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March 2015 Indie Next List
“One of the great mysteries of the Catholic Church, The Shroud of Turin, has inspired one of the great writers of our time to create this masterful thriller. Two brothers -- Alex, a Greek Catholic priest, and Simon, a Roman Catholic priest -- are drawn into the intrigue surrounding the Shroud and the origins of the Church following the murder of their friend Ugo, an eccentric curator obsessed with the Shroud who was preparing a major exhibit in the Vatican Gallery. Alex and Simon are dedicated brothers and priests, yet as different in temperament and faith as they are similar in conviction and loyalty. Caldwell unveils much about the world behind the Vatican walls, even as the intricate plot builds to a climax. A spectacular achievement!”
— Luisa Smith, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
The #1 Indie Next Pick and instant, long-running New York Times
bestseller from Ian Caldwell, coauthor of the international sensation The Rule of Four The Fifth Gospel
is a masterful intellectual thriller that "will change the way you look at organized religion, humanity, and perhaps yourself" (David Baldacci).
Acclaimed by critics as a "smart, suspenseful thriller" (People
) that "kicks off at ninety miles per hour and doesn't slow down" (Associated Press), Ian Caldwell's The Fifth Gospel
was also a significant commercial success that spent eight weeks on the New York Times
bestseller list in hardcover and was selected as a #1 Indie Next Pick by America's independent booksellers.
In 2004, as Pope John Paul II's reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. The same night, a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator's research partner, Father Alex Andreou. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex undertakes his own investigation. To find the killer he must reconstruct the dead curator's secret: what the four Christian gospels--and a little-known, true-to-life fifth gospel known as the Diatessaron--reveal about the Church's most controversial holy relic. But just as he begins to understand the truth about his friend's death, Father Alex finds himself hunted down by someone with vested stakes in the exhibit--someone he must outwit to survive.
At once a riveting intellectual thriller, a feast of biblical history and scholarship, and a moving family drama, The Fifth Gospel
is "spectacular...deliciously labyrinthine...this superb Rubik's Cube of a novel is the best of its kind" (The Providence Journal