WINNER: BEST “POTBOILER” NOVEL for 2013 by CrimeFictionBook Blog:
“If you put Zandri and Dan Brown in a dark Cairo back alley, I’d put money on Zandri. He went to Cairo in the middle of the Arab Spring (against the explicit wishes of the U.S. State Department), gathered materials for the book while Tahrir Square rioted … The Shroud Key is page-turning fun for popcorn munchers.” –Ben Sobieck, CrimeFictionBook Blog
Chase Baker is a true Renaissance Man. He’s also a man who knows how to find trouble. A part-time resident of Florence, Italy, his resume reads like a modern day Da Vinci or Casanova. Writer, private investigator, tour guide, historian, treasure hunter, adventurer, and even archaeological sandhog, Chase is also a prolific lover. Unfortunately for him, his dangerous liaisons all too often make him the target of a jealous husband. Now, at the direct request of the Florence police, he finds himself on the trail of an archaeologist by the name of Dr. Andre Manion who’s gone missing from his teaching post at the American University. But having worked for the archaeologist several years ago as a sandhog on a secret but failed dig just outside the Great Pyramids in the Giza Plateau, Chase smells a renewed opportunity to uncover what just might be the most prized archaeological treasure in the world: The mortal remains of Jesus. But how will Chase Baker go about finding both the archaeologist and the Jesus Remains? With the help of Manion’s beautiful ex-wife, Chase will manage to secure an up-close and personal examination of the Shroud of Turin, not only to view the famous image of the crucified Christ, but to unlock the relic’s greatest secret which is none other than a map, or a key, detailing the precise location of Jesus’s body. A romantic, action-packed, and thrilling action/adventure from NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author, Vincent Zandri.
“Zandri has brought back that wonderful ‘quest’ story … THE SHROUD KEY is well worth every minute.” –SUSPENSE MAGAZINE
“Sensational…Masterful…Brilliant.” –New York Post“The action never wanes.” –Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinal
“Gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting.” –Harlan Coben, bestselling author of Six Years