"A model of investigatory journalism and a small masterpiece of the genre."Anthony Burgess
On the eve of September 28, 1978, John Paul I died unexpectedlyapparently of a heart attackafter a reign of only 33 days. But within the Vatican there were serious disagreements about the time of death, who found the body, and the true state of the Popes health prior to his death. These arguments led to rumors of foul play and conspiracyvariously involving the KGB, the Freemasons, crooked financiers, and Vatican officials. In 1987, the Vatican invited New York Timesbestselling author John Cornwell to conduct a new, independent investigation into the true circumstances of the Popes death. In A Thief in the Night: Life and Death in the Vatican, Cornwell tells the story of his search, including a startling theory about Pope Paul Is untimely demiseand a chilling and unprecedented look inside one of the worlds oldest, most secretive institutions.
"As brilliantly written as a prize-winning mystery story."Andrew Greeley
"Brilliant . . . this marvelous and compelling investigation has a terrible ring of truth."The Times (London)