This powerful novel begins in 1938, when a 3-year-old Jewish boy is whisked away to safety from the Nazis by a Catholic woman. She raises the boy as her own, and after the war they move to Italy. His foster mother never tells him the truth about his birth, and when he grows up, he becomes a priest. At the age of 70, this priest is elected Pope John Pietro I and endears himself to the world. When a stranger visits the Vatican and informs the Pope of his Jewish birth – and that his father is still alive – the Pope and his trusted secretary agree to keep the secret until they can determine what to do. But an over-ambitious cardinal suspects something is wrong and will do anything to discredit the Pope in order to succeed him.
Meanwhile, a prominent banker is murdered on a pleasure yacht in Portofino and suspicion implicates Vatican involvement. Why was the murder committed? And will the Pope – and his reputation – survive? The Papal Secret is a killer.
THE PAPAL SECRET (ISBN: 978-1-61897-
About the Author: After serving in the South African Air Force, Stan Miller earned his pilot’s license and worked as an aerial surveyor for 12 years before embarking on a business career. He holds a BA with honours in English and communications from University of South Africa. The author currently lives in Sandton with his wife Cherrie. They travel frequently to see their children and grandchildren in Australia and the U.S. The Papal Secret is his third novel.
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