The Patriarch

by Alan Refkin



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/8/2020

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 204
ISBN : 9781532098369
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 204
ISBN : 9781532098352

About the Book

Milan’s chief prosecutor is killed when his car is pushed off a narrow mountain road, the city’s mayor is shot by an assassin on the steps of his office building, and an abbot and his librarian are killed in a monastery. This occurs days before Chief Inspector Mauro Bruno, whose father is one of the victims, comes to Milan to arrange for the funeral. Suspicious by nature and generally acknowledged within the Polizia di Stato as being the best detective in Italy, Bruno uncovers clues that lead him to believe that a man known throughout Italy as the patriarch, the head of the wealthiest and most powerful family in the country, is behind these murders. But he needs proof. He soon discovers that that the reason for these killings resides within centuries-old papers stored within the Vatican’s secret archives, to which only the pope has access. Hunted by the patriarch’s men, Bruno attempts to stay alive long enough to find out what the patriarch and the Vatican have been hiding for seven centuries, and why a multibillionaire is willing to risk everything to protect that secret.

About the Author

Alan Refkin is the author of five previous works of fiction and the coauthor of four business books on China. He received the Editor’s Choice Award for The Wild Wild East and for Piercing the Great Wall of Corporate China. The author and his wife, Kerry, live in southwest Florida. More information on the author, including his blogs, can be found at