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Vatican: A Novel

Martin, Malachi

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ISBN 10: 0060154780 / ISBN 13: 9780060154783
Published by Harper & Row Publishers, U.S.A., 1986
Condition: Fine + Hardcover
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Title: Vatican: A Novel

Publisher: Harper & Row Publishers, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Cloth Hardback

Book Condition:Fine +

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine +

Edition: First Edition

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A young Chicago-born priest is called to serve in Rome and is soon drawn into an international intrique involving bishops, bankers, and the highest levels of the Catholic Church

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The subject of this long and intriguing novel is the Vatican's elaborate bureaucracy, in particular its powerful financial network, headed by a mysterious figure known as the Keeper. Another central character, who gives the story its slant, is American Richard Lansing, who joins the Vatican as a young monsignore in 1945, and becomes the confidant of five successive popes. When he reaches the apex of his career, he staunchly opposes any Church bargain with Mammon. Martin (author of bestsellers The Final Conclave and Hostage to the Devil), was a professor in the Vatican's Pontifical Biblical Institute: he has an insider's knowledge of the intrigues and power plays that go on behind the papacy's smooth facade. His tale encompasses the fall of Mussolini, the penetration of the Vatican by a Soviet mole, the murder of a pope in the Soviet interest (with help from Vatican officials), and other major events real or imagined. Vatican is not unlike a bureaucracy itself: intricate, far from iconoclastic, and impeded in its forward progress by obsessive attention to detail. 60,000 first printing; $75,000 ad/promo; author tour. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternatesFebruary 12
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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