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Artfully crafted and intricately layered, this thriller by a veteran British journalist/crime novelist moves back and forth between 1944 and 1945 and the present to imagine a complex web of modern neo-Fascist Italian extremism entwined with corrupt Vatican politics, all nicely set against an affecting love affair between a highly unlikely pair of still young--however prematurely disenchanted--professional adversaries. In a prologue set during April 1945, Mussolini's veteran aide de camp steals away from the convoy accompanying Il Duce in his futile attempt to escape and strikes out alone for the Swiss border, driving a truck carrying 10 heavy wooden boxes. The action then switches to present-day Rome, where 30-ish magistrate Elena Fiorini and British journalist Andy Chapman meet at the scene of the murder of a rebellious Catholic priest. Chapman's Italian journalist friend Enzo breaks a story linking the murder to neo-Fascists, and Chapman tapes a young street urchin who claims that a member of Parliament visited the priest just before his murder. When Chapman takes the tape to Elena, the chemistry between them leads to bed. During a rendezvous with Enzo to meet an informer who wants to talk, Chapman barely escapes with his life as he and the informer are ambushed. The trail leads to secret Vatican archives containing evidence of papal collusion with the high crimes of Mussolini and a modern-day revival of the Fascist Blackshirt movement reaching into high places. Unraveling a fascinating tapestry of pious deceit, Adams explores carnal frailty, broken vows and religious genocide as he adroitly connects the present-day action to Mussolini's fall from power.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The search for post-Communism enemies continues: for Adam, a British foreign correspondent who's also written for TV and published crime novels, the bad guys are a slimy crew of neofascists. The action begins when a controversial priest who feeds the homeless and criticizes Vatican wealth is murdered. Andy Chapman, a British reporter, finds evidence he turns over to prosecutor Elena Fiorini; the two are soon on a trail with roots in the final days of World War II. But this is far from an intellectual exercise: both are manhandled, and more dead bodies dot the landscape. That landscape is Rome, with its narrow courts and vast, echoing ruins; Chapman's fondness for Italy seems to express the author's opinion. Unholy Trinity is a lively, fast-paced thriller, with a bit of sex and violence to keep the pages turning. (Warning: one element of the plot turns on the Vatican's role at the end of World War II, so don't recommend this novel to Catholics unwilling to examine this issue.) Mary Carroll
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