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Publisher's Summary

In a remote hill town in Italy, a renowned scientist enters the confessional. A dying man, he pours out the secret that has consumed his life for years - a sin of such magnitude that the shocked priest refuses him absolution.

In a suburb of Washington, D.C., Joe Lassiter's only sister and her young son have been killed in a sudden fire that engulfs their home. The police believe it was arson; they soon discover that mother and child were brutally murdered before the blaze was set.

As Lassiter tries to find out why they were killed, he comes to believe others may have been murdered in similar fashion. And still more people may die if he cannot discover the elusive connection that links the innocent victims together.

©2005 John Case (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"You'll probably guess what's behind the murders of mothers and their very young sons long before investigator Joe Lassiter does, but that shouldn't spoil your enjoyment of this exciting and thoughtful new thriller that mixes science and faith in with its action. Lassiter's own sister and beloved nephew are among the victims, who were all patients at an Italian fertility clinic run by a doctor with some unusual ideas about DNA. Why this catches the attention of a dangerous religious order, and whether Lassiter can save one surviving woman and child from their wrath, should take up a good part of your night." (Amazon.com review)

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  • Mobilis
  • qer, Alberta, Canada
  • 09-30-09

Not bad, but not great, either

The ending won't come as a shocking surprise, because you'll figure out why people are dying about an hour into the book, but regardless, I enjoy John Case's writing, so I give it three stars. A perfectly credit-worthy listen, if you have a credit going stale.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Better than DaVinci Code

Excellent narration by Dick Hill. The writing is much stronger than "DaVinci Code", and avoids the cliche-filled dialogue that plagues the suspense genre (e.g. "First to Kill"). This book came out in 1995, so many technologies weren't around ... kinda neat to look back a little bit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Amazing Audio Read!!!

It is amazing how a book written close to 20 years ago can be so good and not dated. This story was fast pace and never had a dull moment. I also loved how it was able to close up all the loose ends without needing a part 2 or 3 like so many books these days. I highly recommend this book and will purchase his other book too!!! Better than Dan Brown, and I like Dan Brown. After, experiencing this book, I think John Case clearly leads the pack!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Just ok. The narrator put me asleep sometimes.

The story read like a manual at times. Not sure if it was the narrators fault or the stories. Either way it wasn't the page turner I was hoping for and expected.

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  • Ron
  • United States
  • 01-16-12

A solid listen

The book was a little better than I expected it to be. The comparisons to Dan Brown are inevitable; this is a far better-written book. The premise was decent enough, though you won't be the least surprised by the big reveal at the end. In fact, you'll be rolling your eyes wondering why Joe Lassiter can't add two and two.The last few chapters are kinda jammed with new characters and action, making me think the pacing was a little off... I'd like to have met a couple of those characters slightly earlier. (And the names of the two major characters introduced at the end are almost a bad joke, but it works fine really.) Dick Hill does a very good job with his narration, as usual, though frankly I might have made a different choice for such an accent-heavy book (not Hill's strong suit, in my opinion). All nitpicking aside, though, it's well-written and well-read and was a pretty fun listen throughout.

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Enjoyed it.

I went into this with no expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed it. At times I thought that I was listening a James Rollins book, then a Michael Connelly book. A suspenseful story, a good cast of characters (scientists, assassins, priests, detectives), the plot moves at good pace and the book takes you half way around the world. I definitely recommend it.

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Excellent book

I was riveted from beginning to end. I drive for Uber and so I listen to a LOT of audio books and decided to give this one a try. Absolutely worth the money and the time to listen to it. I even listened to it outside of my car while taking a bath, getting ready for bed and even let my teenage kids listen who then promptly stole the book to listen to from beginning to end.

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Thought Provoking

Very good book. It was very captivating and caused me to keep up with the story to discover the end result of this case.

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sorry it's over

Loved this book. It carried me away to a different place because the story was so exciting and engrossing.

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Meh!

Story was ok but narration was painful! Too much "acting" (and not particularly good acting) detracted from the story. I did make it through but thought about quitting more than once!