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From Library Journal

Sandom's masterful first novel, based on a true incident, spins a complicated web of corruption, greed, and deception that connects international banking, high Vatican officials, notorious fascist scoundrels, and the London police. Detective Inspector Nigel Lyman falls heir to the reopened case of an Italian banker's suicide on Blackfriar's Bridge; he soon finds himself in Amiens, France, deeply involved in the search for a lost Gnostic gospel that could topple the Church. By turns contemplative, descriptive, and emotive, this mixture of mystery and intrigue reveals intense preparation and fine writing.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Eight hundred years ago, somebody hid a copy of the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas--the oft-fabled Q document directly reporting Christ's words--in some cubbyhole in Chartres Cathedral. Now, in 1983, Inspector Nigel Lyman, visiting Amiens Cathedral for leads in the mysterious year-old death of an Italian banker in London, finds himself not only pulled into an unlikely treasure hunt in Amiens and Chartres but surrounded by other hunters: hopelessly naive American architect/geometrician Joseph Koster; tour guide Guy Soury-Fontaine and his sister Mariane; their Vatican bank-chief cousin Archbishop Kazimierz Grabowski; mobster Marco Scarcella, hoping to use the document to blackmail the Vatican into resuming his money-laundering; and the unknown agents of crazy right-wing Countess Irene de Rochambaud, determined to publish the Good News to all the world. First-novelist Sandom pulls out all the stops, but the whole affair seems weightless--probably because all that good guys/bad guys plotting shoves those Gospel truths so far into the background. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553589792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553589795
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,667,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. G. Sandom, often referred to as the "Father of Interactive (Internet) Advertising," co-founded the world's first interactive advertising agency, Einstein and Sandom Interactive (EASI) in 1984 before launching an award-winning writing career. He is the author of nine works of fiction, including THE GOD MACHINE and GOSPEL TRUTHS (primarily set in the UK & France); THE WALL STREET MURDER CLUB; THE WAVE; KISS ME, I'M DEAD; and CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BODY SNATCHER (also set in the UK).

Born in Chicago (December 19th, 1956), raised in Europe, and a graduate of Amherst College (where he won the Academy of American Poets Prize), Sandom moved to New York City in 1979 where, for the next five years, he worked as a freelance copy writer, public relations and advertising executive, and corporate spokesperson trainer for such companies as Hill & Knowlton and Ketchum Inc.

In 1984, Sandom co-founded Einstein and Sandom Interactive (EASI), the nation's first interactive advertising agency. It grew to become the largest digital marketing services firm when it was purchased by D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles in 1994. Sandom continued to manage EASI on behalf of DMB&B through 1996. EASI clients included: Procter & Gamble, General Motors and Mars Incorporated/Uncle Ben's Rice, among others; plus several non-DMB&B clients such as Citibank, Compaq, McDonnell Douglas, and Merck & Co.

From January 1997 through October 1999, Sandom served as Director of Interactive at OgilvyOne Worldwide, a division of Ogilvy & Mather, where he grew the company from a loss of $2 million to an estimated $100 million in revenues in 30 months, and from 12 "permalancers" to 650 digital marketing specialists worldwide. In 1998, OgilvyInteractive was named "Best Interactive Ad Agency" of the year by Advertising Age magazine, and won two premier Cyber Lions awards at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. OgilvyInteractive's clients included: IBM, GTE, Ameritrade, and Ford Motor Company.

From November 1999 through October 2003, Sandom served as President and CEO, and then Vice Chairman of RappDigital Worldwide, the interactive arm of direct marketing/direct response agency giant Rapp, an Omnicom Company. Within a year of inception, RappDigital became one of the nation's "Top Twenty" interactive ad agencies, according to Adweek. Sandom was responsible for executive management of the company, and its growth to more than $40MM in revenues in the U.S., with 300+ employees worldwide, and offices throughout North America, Europe and Latin America -- at a time of industry contraction. RappDigital Network clients included SBC Communications, Mercedes-Benz, Philips Consumer Electronics, Pfizer, and Reuters, among others.

Following the release of THE SEED OF ICARUS (1975) and THE BLUE MEN (1981), GOSPEL TRUTHS was published by Bantam/Random House in 1992 (and re-issued in 2007). Since then, Sandom has written six other novels, including THE WAVE (Cornucopia Press), THE GOD MACHINE (Bantam/Random House) and THE WALL STREET MURDER CLUB (Cornucopia Press).

