- Series: Body Farm Novel (Book 7)
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (May 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006180679X
- ISBN-13: 978-0061806797
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Miranda Lovelady, Dr. Bill Brockton's protégé, is spending the summer helping excavate a newly discovered chamber beneath the spectacular Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. There she discovers a stone chest inscribed with a stunning claim: inside lie the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazareth. Faced with a case of unimaginable proportions, Miranda summons Brockton for help proving or refuting the claim. Both scientists are skeptical—after all, fake relics abounded during the Middle Ages—but evidence for authenticity looks strong initially, and soon grows stronger.
Brockton and Miranda link the bones to the haunting image on the Shroud of Turin, revered by millions as the burial cloth of Christ, and then a laboratory test finds the bones to be two thousand years old. The finding triggers a deadly tug-of-war between the anthropologists, the Vatican, and a deadly zealot who hopes to use the bones to bring about the Second Coming—and trigger the end of time.
Set against an international landscape, and weaving a rich tapestry of religion, history, art, and science, The Inquisitor's Key takes Jefferson Bass to an exciting new level of suspense.
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The book has some strange twists and turns and a very surprising wending, keeping the reader entertained throughout the book. However, it seems the authors have read too many Dan Brown and Daniel Silva books, making the beginning of the book somewhat less than credible. (They are not not quite as credible as Brown and Silva.) Oh, eventually, they get back to their normal mysteries and thrillers. I gave it four stars because of the slow start (at least for me or was a slow start). In spite of the beginning, it is a masterful tale and I recommend this book highly.
The setting of the book is magical to me. Avignone is now on my bucket list to see in person. I love art history and mysteries so the intertwining of both made for a delightful read. The book is well researched and has many real life characters in it. My imagination is firing away with the theories contained in the story.
If you like historical novels, if you like Catholic History (including the not so good aspects), if you like art history, if you like a good mystery, then you will enjoy this book. I'm so excited to know there are more books in the series. I'm a fan now. Worth paying good money for.
The story jumps back and forth between past and present, which was confusing at first. It is not much about forensics as in the typical Jefferson Bass books, but more about the story of popes and painters of the 14th century.
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Long version: I adore the Body Farm novels, and usually rip through them in a few hours (I know, I should slow down to get all the...Read more
Highly recommend for fans of Dan Brown's stories.