Book One in the Jesuit Thriller series
Father Marco Venetti is not a defrocked FBI agent with a score to settle, nor an ex-Navy Seal battling an alcohol problem. He is a Jesuit priest from Monterosso al Mare, shepherding over a quiet parish overlooking the Ligurian Sea. His biggest concerns—until the evening Concetta shows up in his confessional—are the recent poor play of his beloved Red and Blacks and the way he 'stared at her creamy olive skin, done to perfection by the Mediterranean sun.' Concetta is a fisherman with empty nets and a conscience brimming over with guilt, who reveals she is involved in a plot to assassinate the pope and attack Vatican City. Marco urges her to go to the police, but her daughter is being held captive and she is unwilling; the seal of the confessional binds Marco and he is unable. Seeing no other way to stop the attack on Pope John Paul III, the first black pope in over two millennia, Marco steals aboard her fishing trawler toting his only weapon, a well-used spear gun. He kills the terrorists and rescues Concetta's daughter, but the violence—and Marco's sins—is only beginning.
The Lazarus Manuscript
When forty-something Jack Hanley takes a leave from his medical practice to earn a master's degree in public health, he has no idea that his decision will lead to the murder of a United States Senator, Jack's college roommate, Henry Grayson, and spawn numerous attempts on his own life. He doesn't realize that his thesis, a complete revision of the healthcare delivery system, is the motive. Only two other people have seen the manuscript: Grayson, and the now missing Dr. Edward Collins, Jack's advisor at Georgetown. The FBI thinks Jack is behind the murder, swelling the ranks of the people pursuing him. Only Molly Anderson, a friend of Henry's from law school, is on his side. Too stubborn for his own good, Jack will risk everything, even his growing feelings for Molly, to uncover the conspiracy behind Grayson's murder.
The Lazarus Manuscript considers the national healthcare crisis in the context of a fast-paced suspense novel. Few themes have as much relevance—and garner as much interest—as the impending failure of a healthcare system "collapsing under its own weight." More than just another thriller, The Lazarus Manuscript is an insightful look into the shortcomings of modern American medicine, as well as the ineffectual political establishment unable to improve upon it.