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City of Secrets: The Truth Behind the Murders at the Vatican

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On the heels of one of the greatest public scandals to rock the Catholic Church comes an explosive exposé of murder and corruption in the highest reaches of the Vatican, the oldest and most secretive autocracy in the world.

On the night of Monday, May 4, 1998, in Vatican territory, the bodies of the commander of the Swiss Guard, his wife, and a young lance corporal were fou
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 7th 2003 by William Morrow
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Gerald Sinstadt
A young man from a broken family background (doting mother, wastrel father, violent stepfather) joins the army, is bullied by a commanding officer who cruelly denies him a warranted medal. The young man then kills the officer and the officer's wife before turning his gun on himself.

In a compassionate society there would have been public outrage and demands for an enquiry. But not in the case of Lance Corporal Cédric Tornay. Because this army was the Swiss Guard, the Pope's private defence force
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Eva
Definitely an interesting read. Obviously the Vatican is a very secretive place, but this book might blow your mind a little about the lengths that they will actually go to to protect their way of life. Not the most amazingly written book I've ever read but it definitely fit the bill for an interesting and quick read.
Ed
Scandalous triple murder-suicide rocks Vatican. What really happened?
I liked the way this book made me feel as if I were there, walking in the streets and hallways of the tiny Vatican nation.The information on the Swiss Guard was also interesting.
Marianne Meyers
Weak. This could have been a page turner but instead is very tepid and all over the place.
Chris
Not bad, but it just seems to be related rumors more than anything else.
S.H. Villa
Well, if the Vatican had any secrets, they still have them, because they ain’t in this book. Poor management, yes, bullying in the Guards, and homosexuality, possibly.

Some time ago I did some research on Opus Dei to use in one of my Spanish crime series. I was surprised to see Opus Dei mentioned in connection with a book published in 2003 which I hadn’t come across, so I bought it and read it.

I began to suspect about 2/3rds through that Follain wouldn’t find out anything which could be described
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Jeff
An interesting, well-researched look at the 1998 Vatican homicide/suicide. You feel like you know the answer to your questions in the first third of the book, but the author manages to pique your interest in reading further. As usual, the Vatican cannot be trusted to police or even protect itself.
Jim
I read this book a number of years ago. It, among other works, led to my reconsidering my connection to Catholicism. Any human institution is subject to human failings. This is the story of one such failure.
James
What really happened on the night three people were shot dead at the Swiss Guards' barracks in the Vatican City? This is what journalist John Follain set out to discover. Finding the answer proved harder than he might have expected.

On the evening of May 4 1998, gunshots rang out in the apartment of Alois Estermann, the newly-appointed commander of the Swiss Guards. Inside, Estermann, his Venezuelan wife and a young guardsman named Cedric Tornay were found dead. Within hours, a statement from th
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Guadalupe Chulin
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