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 British 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
"As a storyteller, Bryers is superb." --Time Out Praise for Bryers's The Prayer of the Bone "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." --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." --Helen Heller, The 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." --Philadelphia Inquirer Praise for Bryer's In A Pig's Ear "Bubbling with rare charms and full of spell-binding irony, In A Pig's Ear foams away like a magic potion--potent, effervescent, intoxicating. Its heady cocktail of legends past and modern grotesques forms a rapturous tale, rich in symbolism, disturbing in humour with its essential joke lurking in the title--if nothing else, Paul Bryers proves that a silk purse can indeed be made from a sow's ear." --Times Literary Supplement "Bryers liberally garnishes this full plate with fairy tales, Jungian imagery, Nazi history and film lore, creating a provocative phantasmagoria held together by the darkly funny voice of the worldly-wise Merlin." --Publishers Weekly "Bryers takes as his model the story of Camelot, transposes it to contemporary Europe and creates a fiction as magical and absorbing as the original, told by the wizard Merlin . . . we are only lucky there is such an author to channel his voice." --Entertainment "Bryers brings both past and present to life with equal intelligence and skill . . . intelligent history mixed into a high complexity of entertainment and made riveting by a master hand." --Kirkus Reviews "Both thought-provoking and gripping, Bryers has written a well-paced work that asks questions about self, society and the force of history with all the flair of an intellectual thriller." --Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal
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