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He raised the chalice, they prayed and they sang. He was dead the moment he drank the blood.
A crowd gathers for a funeral at a downtown New York church. As Father Flores smiles down on his congregation and drinks from the chalice of Christ's blood, he falls down dead. But who would murder a priest?
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is convinced there is more to Flores than meets the eye. When an autopsy reveals old combat wounds, and someone begins to destroy every last remaining links to Flores' old life, Eve knows she is facing an act of revenge which knows no boundaries . . .
'Curious corpses, tangled twists and one sizzling sleuth. Salvation in Death is a triple-whammy winner' Kathy Reichs
Book Twenty-Seven in the New York Times number one bestselling series
Holy communion spells death for Fr. Miguel Flores, a popular Catholic priest in New York City's Spanish Harlem, after he swallows wine laced with cyanide during a funeral in bestseller Robb's unusually introspective 27th crime thriller to feature Lt. Eve Dallas (after Strangers in Death). The ensuing homicide investigation suggests that Flores could actually be Lino Martinez, a former member of a disbanded gang, the Soldados, suspected of two bombings before he disappeared. The death by cyanide of another religious figure, Jimmy Jay Jenkins, founder of the Church of Eternal Light, complicates matters. Are the two murders connected? Sussing out the answer to that question involves some serious digging. Dallas's husband, Roarke, and fun sidekick, Det. Delia Peabody, lend support. Robb offers a multilayered solution to several crimes that serves as yet another reminder that wolves sometimes hide in sheep's (or priest's) clothing, but justice, like faith, has no expiration date.