By Jefferson Bass
The such a lot riveting and impressive novel up to now in Jefferson Bass’ New York instances bestselling physique Farm secret sequence, The Inquisitor’s Key takes forensic investigator Dr. invoice Brockton to Avignon, France, and embroils him in a perilous non secular secret that may shake the Vatican itself to its very foundations. one other sterling crime novel within the vein of Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, and Karin Slaughter, in addition to TV’s C.S.I., The Inquisitor’s Key provides a marginally of James Rollins and The Da Vinci Code to the in most cases acclaimed Jefferson Bass mixture of suspense, shock, and finely precise forensic investigation.
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She refused to take the oath, Your Holiness. I begged her, repeatedly. I gave her many possibilities. ” “You burned her simply because she wouldn't swear to inform the reality? ” “She wouldn't. ” Irked now, Fournier can’t withstand the urge to justify himself. “And as you recognize, the oath is needed of all who're referred to as earlier than the Inquisition. ” “Was an individual else burned for refusing to take it? ” “No one else refused, Holiness. ” “Then maybe not anyone else knew the lessons of our Lord in addition to she did. Jesus acknowledged, ‘Do no longer swear, both via heaven or by way of earth or maybe through your individual head, yet easily say certain or no. ’ Did he now not? ” Fournier inclines his head ever so a little bit. “Tell me, Jacques, why was once this a burning offense, this peasant woman’s refusal to swear an oath? ” Why have been part 100 Templars burned in Paris, Fournier thinks, and 4 Franciscan priests in Marseilles? yet he dares no longer voice these questions. as an alternative, he responds, “She defied the holy place of work of the Inquisition. ” “She defied you, Jacques, and it enraged you. ” The outdated guy experiences the clenched jaw and flashing eyes of his middle-aged protégé. “Cardinal Fournier, I communicate now as your non secular father. Make confession, admit to the sin of satisfaction, and do no matter what penance your confessor calls for. ” Fournier kneels, his face furious. “Yes, Your Holiness. ” “So Eckhart is lifeless. Died at the rack, i guess. ” Fournier doesn't right the supposition; doesn't admit that he has damaged one of many Inquisitor’s primary ideas: Shed no blood. in its place, he makes a express of emerging from his knees. The previous guy shakes a clawlike hand, pushing aside his personal query. “No subject. yet we must never permit our foes to exploit his dying opposed to us. ” Fournier nods. “Your Holiness is sensible, as continually. i'm going to see to it. ” Bowing once again, he turns to go away the viewers chamber, the hem of his white cassock gliding an inch above the gritty flooring, remaining—as ever—unsullied. “Jacques? ” He stops, seems to be over his shoulder. “Yes, Holiness? ” “Did Eckhart die in a country of grace? ” “Yes, Holy Father. on the end—the very end—he confessed his sins, renounced his inaccurate teachings, and prayed for forgiveness. It was once inspiring to determine him kept. ” The papal head nods, or even it easily dodders. both means, Fournier chooses to interpret the gesture as a benediction, and he leaves sooner than the pontiff can name him again. Descending the slender staircase to the cells the place prisoners are chained, the cardinal replays the scene once again in his brain. just a couple of hours have handed, yet already he has visible the scene 100 instances, precisely as he sees it back now: Eckhart isn't any longer healthy for the rack—his legs and arms too badly broken via months of torture. regardless of noticeable discomfort, the fellow has refused to yield; has remained stubbornly, damnably unrepentant. “Perhaps my ideas are mistaken,” he groans, “but my middle is natural. My middle loves God thoroughly. i will not be a heretic. ” “Are you so ideal? ” Fournier calls for. “Unblemished? The very lamb of God? So be it. ” He sends the jailer to summon a wood worker, and he orders the startled chippie to style a wood pass within the telephone, and to fetch rope, spikes, and a hammer.