The Road to Gandolfo Author:Robert Ludlum Originally published in 1975 under a pseudonym - the author's preface tells why - The Road to Gandolfo introduces you to a wickedly funny Robert Ludlum that you've never met before. — Sam Devereaux, a likable young US Army officer, finds himself the reluctant ally of a distrungled ex-general who decides to enter the world of crime on a grand scal... more »e. The caper: to kidnap the beloved Pope Francesco I and demand ransom of one dollar from every Catholic in the world - a grand total of $400 million! Everything seems to go smoothly. With the help of the general's four beautiful ex-wives, the Pope is whisked off to Switzerland and his look-alike cousin substituted on the papal throne.
But when the Vatican high command decides it likes the ersatz Il Papa better than the original - and a weary Francesco decides he prefers the ambience of the Alps to the pressures of pontifical office... well, what's a crook to do? As usual, Ludlum keeps us guessing right to the end - in a superb thriller that has an added bonus of near-convulsive laughter.« less