advantage of the opportunity to convert a quarter of the world's population and ensure the Church's world domination into the next century. Spanning the globe from Vatican City to Beijing, from Los Angeles to Switzerland, the action never stops. And whenever it seems to falter for more than a paragraph, someone among Folsom's picaresque cast of minor characters (a nun, a dwarf, a CIA station chief, a beautiful television journalist, and an African poet, among others) turns up just in time to give it a nudge. The narrative is not as fluid as it could be, and the plot might have been devised by a conspiracy theorist with a taste for chaos physics, but fans of Folsom's intense novel The Day After Tomorrow won't be disappointed. --Jane Adams

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