By James R. Benn
Will Billy chance every thing to avoid wasting his female friend, a British secret agent, even in all likelihood getting the Vatican enthusiastic about the war?
When an American monsignor with high-level political contacts is located murdered on the foot of Death's Door, one of many 5 entrances to Saint Peter's Basilica, Lieutenant Billy Boyle is wear the case. to unravel this homicide, Boyle first needs to be smuggled into Rome, whereas averting the Gestapo and Allied bombs. Then he needs to navigate Vatican politics and personalities—some are pro-Allied, others pro-Nazi, and the remaining steadfastly neutral—further advanced by way of the Vatican's tenuous prestige as impartial territory in German-occupied Rome.
But Boyle's able to danger all of it due to one easy truth: Diane Seaton, his lover and a British undercover agent, has long past lacking whereas undercover within the Vatican. After he discovers that she's being held within the notorious Regina Coeli legal, only a brief stroll from the Vatican border, Boyle needs to make a decision no matter if he dares test a rescue, even supposing a failed attempt might alert the Germans to his project and possibility an open violation of Vatican neutrality.