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Daughter of God
Perdue, Lewis.
Personal Author:
lst edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, [2000]

Physical Description:
320 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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Booklist Review

Former investigative reporter Perdue spent years tracing missing art all over Europe. The value of that experience is made clear in this edge-of-your-seat thriller about Sophia, a female Messiah born three centuries after Christ. Sophia's very existence, her healing miracles, and the fact that she was attracting a serious following, added up to a major threat to religious dogma treating women as strictly inferior beings. The threat ended with her execution--or so Church authorities thought--and her existence remained a well-kept Vatican secret until Hitler's art looters stumbled on it. Fast forward to the present. Zoe Ridgeway, art expert and broker is in Switzerland to handle an amazing collection for a dying German. The German's death is speeded up by outside forces including Russian gangsters, American agents, and a Cardinal-who-would-be-Pope, all of whom seek the proof of Sophia's existence. Zoe is kidnapped by the Russians and almost murdered before matters reach a surprising finale. Perdue makes superb use of apocalyptic themes in what is an outstanding thriller on every level. This one will cause a lot of sleepless nights. --Budd Arthur

Publisher's Weekly Review

The Nazi plunder of Europe's art and antiquities during WWII sets the stage for a thriller spun around a religious coverup so devastating it could topple the Vatican and crush Western religion. A dying, repentant Nazi, Willi Max, calls renowned American art broker/historian Zoe Ridgeway, to Switzerland, where he reveals his cache of looted treasure, hiring her to catalogue and return it to the owners or heirs. Shortly after she tells her husband, Seth--an ex-L.A. cop turned comparative religion professor at UCLA--about the exciting job, she is kidnapped from their Zurich hotel room. The dismissive Swiss police do little to search for Zoe, so Seth takes charge when he reads that Willi Max died when a fire demolished his mansion just hours after Zoe met with him. Seth discovers that the destroyed treasures are only a fraction of the spoils stashed in a booby-trapped salt mine since WWII. One religious relic's very existence was kept secret by the Vatican for centuries: it's a burial shroud clearly showing the image of a young girl, a second messiah. This "daughter of God" was killed, along with her entire village, in the time of Constantine, because her sex and her healing powers threatened the fledgling Christian religion. When the Nazis found out about the shroud, Hitler used the relic to blackmail Pope Pius into silence about Nazi atrocities. Seth has sole access to the salt mine and soon the head of Vatican intelligence, the Russian mafiya and other sinister agents give murderous chase. Perdue's speedy tale of greed and power boasts strong heroes and villains with credible motivation. He steps nimbly between Switzerland and L.A., putting Zoe in peril, but with the wits to save herself. A valiant cadre of aging war survivors add color to the cast. Agent, Natasha Kem. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved