Ian Caldwell’s second novel, “The Fifth Gospel”, a murder mystery set in the Vatican in 2004, took ten years to write. ...Sounds like an amusing, if predictable, romp through conspiracy-theory-ville. There is an ancient Gospel hidden in the Vatican which maybe mentions the Shroud of Turin! The finder is murdered! Dark forces are at work! All the things!
“The Fifth” comes after Caldwell’s mega-hit, “The Rule of Four”, written with his boyhood friend, Dustin Thomason. Caldwell is a Princeton grad; Thomason a Harvard grad. “The Rule’s” plot concerned, among other things, senior college students at Princeton in 1999 trying to solve a mystery that appeared in a handsome book published in Venice in 1499.
The novel was published in 2015, so it isn't new. I either didn't hear about it then, or didn't get around to mentioning it. But I just ran across this reprinted review, so here it is.
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