In the Name of the Father
Archbishop Paul Marcinkus leaned forward, lowered his voice, and said, "The sacred life of our beloved Pope John Paul is in imminent danger."
Father Werenfried Van Straaten was not at all surprised that the Soviet premier was planning another assassination attempt. "You have advised His Holiness of this?" he asked.
Cardinal Angelo Mennini shrugged. "Of course. But 'Papa' is determined. His comment was that fishermen must sometimes face stormy waters." He turned to Marcinkus. Now, Paul, what is your proposal?"
I propose that a secret papal envoy be sent to the Soviet premier"
They both looked up sharply.
"What would he say to the premier?" Mennini asked. "What would be the message?"
Marcinkus waited a few moments. He looked from one to the other, into their curious eyes... "He would say nothing... He would kill him..."
Set on the cutting edge between documented fact and masterfully crafted fiction, this is A. J. Quinnell's most explosive, chillingly realistic thriller to date. It is a riveting novel of global intrigue that sweeps from the rarefied sanctum sanctorum of the Vatican to the highest echelons of the Kremlin, featuring a top-secret group of Cardinals, exquisitely adept at manipulating sin for the "greater good"; a beautiful, sexually vulnerable nun, willing to do anything for the Pope; and a brilliantly resourceful assassin whose secret past makes him the perfect choice for this nearly impossible job. Moving from the secret corridors of the Vatican through the glamorous capitals of Europe and even behind the Iron Curtain, In the Name of the Father will forever alter your perceptions of the power wielded by the Vatican, the secrets buried in the Kremlin, and the blurred boundaries between ultimate good and unpardonable evil.
Condition: Pre-loved book. Moderate yellowing of pages. Otherwise in good condition.
Year published: 1987
Sub-genre: Thriller, mystery, historical fiction.
Imprint: NAL Books
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