Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Secret of the Seventh Son by Glenn Cooper

Glenn Cooper's debut novel, Secret of the Seventh Son is an unusual thriller, set in three different time periods.

In present day, New York City, nine strangers are found slain.  The homicide detectives can't find any connections among the victims or the manner of their deaths.  But each of these people received a postcard with a coffin announcing the date of their death.   A legendary FBI profiler Will Piper is burned out and just counting time until retirement but he's forced to take over the "Doomsday killer" case.    Will Piper is assigned perky, enthusiastic Nancy Lipinski.  Lipinski is a little overweight when they start on the Doomsday Killer case, but her weight fluctuates much like their success in their hunt for the killer.

While in a small town in France,  a child is born - the seventh son born on the 7th day of the 7th month of 777.   His parents are superstitious and when the child refuses to speak, he is abandoned to a monastery.   The monks discover the child's gift and keep his existence a secret for decades.  Until the child's legacy is uncovered by archeologists in the 1940s.

Winston Churchill and Harry Truman work together to keep the monk's secret from coming out.  The discovery becomes the heart of an expensive government secret project.

Will Piper, the Doomsday Killer, and the secret that has survived centuries tie together in an engrossing and complicated novel.

ISBN-10: 0061721794 - Mass Market Paperback $7.99
Publisher: Harper; Original edition (July 28, 2009), 419 pages.
Review copy courtesy of the publisher.

About the Author:
Glenn Cooper studied archaeology at Harvard before becoming a physician specializing in infectious diseases.  After a career in research he became a biotechnology chief executive officer.  He has written multiple screenplays and runs an independent film production company based in Boston.  He lives in Massachusetts in one of the oldest houses in America.  Secret of the Seventh Son is his first novel.  Learn more about him on

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