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The Vatican Connection

The Vatican Connection It started with a hunch It uncovered a billion dollar crime And it led one honest cop too far to ever go back

  • Title: The Vatican Connection
  • Author: Richard Hammer
  • ISBN: 9780441860531
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Paperback
  • It started with a hunch It uncovered a billion dollar crime And it led one honest cop too far to ever go back.

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    1. I love Mafia books, especially true crime ones. This was the fascinating tale of Det. Joseph Coffey tireless effort to bring down the mob and the men who were laundering millions of dollars worth of phony securities. A conspiracy that stretched to D.C, Rome and the Vatican.Even though you get a TON of names and information thrown at you (which was confusing at times) I still found this to be a really enjoyable read. It's well written and well paced.4 Solid Stars from yours truly

    2. Author Richard Hammer's point, stated near his ending, is: "There are people so powerful and so highly placed that they are impervious to the law, and that society’s rules and codes do not apply to them."Henry II of England would have felt a serious deja vu, with the 1972 Catholic Church protecting its racketeering officials. Nixon's government also protected them. However, in this case, the Church felt the need to cover-up the misdeeds of the malfeasant archbishops and cardinals, instead of l [...]

    3. Gave up on it Starts out interesting and then launches into exhaustive character descriptions and backgrounds of the players. Skilled authors introduce characters while telling the story, keeping the reader interested. I'm sorry I paid for it.

    4. Mob and ,moneyBook was great from beginning to the end. Enough curves for all who like true crime's. Enjoyed it all. Read.

    5. Review originally posted at Book of BoganI received a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Originally published some 30 years ago, The Vatican Connection is the true story of a detective's long hunt for the truth in a case involving some serious Mafia figures. Not only does he have to compete with dangerous mobsters, but he has to battle against a bureaucracy which seems unwilling or unable to share his zeal for the investigation.Perhaps it is a case [...]

    6. Despite attempts to connect the Vatican to the Mafia, it appears that both institutions used the same banker at different times. Possibly, the banker used a Vatican account to launder Mafia money; but there is no convincing argument that the Vatican knew about the transactions. Otherwise, a good re-telling of the activities of bankers Roberto Calvi and Michele Sindona, even if Sindona's climatic end came after the publication of the book.

    7. Fascinating documentation of corruption in the highest circles, but left me feeling thatt nothing was resolved, nothing changed and all the hard work was a waste of time.Got vey bogged down with detail.

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