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Espia De Dios / God's Spy [Hardcover]

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Days following the death of Pope John Paul II, a serial killer is on the loose, and Paola Dicanti, a profiler working with the Italian police, has been put in charge of profiling serial killers.

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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 30, 2005
Publisher   Roca Editorial
ISBN  849654415X  
ISBN13  9788496544154  

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More About Juan Gomez-Jurado

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Juan Gomez-Jurado is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author. "The Moses Expedition "and his prize-winning first novel, "God's Spy", have been published in more than forty countries and have become international bestsellers. In 2010, Juan celebrated reaching 3 million readers worldwide. He is a recipient of the prestigious Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja. Gomez-Jurado lives with his family in Madrid, Spain.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Spanish
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5Books > Subjects > Mystery & Thrillers > Thrillers > General
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A Pageturner in the Silence Genre with Opus Dei Grace Notes  Jun 3, 2007
What happens if one takes the DaVinci Code, plus Red Dragon, plus Ted Bundy, plus Ed Gein [and his able successors of Tony Perkins/Psycho and Tony Hopkins/Silence plus Jodie Foster, and put them into a Ham¬ilton Beach to see the tasty pudding which arrives? An¬swer: A rewarding tale of pederasty, incest, tor¬ture/mutilation, of which Mel Gibson would be proud, complete with a classic O. Henry ending.
The plot gallops along with the insanity of the Four Horsemen, with a Jody Foster Italian serial killer profiler front and center. JPII has died and a Silas from Silence is moving rapidly to assassinate liberal Cardinals before the resulting Conclave. Much of the action is described at a Dignity/St Matthew]/St. Luke's Institute for wayward priests, where a CIA/priest is on staff following his duties in Nicaragua as chaplain to the Contras under Am¬bassador Negoprante.
It answers the question as to whatever happened to Cardinal Law when he was sent to the Vatican for prayer and penance following the unmasking of his geographic escapes for pedophilic pastors: they were sent to St. Luke's, and rewarded with "get Out of Jail Free" cards.
The only thing missing is Jesus command to His Church: "Thou art Peter, and upon this "Blockhead" {"Rocky"} I will build My Church."
[Disclaimer: A month ago, my own Pastor was removed for sexual abuse of seminarians in the early 1980's. He was a good man in the 2000's. The Superiors who took him into a pastorate in his '60s also cast him to the wolves when his quarter-century old transgres¬sions threatened "Scandal".]
Santa Alianza + Paulj-c = "Vexilla regis prodeunt inferni"
A Brilliantly Written Novel That Sets a New Gold Standard for Thrillers  Mar 17, 2007
Juan Gómez-Jurado is a young writer form Spain who jumps into the circle of fine international novelists with this his first book, GOD'S SPY. Previously published in Spanish as ESPIA DE DIOS in 2005 and a best seller in thirty five countries, it now is introduced to the American audiences in a translation by James Graham. GOD'S SPY is a fascinating, intellectually challenging, informative dark gothic work about the inner workings of the Vatican: it also is one of the finest suspense mystery thrillers to be published in the last decade.

Setting the story in Rome in April of 2005 at the time of the death of Pope John Paul II, a time when the entire world focused on the mourning of a the passing of the enormously popular Polish pope, Gómez-Jurado sets the stage for the gathering of the 115 cardinals from around the globe on whose shoulders rests the selection of the next pope in an insidiously terrifying manner: there seems to be a brutally necrophiliac serial killer at large whose apparent role is to kill the candidates for the papacy. Assigned to investigate the initial brutal torture and loathsome dismemberment of the first cardinal is a cadre of investigators: Paola Dicanti is an inspector and psychiatrist with Italian police accompanied by detectives Troi and Pontiero and a forensic sculptor Biffi; the Vatican police force `Corpo Vigilanza' represented by Cirin and Dante; and Anthony Fowler, a priest with a background as a former officer in the US Air Force Intelligence who has a mysterious past.

Gómez-Jurado wisely allows the reader to know the identity of the serial killer practically from the first page and it is this technique that serves to make the interplay of the cardinals, priests, Vatican forces, police and journalists more engrossing. The manner in which the characters - with heavy emphasis on Fowler and Dicanti - unravel the clues found at the site of each gruesome murder, each incident unveiling personal backgrounds and demons of each of the people involved, makes for suspenseful reading of the highest order. In the short span between the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI we are taken on a series of events from April 2 - 20, 2005 that make for intoxicating reading!

Though many will draw the inevitable comparison with `The Da Vinci Code' there is far more information contained in this novel, far superior writing, and the secret workings of the Vatican are both illuminating and fascinating to read. Gómez-Jurado is a powerful writer not only in developing an irresistibly engrossing storyline, but also in creating a large cast of characters each of whom is carefully constructed so that we can see and feel them: the proof of the pudding lies in the fact that there are no extraneous characters created - each person we meet is integral to the story.

This is a novel that is satisfying on every level and one that pleads to be transformed into cinematic form. With GOD'S SPY Juan Gómez-Jurado leaps onto the stage as a fully develop and very gifted writer. He is an artist to watch. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, March 07
A dark, twisty, gnarled, compelling thriller set in Ratzinger's Conclave  Feb 2, 2007
An intriguing premise: a serial killer stalking the cardinals poised to vote on Pope John Paul II's successor.

This book became an instant bestseller in Spain, Germany, Holland, Norway, Mexico and Latin America, selling more than a million copies to date. So, what's behind this astonishing debut?

Young, attractive Paola Dicanti, an inspector in an Italian violent crime unit and an FBI-trained profiler, is summoned to a church in Vatican City where a cardinal's mutilated corpse has been discovered. To her outrage, Dicanti learns that the victim is the second in a series, and that the identity of the killer--a [..] priest with a history of violence, Victor Karosky--is known to a new and mysterious ally, Anthony Fowler, a former priest and American intelligence operative.

The setting is absolutely amazing, but this novel most important value is his terminal velocity. You absolutely need to read it cover to cover. Don't care about being a translation, you'll not notice it, and that's the best thing you can say about a translation! Having read both English and Spanish versions, I must say that Gómez-Jurado's style is very saxy: short paragraphs, a lot of dialogue, very precise and cristal-clear language, so that helps to feel that you are not reading a book, you're on a fast train, destination Thrillingville.
One of the best thriller ever!!  Jul 11, 2006
You get hooked on to the book from the first chapter. The mixture between fiction and reality gives you a clear image of the story and, all the questions that you may encour are revealed with an unexpected and great ending.


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