The Vatican is using counterfeit
money to staunch the flood of lawsuits involving pedophile cases that threaten
to bankrupt the Roman Catholic Church worldwide. World-famous couturier “Peppi”
Giuseppe Tubiano and his lover, “Father Ira” (Philip Tuma), who is director of
the Chicago archdiocese consortium of non-profit foundations, operate a global
bank trading and counterfeiting scam, using the counterfeit money to pay off
the courts. The Church performs “rituals of forgiveness” for its pedophile
priests, retiring or relocating them to distant dioceses where they are free to
continue their sexual debauchery.
Blackmail becomes the flavor of
the day when Italian police officer Angela Micele, a smoky-eyed Sophia Loren
look-like and her sexy friend, Maria Pelino, who works in the Rome USSS offices
as a translator, cook up a plot to seek revenge for Angela’s USSS boyfriend
murdered by the Mafia in a bungled attempt to bring down the Italian
counterfeiters. Agent Charles, the two women and Maria’s cousin Nicky, a
member of the Vatican Swiss Guard, pull off a series of elaborate high
tech stunts in the final scene underneath the Sistine Chapel only hours after
the new pope has been elected.
Although this is a fiction work,
it is based on factual information. It is common knowledge that the courts are
flooded with cases involving Catholic priests
practicing pedophilia and sexual abuse. Few people are aware that these cases
continue to go unprosecuted while other non-Catholic sex offenders land behind
bars with serious charges and long-term sentences. Immaculate Deception begs the question about divine
dispensation, papal politics and Catholic controlled courts.
Author Donald Tucker graduated in 1961 from the University of Iowa with a BA in Sociology/Criminology. He began his career in federal law enforcement in Chicago, Illinois, with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics as an undercover agent in some of the toughest neighborhoods in the country during one of the most challenging periods in this country’s history. Tucker later transferred to the U.S. Secret Service where he continued to set records for his prodigious undercover work while also protecting the country’s highest level of dignitaries, including the U.S. President and the Pope.
Tucker has held several high level supervisory positions in the U.S. Government, for which he has received numerous awards, including the Secretary of the Treasury Award for outstanding investigative service. In 1990 the U.S. President appointed him to the position of U.S. Marshal for the State of Arizona. In 1994, as Chief of Security for the U.S. Federal Courts in Washington, D.C., a position for which Tucker was selected after a nationwide search, he monitored the investigation of the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Court House. In 1996, Tucker returned to Arizona and opened a private investigation company, T.I.P.S., Tucker Investigation and Protection Services. Simultaneously he served as Chief of the Special Investigations unit, of the States Department of Economic Security office. In the latter position he issued a report for the Governor of Arizona to improve the unit’s operation. As an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission counselor for several government agencies, Tucker has been instrumental in developing diversity and sensitivity training for upper-level management.
One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. Looking at Cara’s bruised and battered body, she wonders who could have hated her enough to kill her at the happiest time of her life.
The case takes a darker turn that afternoon with another shocking discovery – the broken body of a second young woman, pushed from the roof of the hospital where she worked. Fiona Heffernan was also due to be married, and her body is clad in a wedding dress, a lock of her hair cut off.
The killings seem so personal that Lottie is convinced the girls have been killed by someone they knew. When she goes to break the news to Fiona’s family, she’s on the alert for anything suspicious. But then she makes a discovery that causes her blood to run cold – Fiona’s eight-year-old daughter Lily didn’t return home from her dance recital that afternoon. Terrified that Lily will be the next victim of a twisted and dangerous individual, Lottie takes the case into her own hands, risking her life when she comes face-to-face with the killer…
If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll be hooked by this heart-stopping thriller from Patricia Gibney. Broken Souls will keep you guessing until the very last page!
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On the other side of the country a man is found with a pocket knife in the side of his neck. The FBI is on the trail of a serial killer. Unknown to Kathy the serial killer strikes close to home and the FBI are now searching for their man in her backyard. Over the course of twelve days these cases overlap more and more until they intersect. Are they one case or two?
Fast paced and full of surprises you won’t put it down.
She calls herself Lady Justice. And once she has chosen a man as her target, she turns herself into a tall blonde or a curvaceous redhead, makes herself as alluring and seductive as possible to them. Once they are in her grasp, they are powerless.
The first victim is wealthy businessman Nigel McEnroy. His company’s human resources department has already paid out settlements to a couple of his young victims—but they don’t know that his crimes go far beyond workplace harassment. Lady Justice knows. And in one shocking night of brutality, she makes him pay a much steeper price.
Now Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke, are combing through the evidence of McEnroy’s secret life. His compulsive need to record his misdeeds provides them with a wide range of suspects, but the true identity of Lady Justice remains elusive. It’s a challenging case, made even more difficult by McEnroy’s widow, who reacts to the investigation with fury, denial, and threats. Meanwhile, Lady Justice’s criminal crusade is escalating rapidly, and if Eve can’t stop this vigilante, there’s no telling how much blood may be spilled...
Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du Québec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny.
It’s Gamache’s first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter.
As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father.
Increasingly hounded by the question, how would you feel..., he resumes the search.
As the rivers rise, and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And in the tumult, mistakes are made.
In the next novel in this “constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves” (New York Times Book Review), Gamache must face a horrific possibility, and a burning question.
What would you do if your child’s killer walked free?