Gospel Truths by J.G. Sandom
Print Length: 434 pages
Publisher: CORNUCOPIA PRESS
Publication Date: November 8, 2013
Sherlock Holmes meets Da Vinci Code
They have been drawn into a plot more insidious than anything they could have imagined—a battle to control one of religion’s greatest secrets.
For English detective Nigel Lyman, it begins with the suspicious suicide of a corrupt Italian banker in London. For French-born Mariane Soury-Fontaine, it starts with the mysterious disappearance of her lover, a construction worker specializing in ancient renovations. For Italian mobster Marco Scarcella, it’s about strengthening his pseudo-Masonic lodge, the P2, used to blackmail and threaten Roman magistrates and politicians. And for American architect/mathematician Joseph Koster (protagonist in the sequel, The God Machine), the search leads through France’s soaring Notre Dame cathedrals in Chartres and Amiens to the baffling labyrinths that Medieval masons once inscribed in their floors.
Booklist called Gospel Truths, “a splendid, tautly woven thriller … (and) an intelligent mystery of tremendous spiritual and literary depth.”
Library Journal said,” By turns contemplative, descriptive, and emotive, this mixture of mystery and intrigue reveals intense preparation and fine writing.”
And Mostly Murder characterized it, “A fascinating mystery … captivating and engrossing.”
[NOTE: The character of the Archbishop is modeled on J.G. Sandom’s actual cousin, Paul Marcinkus, Archbishop, former head of the Vatican Bank (IOR), and once Mayor of the Vatican City.]
These strangers are about to crack a code that dozens have died for, a puzzle whose power reaches back to the birth of the Christian faith, through the echoing halls of the Vatican, and into the dark, corrupt realms of Italian organized crime.
For each of these characters, finding this ancient text is no longer the ultimate challenge. Now, the ultimate challenge is simply staying alive.
Published a decade before Da Vinci Code,
read the theo-thriller that started it all.
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[Possible Cast ideas: Nigel Lyman—Martin Freeman, Hugh Laurie, Kenneth Branagh, Gary Oldman; Joseph Koster—Michael Fassbender, Damian Lewis, Joel Kinnaman, Benedict Cumberbatch.]