Dead Bishops Don't Lie
By André K. Baby
Ever since Dan Brown and Harrison Ford popularized Catholic arcana with their Hollywood fantasies, I've been waiting for someone to pen a thriller of the genre that doesn't snap the bounds of credibility. In Dead Bishops Don't Lie, Quebec crown prosecutor turned international business lawyer André K. Baby spins a readable, believable yarn, even for jaded readers who have a tough time suspending their disbelief long enough to finish a novel.
If you liked the late Steig Larsson's Lispeth Salander trilogy, you'll appreciate a plot built on the way things work in post-everything Europe. Two senior Vatican archbishops are murdered, crucified. The signs point to revenge by ancient heretical sects. As we follow the investigation by Interpol inspectors Thierry Dulac and Daniel Lescop, the real reason for the killings emerges with every intriguing twist and turn.
What makes Baby's writing so strong and believable is that, as a former prosecutor, he insists on testing every link in the chain of evidence. The Interpol investigators must build a watertight case in order to bulldoze stonewalling politicians, Russian mobsters and butt-covering superiors. I made the mistake of cracking open the book on a Friday evening. I finished it Sunday at the expense of a briefcase full of work I brought home..."
Jim Duff, Editor, The Hudson Gazette