In the near present day a British and an Italian researcher are offered more money than they can refuse to travel to Jordan and investigate some manuscripts that have gone missing along with the priest who was studying them all whilst the eponymous tower – the world’s tallest building that looms over the city – is nearing completion. Chapters alternate between the present and sixteenth century Rome where another tower is being constructed – St Peter’s Basilica – and the writer of the missing manuscripts’ story unfolds. This is a brilliantly gripping, clever thriller.
Jordan, 2014. As an ambitious digitization project gathers pace in a vast building outside Amman, some unpublished writings by Giordano Bruno - flawed genius of the late Renaissance, renegade philosopher, occultist with a prodigious memory - disappear together with the Jesuit priest sent by the Vatican to study them. When the priest is found dead and a series of mysterious threats ensues, it becomes clear that stakes are high for all the parties openly or covertly involved. What dangerous ideas were contained in the stolen manuscripts? What was the ultimate secret that Bruno tried to hide from the Holy Inquisition, even as he was persecuted, imprisoned, tortured and finally burnt alive in Rome?
A huge digitization project, is underway in Amman, Jordan when some undiscovered writings by Giordano Bruno, a Renaissance philosopher, come to light. Shortly afterwards the writings vanish along with the Jesuit priest who had come to study them, and who is soon found – dead! Young academic Giulia joins forces with her colleague Peter to try to discover more about the manuscript, but when they both start receiving threats it clear that the writings held some dark secret of special interest. Why had Bruno gone to such lengths to hide his manuscript all those centuries ago, even while he was being tortured? Was it possible to uncover that secret from so long ago? Moving between the past and the present Gallenzi brilliantly combines an unexplained mystery from the Renaissance period with the latest digital technology to tell a story of intrigue and discovery. This exciting fast-paced thriller keeps us enthralled to the final page.
Publication date: 15/09/2014
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
|Publication date:||15th September 2014|
|Publisher:||Alma Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Alessandro Gallenzi is the founder of Hesperus Press, Alma Books and Oneworld Classics, and the successor of John Calder at the helm of Calder Publications. As well as being a literary publisher with almost ten years of experience, he is a prize-winning translator, a poet, a playwright and a novelist. His collection of poetry, Modern Bestiary - Ars Poetastrica, was published in 2005 to critical acclaim. He lives in Richmond with his wife and two children. Alessandro Gallenzi on Bestseller... Why should a publisher take up a pen and write a novel? Aren’t there enough writers already? Every week ...More About Alessandro Gallenzi