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Author: Robert Harris

Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 978-1784751838
Pages: 400
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Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election.

They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals.

Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

Shortlisted for the 2017 British Book Awards: Crime and Thriller Book of the Year


“Conclave is one of the best crime novels of 2016. In fact, it may be one of the best novels of 2016. There are thrills, devious plots, brilliant characters, a perfect setting and Harris’s usual skillfully rendered historical research. If you liked the Cicero trilogy, or were transfixed by The Ghost or An Officer and a Spy, you do not want to miss one line of this novel. . . . I read this book in one long day, taking time only to eat a sandwich. It is the best Robert Harris novel to date.” —Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

“A must for any lover of political fiction, Conclave offers a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of the Catholic Church’s most critical election.” —Canadian Living

“[A] triumphant Vatican showdown. . . . [T]here is only one possible word to describe Robert Harris’s new novel, and it is this: unputdownable. . . . Conclave doggedly sets out to provide readers with the fundamental satisfactions of story: of sequence, configuration and organisation.” —Ian Sansom, The Guardian

“[S]plendid. . . . Harris does not disappoint. . . . Regardless of whether you have faith in God, the Church, or neither, Conclave will keep you richly entertained.” —The Washington Post

“[O]ne of [Harris’s] most intelligent and socially relevant novels to date.” —Book Reporter

“It is a fascinating study in the difficulties that even religious leaders find in trying to the determine the right rather than the obvious thing to do.” —Daily Mail

“Another page-turner from Harris, this one rich in Catholic history and ritual.” —The Age (Australia)