The Coins of Judas Hardcover – 2 April 2001
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0002261200
- ISBN-13 : 978-0002261203
- Publisher : HarperCollins (2 April 2001)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
‘A fascinating novel with a leavening of tantalising historical detail’ Irish News
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'A conspiracy thriller of the highest order . . . a tight and always intriguing novel which examines the depths to which people will sink in their quest for power. A masterly debut.' Evening Herald
‘McBain has a talent for creating believable characters and situations… For those who thought he was going to carry on in the usual vein of thriller writers, this will be a surprise; for those who enjoy good writing, a pleasant one.’ Richard Pedley, Jersey Evening Post
From the Back Cover
A remarkable novel based on a fascinating historical mystery, by the author of 'The Mastership Game.'
The action committed by Judas for thirty pieces of silver is one of the most famous betrayals in history. But what happened to those coins – coins which gave their predecessors such a power of evil that they had only been resisted by one man: Peter himself. Twenty-five of the coins have been gathered and kept safe in the sacred tomb of St. Peter in the Vatican.
But what happened to the remaining five?
Paul Stauffer, a brilliant, ambitious criminal psychologist, has been responsible for Karl Kramer's victorious defence against a brutal murder charge. But in the courtroom, meeting Kramer's eyes, Paul becomes convinced that he has made a terrible error. He is prevented from action by an unusually persuasive visitor – and the first coin appears. Havoc follows in a series of macabre accidents in his home and his office, to his family, friends, students and colleagues. His most formidable adversary is Cardinal Benelli. He knows of the evil performed by previous holders of the coins, men such as Diocletian, but none seem to Benelli as terrifying as the conjunction of the hapless Paul Staffer with the rise again of that legendary figure, the Magus.
Full of Historical detail, rich in the secret history of the Vatican, of occult practices and philosophy, 'The Coins of Judas' is a powerful, challenging novel.
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