In Munich, writer Benjamin Stern entered his flat to find a
man leafing through his research, and said, “Who the hell are you?” In answer,
the man shot him.
In Venice, art restorer Gabriel Allon applied a dab of paint
carefully to the Bellini, then saw the boy approaching with a piece of paper in
his hand. With a sigh, the Mossad agent began to pack his brushes.
In Vatican City, the pope known as Paul VII paced in his
garden, thinking about the things he knew and the enemies he would make. In the
weeks to come, the journeys of all these men will come together, dominated by
intrigue and stalked by death, in the shadow of the Confessor.
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