The Seville Communion

The Seville Communion

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Houghton
From the “master of the intellectual thriller,” (Denver Post)-the author of The Flanders Panel and The Club Dumas-comes “an indelible tale of love, faith, and greed” (People) involving a crumbling baroque church, a mysterious computer hacker, a worldly Vatican sleuth, and murder. Map. Translated by Sonia Soto.


Baker & Taylor
An emissary from the Vatican investigates the foul play surrounding the pending demolition of a crumbling church in the heart of old Seville, in a sophisticated thriller by the author of The Club Dumas. 75,000 first printing.

Harcourt Publishing
From the “master of the intellectual thriller,” (Denver Post)-the author of The Flanders Panel and The Club Dumas-comes “an indelible tale of love, faith, and greed” (People) involving a crumbling baroque church, a mysterious computer hacker, a worldly Vatican sleuth, and murder. Map. Translated by Sonia Soto.


Blackwell North Amer
A hacker cracks Vatican security and sends an urgent plea directly to the Pope: Save Our Lady of the Tears. The crumbling Baroque church, located in the heart of Seville, is slated for demolition, and two of its defenders have recently died. Accidents - or murders? The Vatican promptly dispatches Father Lorenzo Quart, their worldly and enormously attractive emissary, to investigate the situation and track down the hacker, known to the Vatican only as Vespers.
Father Quart's search for Vespers leads him to Father Priamo Ferro, the coarse and zealous parish priest, who has the full devotion of his small flock; Sister Gris Marsala, a former nun from California who is determined to restore the church; Pencho Gavira, the ambitious young vice-chairman of the Cartujano Bank; his estranged wife, Macarena, a perfect Andalusian beauty whose aristocratic family is closely linked to the church's history; Macarena's mother, the Duchess of El Nuevo Extremo, an elegant insomniac with a taste for Coca-Cola; and Honorato Bonafe, a tabloid reporter bent on getting the dirt on everyone.
Father Quart is slowly seduced by the splendor of Seville - and the beauty of Macarena. As time runs out on the church, he is caught between powerful developers who have a stake in Our Lady of the Tears and his loyalty to the Vatican and his own vows.

Baker
& Taylor

When the Pope receives an anonymous plea to save a church slated for demolition, the Vatican sends Father Lorenzo Quart to investigate a diverse collection of people fighting to save the building

Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace & Co., c1998
ISBN: 9780151002832
0151002835
Branch Call Number: F PER
Characteristics: 375 p. : ill., 1 map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Soto, Sonia

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JaneRumbaugh
Jan 21, 2015

This was a book club selection; I don't think I would have ever chosen it to read by myself. It is a translation which I usually find a bit hazy in places due to some words and nuances just not able to be translated. The story takes places in Seville with a Catholic priest being the main protagonist. I found it somewhat too Catholic for my taste. An interesting twist at the end!

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

A computer hacker gains access to the Pope's private network inside the Vatican and threatens violence over the closure of a small village church in Seville. High level intrigue and political scheming -- a riveting read.

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JackieFC13
Jan 27, 2014

This was really interesting and had some wonderful twists and turns. The only thing that I had trouble with was the Spanish. The names, the streets and places are in spanish since it takes place in Seville, and my spanish is terrible. This normally wouldn't be a problem only that he is a very descritive writers. So this is really a mix between 3.5 and 4.

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