The brothers in Allan Folsom's new thriller-diller are a whole new ball game. And the games being played in Day of Confession (6 hours) are deadly indeed. Harry Addison, a hot-shot Hollywood entertainment lawyer and his brother Danny, now a priest working in the Vatican, have been estranged for many years. Suddenly, there's flurry of communication all bad. First, there's a massage from Danny, scared, uncertain, unlike him, then there's a call saying that Danny has been killed in a bus explosion. When Harry reaches Rome, he discovers that the body he's supposed to bring home is not his brother's and that Danny is the suspected murderer of the Cardinal Vicar of Rome. Ignoring the not-too-subtle advice to get out while the getting is good, Harry decides to find his brother and instead finds a Byzantine plot to take over the world, masterminded by a Vatican big shot who is willing and able to do almost anything to make it work and to wipe out anyone who gets in the way. Joe Mantegna, a favorite audio performer, strays from his usual reading style to include a range of accents for individual characters, and it works effectively for him and for his audience.

Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.

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