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The Fifth Gospel

An unputdownable conspiracy thriller


'The Fifth Gospel is that rare story: erudite and a page-turner, literary but compulsively readable' David Baldacci

2004. As Pope John Paul II's reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered. The same night, a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator's research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex, desperate to keep his family safe, undertakes his own investigation.

To find the killer he must reconstruct the dead curator's secret. But just as he begins to understand the truth about his friend's death, and its consequences for the future of the world's two largest Christian Churches, Father Alex finds himself hunted down ...

'A beguiling thriller' Sunday Times

'Page-turning' Irish Independent


Dan Brown, Umberto Eco, Robert Harris, Vatican, conspiracy, The Rule of Four, New York Times bestseller, Sunday Times bestseller, David Baldacci,
Arika Van Brunt

Ian Caldwell is the bestselling co-author of The Rule of Four. He lives in Virginia with his wife and children.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (March 26, 2015)
  • Length: 400 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471111051