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Random House of Canada
The bestselling author of An Officer and a Spy turns to today's Vatican in a ripped-from-the-headlines novel, and gives us his most ambitious, page-turning thriller yet.
The pope is dead. Cardinal Lomeli, dean of the College of Cardinals, presides over the election for the next pope and, in the process, uncovers evidence of corruption among the sequestered cardinals. He must act discreetly to ensure that the eventual pope is spiritually worthy of the post.
Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they are not immune to the human temptations of power and glory. And they are not above the tribalism and factionalism that consumes humanity. When all is said and done, one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on Earth.