Cardinal G. Foscolo misplaces the Apocryphal Judas Parchments but informs the Pope they have been stolen and a ransom is demanded. The Catholic Church seeks the help of the New York mafia and the big bosses front the money. A murderous trail follows as a meeting is arranged to retrieve the invaluable parchments. The next day everything falls apart as two men of the Cardinal’s close circle are arrested. Then, a gruesome murder is discovered and all believe it’s Cardinal Foscolo—contained with the body are the Cardinal’s cardinaux d'ecarlate vestments and his signet ring.
Michael Lucas is the detective hired by the Patriarch to solve the Cardinal’s murder and return the parchments to the Catholic Church. Can Lucas solve the case? Where is the Cardinal—alive or dead at the hands of the Mafia?
Who is telling the truth and who are the people involved in this treacherous web of deception?
Duke’s Gordian-knot like plot is filled with twists, turns and surprises. This fast-moving page turner will have you up to the wee hours of the night reading until its dramatic conclusion.
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About the Author:
Demetrius Duke was born in Cyprus and educated and raised in Cyprus. Mr. Duke presently lives in the Mediterranean. He is a political analyst, master printer and an editor of a weekly political newspaper. He has written several papers and books. The Fall of Cardinal Giovanni Foscolo is his first novel published in the USA.
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