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Published by Matador, 28 July 2018. ISBN
978 1789013 443(PB)
General Lorenzo (Enzo) Rossi, head of the Vatican Police, is the hero of The
Concordat. Fast approaching forty, Rossi is good at his job. He is also
tall dark and handsome and, much to his mother’s chagrin, still single.
Rossi is dispatched to Bonn, Germany to recover what
is believed to be a forged Concordat, dated 1939, between the Vatican and the
Nazi Government. The inflammatory document states that the Vatican would agree
to cease opposition to the Nazi government in return for being appointed the
official state religion of the Third Reich. Clearly no such document,
genuine or forged, can be allowed to see the light of day. Rossi has to
acquire it for the Vatican before anyone else has a chance to make mischief out
of its contents.
Bad weather delays Rossi and when he eventually
arrives in Germany he finds his contact has been killed and the Concordat
stolen, probably by the lady who was coming out of the meeting place just as he
was entering it. The lady is working for the Russians but lives in Paris,
Rossi’s next port of call. In Paris the Concordat eludes him once again
and he ends up taking a plane to Moscow to confront the might of the Russian FSB
(Federal Security Service) that, instructed by Russian President Volkov, has
instigated the whole charade.
In Moscow Rossi is helped by members of the CIA
bureau, particularly the beautiful Cathy Doherty who falls for Rossi. Rossi
rejects Cathy because he believes the way she dresses means that she spends her
time hopping in and out of bed with different men. The body count rises
steadily as fixers and clergy fall victim whilst protecting their country,
their church, or both. There is a nail-biting climax involving Russian and
Concordat is an enjoyable, fast-moving, suspenseful story
populated by a good variety of interesting characters, some of whom are almost
super-human. The politics involved between the different factions and
churches are complicated but enhance rather than detract from the
narrative. There is also humor and plenty of human interest, including
Rossi’s attempts to make his mama happy. I am really looking forward to
meeting Inspector Rossi again in the sequel to the Concordat.
Reviewer Angela Crowther
Sean Hearyis a
former business executive who lived for many years only a stone’s throw from
the Kremlin. No wonder he writes political thrillers. Born and raised in
Australia, Sean now makes Germany his home. The Concordat is his first book.
Angela Crowtheris a
retired scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet,
no crime fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing
group, goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the
operas of Verdi and Wagner.