Day of Confession, Allan Folsom - 05.03.07 ****
Another excellent novel from Mr Folsom, Day of Confession begins with Harry Addison, an entertanment lawyer from Los Angles receiving a voice mail message from his brother, Daniel, who is a priest in Rome at the Vatican. The message is brief, but Harry can tell his brother is terrified, even though the two have been estranged for nearly a decade. Unable to reach Danny, Harry goes on with his life until the following day when he is informed that his brother has been killed in a horrible terrorist attack in the country outside of Rome. And what begins as a simple trip to Europe to retrieve his brothers remains quickly becomes a nightmare. Followed by Italian and Vatican police, framed for the murder of a cardinal of Rome, stalked by a pschotic assassin, beaten, kidnapped, and left for dead in a sewer, the trip to Italy gets worse and worse as Harry desperately tries to solve the mystery of what really happened to his brother and how it all connects to the murders he and Danny are accused of. Despite the web of lies spun by the police, media and the Vatican itself, Harry must find the answers, for the lives of his friends and family and thousands of complete strangers depend on his ability to find the truth.
I could hardly put this book down (witnessed by the dark circles under my eyes from staying up too late last night!). Even though the whole "the Catholic church is evil and manipulative" cliche is becoming...well, cliche, (Thank you, Dan Brown!) I still enjoyed this book immensely and highly recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable read.