The Vatican Candidate: A Harper & Blake Mystery

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6.4 X 9.21 X 1.07 inches | 1.23 pounds

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About the Author

London-based Paul Bryers is also the author, under the pseudonym Seth Hunter, of the highly acclaimed Nathan Peake novels: a series of naval adventures set against the canvas of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Bryers won an English arts council award for Best First Novel for his political thriller Hollow Target, and his next thriller, In a Pig's Ear, was named as one of the Guardian's best six novels of the year. He has written and directed many historical dramas for television, radio, and the theatre. You can connect with him online at


Thrillingly plotted, rigorously researched, and told with sizzling energy and style.

--TP Fielden, author of the Miss Dimont and Guy Harford Mysteries

Bryers muscles up his renowned storytelling skills to deliver a smoothly written page-turner that smashingly delivers on the literary, historical, and emotional fronts. Together, Aiden Blake and researcher Hannah Harper follow a trail that leads them from secret Nazi bunkers to the mountains of Italy, racing against time to solve the mystery and prevent a deadly conspiracy from coming to fruition. What a ride!

--James R. Benn, author of Proud Sorrows and other Billy Boyle WWII mysteries

Paul Bryers' writing shines in this atmospheric, Ludlumesque thriller. The Vatican Candidate is a cinematic blend of history and intrigue that kept me on the edge of my seat into the dark hours of the night. Very much looking forward to his next books!

--Sara Ackerman, author of The Codebreaker's Secret, Radar Girls, Red Sky Over Hawaii, The Lieutenant's Nurse, and Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers

"As a storyteller, Bryers is superb."

-- "Time Out"

"An elegant and unearthly literary mystery told lyrically by Bryers, a careful stylist who selects even the simplest words with the discriminating eye of a shore walker gathering small, smooth stones washed up from the sea."

-- "The New York Times"

"Bryers brings a civil and historical tone to his New England tale of terror; think Stephen King without the hobgoblins or Masterpiece Theatre with claws . . . a complex, compelling mystery."

-- "USA Today"

"A lovely literary thriller with a real edge to it that manages to combine American history and contemporary themes with elegance and immediacy."

-- "Toronto Star"

"Bryers peers into the places of the soul where fear resides. . . . The Prayer of the Bone has the pacing and cinematic flair of Stephen King and even King's native Maine as its psycho-setting."

-- "The Philadelphia Inquirer"