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"The Book of Q and The Overseer by New York novelist Jonathan Rabb easily out-manoeuvre Brown in grand and dark ecclesiastical designs."
Boyd Tonkin, The Independent
A hard-edged thriller about a secret sect planning to destroy the Catholic Church – by the author of The Overseer
After the mysterious death of one Vatican priest and the disappearance of another, Father Ian Pearse, an American working on ancient Christian texts in the Vatican, comes into possession of a mysterious scroll. He discovers ingeniously coded letters and the text of an ancient Manichean prayer that has never before been found in written form.
These reveal a Manichean conspiracy – a sect long-thought dead – reaching deep into the present Vatican hierarchy. Racing from the Vatican via an ancient Greek monastery to war-torn Bosnia, Father Pearse has to decipher the cryptograms and codes before the closely guarded heresy is unleashed on the world.
Jonathan Rabb is a political theorist and lives in New York City.
'a hard-edged tale set in a climate of Catholic intrigue and social controversy....'
'Mysticism, fundamentalism, ruthless ambition, and the search for truth, whatever the cost, are the pieces of this exciting puzzle, and they all fit together in a dramatic conclusion.'
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