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Sign of the Cross

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No secret will keep for ever . . .

A Vatican priest is found murdered on the shores of Denmark - nailed to a cross in the shadow of Hamlet's castle. He is the first victim in a vicious killing spree that spans the world. Each horrific murder exactly mirrors the crucifixion of Christ ... Meanwhile, deep in the Roman Catacombs of Orvieto, an archaeologist uncovers an ancient scroll dating back two thousand years. The scroll, he knows, holds the key to a dark and treacherous secret that will rock the very foundations of the Church. But only if he can decipher its lost meanings - and only if he can live long enough to reveal them ...

The enemies of the truth know no law of man . . .

From Publishers Weekly

21 August 2006 – Kuzneski elbows his way into the overcrowded field of the papal thriller with his sophomore effort (after 2002's racially charged The Plantation), combining the requisite plot twists and Da Vinci-esque secret histories with a Passion of the Christ-like attention to gore. And there's plenty of opportunity for gore: Kuzneski kicks off the action with a nasty crucifixion in modern-day Denmark. It turns out the victim is a Vatican priest, and his murder is just the first. Meanwhile, maverick archeologist Dr. Charles Boyd and his assistant Maria Pelati discover a 2000-year-old scroll underneath the Italian town of Orvieto that contains "a secret that would change... the history of the world forever." Instantly, the two become the most wanted people in Europe, pursued by the Vatican, a large measure of Western European law enforcement and two freelance CIA agents. As the chase begins, more crucified priests are turning up across the globe, and the head of Interpol's new homicide division, Nick Dial, finds himself edging closer to the heart of a centuries-old coverup. Cat and mouse games accelerate and alliances shuffle as the overstuffed plot brings its numerous players together, but excessive detail and exposition-heavy dialogue slow the action. Despite its flaws, Kuzneski knows what fans of the genre want: compelling and well-researched history, high-tech 21st-century sleuthing and a lot of action.

Customer Reviews

A rip roaring tale!

I couldn't put this book down. The meld of fact and fiction is exceptional in a rollercoaster tale. An outstanding author who knows how to write in a captivating style!

Gripping excitement

This was the first of Chris kuzneski's books I'd ever bought ( I own all of his books including the plantation chris's first release ), very glad I did. The story Is rich and well researched, the characters are amazing. Payne and jones bring the story to life with their antics, witty remarks and style. I've recommended his books to my family and friends. All of his books are great reads.


I really enjoyed this book. Extremely well written, a great story with wonderful characters. Namely, Payne and Jones who truly add to the story. I've bought and read all of the books in the store and loved them all!

Sign of the Cross
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  • £3.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Crime & Thrillers
  • Published: 05 April 2007
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Print Length: 624 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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