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The Vatican Connection Hardcover – September 1, 1982


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  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Co; 1st edition (September 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0030601460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0030601460
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael T Kennedy VINE VOICE on May 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book, nonfiction, should be read with Malachi Martin's novels about the intrigue around the Vatican before the ascension of John Paul II. The author, a NYPD detective, is on a wire tap of the mafia when he learns about an incredible plot. The mafia has a large collection of stolen bearer bonds which would be negotiable except they are known to be stolen and the seller would be quickly identified. They figure out a way to use the bonds as collateral for new loans that are used to invest in legitimate companies in Europe. This works so well that they run out of stolen bonds and begin to counterfeit them.At this point, the Vatican Bank becomes involved and the story is fascinating. The larger story, though, is to be found in Martin's books about the Vatican in the time of Pope Paul VI and his successors.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT on November 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
This 'reality' novel tells an incredible story: the Vatican through Mgr. Marcinkus tried to use $950 million of forged bonds as a collateral for new loans. But a New York policeman discovered the transactions and the key figure was convicted.
The other villains, besides the Archbishop, in this unbelievable story are very well known Mafia, masonic and money laundering figures: Michele Sindona, Roberto Calvi.
An only average police novel but with an astonishing content. Not to be missed.
I recommend another book with the same main characters in another murky affair: David Yallop 'In God's Name. An investigation into the murder of pope John Paul I'.
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Format: Hardcover
Richard Hammer has written/cowritten many other books, such as The Helmsleys: The Rise and Fall of Harry and Leona Helmsley, Blood from a Stone: The Quest for the Life Diamonds, The Last Testament of Lucky Luciano: The Mafia Story in His Own Words, etc. He said in the "Author's Note" of this 1982 book, "The events described in this book are true and the characters are real. Except for certain interpretations and conclusions, which are the author's responsibility alone, the story is based on the recollections, files and records of Detective Sergeant Joseph J. Coffey, Jr., commanding officer of the Organized Crime Homicide Task Force and special assistant for organized crime affairs to the Chief of Detectives of the New York City Police Department. It also relies heavily on wiretaps and electronic surveillance done under court order ... Those conversations that have been re-created are either taken directly from transcripts of legal wiretaps and electronic eavesdropping devices or are based on the recollections of one or more of the participants in them."

He wrote, "How much money was involved? There was no way Coffey could calculate that, but it certainly ran way up in the millions. There had been references several times to $900,000 and that was only one deal. There had been talk of $100,000 here and another $100,000 there, and several hundred thousand someplace else. There was no way of putting a figure on the counterfeits that had been discussed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By angelo on March 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Originally read this TRUE STORY when it was first published and gave away several copies
to friends. Glad I found it again for my own library.
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