The Inquisitor’s Key: The Shroud of Turin and the Ultimate Game of “What if?”

(Omnivoracious is pleased to present this guest post from Jon Jefferson, the writer behind the New York Times bestselling Jefferson Bass “body farm” novels, for which Jefferson has partnered with forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass. Jefferson is a veteran journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker. His writings have been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, and Popular Science, and broadcast on National Public Radio.)



    The latest Jefferson Bass novel, The Inquisitor’s Key, features series regular Dr. Bill Brockton, but is a bit of a departure. Inside a newly discovered chamber beneath the spectacular Palace of the Popes in Avignon, Brockton’s protégé discovers a stone chest inscribed with a stunning claim: inside lie the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazareth. Brockton arrives to help prove or refute the claim, and the investigation leads inexorably to the Shroud of Turin, revered by millions as the burial cloth of Christ. The resulting uproar involves anthropologists, the Vatican, and a deadly zealot who hopes to use the bones to bring about the Second Coming. The Inquisitor's Key weaves together a rich tapestry of religion, history, art, and science. – Jeff VanderMeer, Omni contributor


Jon Jefferson on Researching the Ultimate Forensic Thriller…

For a crime novelist whose main character is a bone detective, it’s the ultimate case, the greatest game of what-if: What if an ancient skeleton were unearthed, accompanied by the claim that the bones were those of Jesus? How would the bone-sleuth—specifically, my bone sleuth, Dr. Bill Brockton—corroborate or refute the claim? What forensic techniques would he harness? And who, besides him, might be interested in the bones—interested enough to kill for them?

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I never even had any interest in the Shroud of Turin until I started reading "The Inquisitor's Key". That is what I love about this author, the reading is exciting and I am always learning! I always thought I had a grip on religion being my adoptive father is a preacher and I spent some time in a christian school and even taught Sunday school, but this new novel reveals a whole new perspective for me. So, just when I thought I'd done enough research on the subject it seems there is still more to learn! This book is an amazing way to get that new introduction on a very old topic and bring it into current times! Thank You!

Posted by: Kirsten Beasley-Osborne | Wednesday May 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Thanks for the thoughtful comment; glad to hear you found the book both entertaining and thought-provoking!

Posted by: Jon Jefferson | Thursday May 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM

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J'ai toujours pensé que j'avais une emprise sur la religion étant mon père adoptif est un prédicateur et j'ai passé quelque temps dans une école chrétienne et même enseigné l'école du dimanche, mais ce nouveau roman révèle une toute nouvelle perspective pour moi. Donc, juste quand je pensais que j'avais fait assez de recherches sur le sujet, il semble qu'il y ait encore beaucoup à apprendre! Ce livre est une façon incroyable pour obtenir cette nouvelle introduction sur un sujet très vieux et le mettre dans les temps actuels! Merci!

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