Booklist called GOSPEL TRUTHS, "a splendid, tautly woven thriller...(and) an intelligent mystery of tremendous spiritual and literary depth." Library Journal said, "A masterful first novel, based on a true incident, which spins a complicated web of corruption, greed and deception." And Mostly Murder characterized it, "A fascinating mystery...captivating and engrossing."

While known mostly as a writer of thrillers and mysteries, Sandom is also the author of several award-winning Young Adult (YA) novels, originally released under pen name T.K. Welsh, including KISS ME, I'M DEAD (formerly titled THE UNRESOLVED - August 2006) and CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BODY SNATCHER (formerly titled RESURRECTION MEN - Spring 2007), both from Penguin/Dutton. New editions of both books have recently been released in softcover and eBook form under the author's birth name, and in a new collection titled TWO TEEN TERRORS, from Cornucopia Press.

Publishers Weekly called CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BODY SNATCHER, "A haunting tour of London's underclass during the 1830s...Teens will likely be both captivated by Victor's harrowing story as well as his ability to prevail in the face of harsh injustices." VOYA said, "Teen readers will thoroughly enjoy the hair-raising suspense in this historical thriller." TeensReadToo termed it, "an intense, dark work...I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction." KLIATT said, "Like M.T. Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, this look at sinister events in history makes the era come alive and lingers in the memory." Jen Robinson's Book Page called the novel, "Gripping and fast-paced, filled with intriguing historical details...Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction." And School Library Journal said, "Part historical fiction and part adventure story, the novel brings excitement to Victorian England...Readers will be on the edge of their seats." CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BODY SNATCHER has been named a Junior Library Guild selection.

Ranked one of the Top Ten Children's Books of the year by the Washington Post, KISS ME, I'M DEAD was named a Notable Book for Teens by the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, a Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Teen's Top Ten, and nominated for a Cybils literary award, a Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) by the American Library Association (ALA), and added to Horn Book's list of Recommended American Historical Fiction. The Washington Post said, "(J.G. Sandom) writes with a precision and delicacy unusual for YA fiction," and called the novel, "a subtle gem." School Library Journal said, "KISS ME, I'M DEAD tells a remarkable story in a remarkable way." Horn Book Magazine called the work, "A decidedly unconventional ghost story...(and) a tightly wound novel." Kirkus Reviews termed it, "A remarkable account." Romantic Times said, "KISS ME, I'M DEAD is a book you shouldn't pass up." Midwest Book Review called the novel, "a wonderfully different kind of ghost story." And Bookslut.com said, "KISS ME, I'M DEAD scores on several levels, most notably as a drama that blows apart all preconceived notions of how history can be retold."

THE GOD MACHINE was released in May, 2009. Caroline Thompson (author of Edward Scissorhands) said, "Move over, Dan Brown...All hail J.G. Sandom...(THE GOD MACHINE) is a thrilling and breathless, rapturously-written and mind-blowing read. It'll keep you up all night, turning pages as fast as your little fingers can manage." Bookpage.com said "Sandom has a knack for combining legendary gospels, ancient secrets, star-crossed lovers and Masonic puzzles to create a simmering stew of conspiracy, intrigue and danger that keeps the plot pot boiling until the very end." And the Historical Novels Review said, "History galore, violence, and intrigue fill the pages of this tightly plotted, twisting and turning adventure story, reminding one of a multilayered Russian matryoshka doll. The reader will also learn a great deal about da Vinci, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and many more historical geniuses...Those who love numbers, physics, and a truly unpredictable, suspenseful mystery will relish the facts and ponderings replete in this well-written, mysterious spin-off of The Da Vinci Code. THE GOD MACHINE is a very impressive historical thriller!"

THE WAVE was published in June 2010 by Cornucopia Press. Kirkus said, "Sandom's strength lies in the verve of his story, with writing that has both muscle...(and) brains...Races from improbable to crazywild, all in good fun, with Sandom always one step ahead...A story with enough manic energy to be worthy of a nuclear explosion."

THE WALL STREET MURDER CLUB was published by Cornucopia Press in September 2013 and immediately became an Amazon Top Ten best-selling Thriller/Mystery. Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent and Ordinary Heroes, called THE WALL STREET MURDER CLUB, "A gripping story, well-told...not only a tale of murder and betrayal, but an intelligent exploration of issues of male identity." Kirkus Reviews termed the book, "A Big Apple Deliverance, endowing New York culture with all the corrosively dehumanizing power of Dickey's wild nature...Slickly entertaining right down to the last, inevitable twist. (Film rights to Warner Brothers -- and there's no mystery why.)" And Booklist said, "(Sandom) writes with stunning elegance and nearly poetic beauty...A sure hit with any suspense reader."

