Italian detective Aurelio Zen is summoned by the Vatican to investigate the suicide of Prince Ludovico Ruspanti, who leaps to his death in St. Peter's basilica, and discovers a secret political organization called the Cabal. Reprint.
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In Cabal, master crime writer Michael Dibdin plunges us into a murky world of church spies, secret societies, cover-ups, and mistaken identities.
An apparent suicide in the Vatican may in fact have been a muder conducted by a centuries-old cabal within The Knights of Columbus. A discovery among the medieval manuscripts of the Vatican Library leads to a second death, Zen travels to Milan, where he faces a final, dramatic showdown. Meanwhile, Zen's lover, the tantalizing Tania, is conducting her own covert operations--which could well jeopardize everything Zen has worked for. Richly textured, wickedly entertaining, Cabal taps the mysterious beauty of Italy in a thriller that challenges our beliefs about love, allegiance, history, and power--and the lengths to which we will go to protect them against the truth.
"Beautifully written. . . . An excellent thriller." --The Wall Street Journal
"Dibdin has a gift for shocking the unshockable reader." --Ruth Rendell
"The kind of wry, sly morality tale only a writer at the top of his game could bring off successfully." --The Philadelphia Inquirer
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