The Inquisitor's Key, A Body Farm Novel
May 8, 2012
Author: Jefferson Bass
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (May 8, 2012)
Miranda Lovelady, Dr. Bill Brockton's protÉgÉ, is spending the summer helping excavate a newly discovered chamber beneath the spectacular Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. There she discovers a stone chest inscribed with a stunning claim: inside lie the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazareth. Faced with a case of unimaginable proportions, Miranda summons Brockton for help proving or refuting the claim. Both scientists are skeptical—after all, fake relics abounded during the Middle Ages—but evidence for authenticity looks strong initially, and soon grows stronger.
Brockton and Miranda link the bones to the haunting image on the Shroud of Turin, revered by millions as the burial cloth of Christ, and then a laboratory test finds the bones to be two thousand years old. The finding triggers a deadly tug-of-war between the anthropologists, the Vatican, and a deadly zealot who hopes to use the bones to bring about the Second Coming—and trigger the end of time.
Set against an international landscape, and weaving a rich tapestry of religion, history, art, and science, The Inquisitor's Key takes Jefferson Bass to an exciting new level of suspense.
Take The Inquisition, Templar Knights, the possible bones of Jesus Christ, goons with guns and the hard science of the Body Farm and what do you have? A rollicking mystery along the lines of the ever so famous Da Vinci Code book.
The story lines shifts back and forth from the 1300s to present day. When a skeleton is found buried in the wall of one of the "Pope Mansions" left over from the days of The Inquisition the mystery explodes as all types of organizations desperately seek to obtain it.
Poor Bill Brockton has his hands full trying to keep himself and his (not yet admitted to his own self) lady love alive while discovering whether the bones belong to Jesus - making them very famous and important bones - or just to some other poor guy that had the misfortune to get killed and walled up.
Fun read. Trailer below!
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