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THE POPES BUTCHER: Based on the True Story of a Serial Killer in the Medieval Vatican by [Joseph C. Gioconda]

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★     "Wow.  The history perfectly blended with the world building and characterization to create a hypnotic tale I couldn't put down." -- Author J.A. Martin



★     "Exhaustively researched and brilliantly executed...A riveting read." -- The Prairies Book Review


★     "The Pope's Butcher is top-notch writing, the best book I've read this year, and I'm looking forward to Joseph C. Gioconda's second novel, Salem's Ropes." -- Lex Allen, Reader's Favorite Book Review



★     "Immersing the reader in the bloody but fascinating world of medieval witch trials, Joseph Gioconda's debut is a thrilling take on a little-known historical episode." -- Indie Reader Book Review



★    "A dark, well-researched story centered on the Inquisition's most notorious killer. With evocative prose and careful research, Gioconda captures the nuances of medieval Church politics and the frank realities of the prejudices of the time." -- BookLife by Publisher's Weekly



★     "From the first chapter, I was hooked as the book is a real page turner! I love that the book is inspired by actual history and that the author provides great details about the true horror in the medieval Vatican!" -- NetGalley Reviewer



★     "I loved the world building as well as the absolutely authentic feel. Institoris is as twisted a character as one can have, but the scariest part is that he was real. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author." -- GoodReads Reviewer



★   "The Pope's Butcher is one of those novels that leaves you thinking about what was, what is, and what will be in the next hundred years. Now that's good writing!" -- Viga Boland, Reader's Favorite Book Review




★     "Interesting and intriguing, the story flowed well and would recommend this even if you have no interest in the church." -- NetGalley Reviewer



★     "The author did a great job in merging facts and fiction...it hits the nail on the head without being too gory." -- Online Book Club



★    "All I can say right now is Wow, Just Wow. This book was intense and the author did an awesome job putting it all together." -- GoodReads Reviewer




★   "The plot is twisty with great pacing and plenty of hair-raising action with well-developed characters that grow throughout the book. Fantastic story. I really want to read more from this author and hope he has a sequel in the offing." -- Anne Marie Reynolds, Reader's Favorite Book Review

About the Author

Joseph C. Gioconda is a former Catholic seminarian who went on to graduate from Yale Law School and become a trial lawyer.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B095SZJSPY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Newtown IP Holdings LLC; 1st edition (June 2, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 2, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2201 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 250 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.0 out of 5 stars 159 ratings

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Joseph C. Gioconda spent years as a Roman Catholic seminarian, which preceded his further career development in the secular world. He earned his law degree from the prestigious Yale Law School and is now a trial lawyer. He is a member of the Historical Novel Society.

THE POPE'S BUTCHER was his first novel and was a #1 Amazon bestseller the first week after publication. His second novel SALEM'S ROPES was published in October 2021. Mr. Gioconda also published and edited an anthology of short stories called FLEETING CHILLS.

Mr. Gioconda is currently working on a fourth novel about Benjamin Franklin's time in London, and a fifth about true ritualistic serial killers in New Orleans.

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