Sandom continues to consult in the world of interactive advertising and digital marketing communications, and is currently working on a new novel.

The Seed of Icarus - 1975
The Blue Men - 1981
Gospel Truths - 1992, 2007
The Wave - 2002, 2010
Kiss me, I'm dead - 2006, 2010
Confessions of a Teenage Body Snatcher - 2007, 2010
The God Machine - 2009
Two Teen Terrors - 2010
The Wall Street Murder Club - 2013

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Viviane Crystal VINE VOICE on September 22, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Have you noticed the rising tide of rebellion in society, a lack of confidence in the authority of both secular and sacred leaders? Gospel Truths is a search for the Book of Thomas the Contender and the Gospel of Thomas, two works that could change the very fabric of society and spirituality. For the message supposedly lying within these two texts contains the key to fully finding one's identity, purpose and power within one's self and not based on external people or ideas. But as in every powerful truth, there are those who find this potential discovery a disaster in the making, a formidable force to destroy the powers that be. So what's the obvious conflict? Travel to England and France for an unforgettable experience!

J. G. Sandom, like Dan Brown and other writers covering similar conflicts, offers each reader a thrilling adventure ride but also some fascinating knowledge about Masons, the Founding Fathers of America, antiques, architecture, cathedrals, and so much more.

The protagonist who will guide us through this labyrinth is Nigel Lyman, a once notable British Detective now wallowing in grief and sorrow over a job gone bad and a terrible personal loss. But morose or otherwise, Lyman is called to investigate the mysterious death of an Italian financier tied to a formidable banking scandal unprecedented in the global banking world. Little does Nigel know that more battles and deaths will follow but on the journey Nigel begins what will bring him the purpose and healing he most needs and a conclusion the world needs even more! To stop him unknown enemies will galvanize their most fierce forces with their own very specific mission.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Maria R. Varecka on February 25, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Gospel Truths" is a superior read. It's both fascinating, smart and mysterious. The Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, believed to be Christ's own words writtin on the page, has been hidden away in a cathedral in France. If it is found and exposed, it will undermine the very essence of Christianity as we know it. Reviewer #1 has done a superb job of describing the characters, so I won't go into it again here.

Just let me say that J. has a gift for putting words together beautifully. "Gospel Truths" is filled with such beautiful passages that I found myself going back and reading them over again.

"Gospel Truths" was not an easy book to write but J. did a superb job. Books on the subject of religion are often fascinating, especially when it is thought that an actual relic exists that was hidden 1,000 years ago. It would be wonderful to have everyone to read the book in a room for a discussion.

Please buy it. It's well worth the read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SQUIRREL on January 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Captivating, erudite and masterfully plotted, Gospel Truths is the thinking man's Da Vinci Code. The novel is set primarily in the cathedral towns of France (Chartres and Amiens), features colorful characters, and explores a variety of issues from Medieval architecture and topology, to the early Gnostic Christians (considered Heretics by the established Church) and Free Masonry. Interestingly, both Sandom and Brown went to Amherst College. Wonder if Brown was influenced by his fellow alumni's novel. Sure seems that way. But Gospel Truths is actually far more interesting and complex, though clearly a more "difficult" and challenging read. A "must read" for any mystery lover. If you liked Da Vinci Code, you'll LOVE Gospel Truths. Stick with it and the book will deliver in spades.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on February 7, 2007
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The year is 1991, and British police inspector Nigel Lyman has fallen from grace following a run as media darling after he solved a gruesome case involving a teacher who had dismembered several young students who attended a prestigious school. But then Lyman accidentally shot and killed another officer during a scuffle with some bad guys. Add to that the loss of his son in the Falklands war and the end of his marriage, and Lyman nearly reached his breaking point.

To top it off, he's been assigned to a seemingly insignificant but reopened case involving a powerful Vatican-connected Italian banker who presumably hanged himself off Blackfriars Bridge in London a year earlier. Like the labyrinths that will eventually provide pivotal clues, the path Lyman follows in solving the case will take turns that appear to lead directly to the center of the mystery, only to steer him in another direction entirely.

At the heart of the case is the legendary "Q" document, which is purported to be the gospel that the apostles Matthew, Mark and Luke used as source material for their own gospel accounts. It's believed to have been hidden away in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres in France. But before Lyman figures out the link to Q in Chartres, his investigation leads him to another French city, Amiens, and its cathedral --- plus a half-dozen or so people who play essential roles in the unraveling of a web of crime extending far beyond a London bridge.
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