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Day of confession
Allan Folsom
Adult Fiction FOLSOM

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From Publishers' Weekly:

A world-famous assassin, a power-hungry villain, a beleaguered hero, a plot to take over the largest country on earth. Folsom's frantically paced follow-up to his bestselling The Day After Tomorrow throws together all the raw materials of a first-rate thriller and proves that ingredients alone do not a meal make. Four days after Cardinal Rosario Parma is assassinated in Rome, hotshot L.A. entertainment lawyer Harry Addison gets a frantic phone message from his estranged brother, Danny, a Vatican priest. Shortly thereafter, Harry hears that Danny has died in a bus explosion. When he flies to Rome to claim the body, he discovers that Danny is the prime suspect in Parma's murder‘and that he's still alive. The novel then follows two parallel plots. Harry tries to find Danny and clear his name; meanwhile, the sinister Cardinal Umberto Palestrina, who thinks he's the reincarnation of Alexander the Great, plots to make China the site of a new Holy Roman Empire. It's that Alexander the Great touch that pushes an already teetering story line over the edge, where everything is explained by shorthand (the estrangement between the Addison brothers) or circular logic (Palestrina is feared and powerful because he inspires fear and wields power). There's a lot of action, mostly to hide the fact that the cardboard characters generate as little sympathy as the thousands of Chinese deaths that are Step One in Palestrina's master plan. Instead of being disturbing or controversial, Folsom's mix of religion and politics approaches comic-book parody. Agent, Aaron Priest. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Can you imagine a diabolical scheme hatched by the highest powers in the Vatican to create a new Holy Roman Empire in China, secretly exerting its influence over this huge nation through intimidation and mass murder, thereby becoming the greatest superpower on earth? That's the plot Los Angeles lawyer Harry Addison discovers after his brother Daniel, a priest in Rome, dies in a suspicious bus explosion after being accused of murdering a cardinal. When Harry arrives in Rome to claim his brother's body, he immediately becomes a prime suspect in several murders and is forced underground while he attempts to clear his name. Can Harry expose the Vatican's evil plans before he is captured or killed? Folsom (The Day After Tomorrow, LJ 3/15/94) has produced another whirlwind romp that crisscrosses the globe with intrigue, and if you can ignore the somewhat preposterous premise, it's great fun. For popular collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/98.]‘Rebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Lib., Hammond, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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