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The last cato : a novel
Matilde Asensi
Adult Fiction ASENSI

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When the murder of an Ethiopian man covered with enigmatic tattoos roils the upper echelons of the Roman Catholic Church, Sister Ottavia Salina, head of the Restoration and Paleography Laboratory of the Vatican's Classified Archives, is called to interpret the symbolism of his "scarifications." Church officials inform Dr. Salina that the Ethiopian was but one of many who are stealing Ligna Crucis, relics of the original cross upon which Christ was crucified, from church reliquaries around the globe. The church charges her and two men-a captain of the pope's Swiss Guard, Kaspar Glauser-Ro?st, and an Egyptian archeologist, Farag Boswell (whom she later falls for after 39 years of celibacy)-to retrieve the relics. Before you can say Da Vinci Code, the trio plunge into an eddy of intrigue and danger as they encounter a mysterious secret brotherhood and wend their way along a labyrinthine journey of initiation rituals-with clues provided by Dante's Divine Comedy. Asensi's first novel to be translated into English is formulaic, but readers with insatiable appetites for church history, secret societies and weird initiation rituals will find some delights. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

A secret religious brotherhood? Clues buried deep in the Vatican? No, it's not another Da Vinci Code but the first English-language publication from Spanish author Asensi-and an international best seller to boot. This secret brotherhood is keeping mum on the whereabouts of the True Cross. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Head of the Restoration and Paleography Laboratory of the Vatican's Classified Archives.

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Captain of the pope's Swiss Guard.

Farag Boswell

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