Prologue: 1474 a.d.
From master storyteller and bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark, here is an excerpt from her new novel "The Lost Years," in which she takes a fictional look at "what if ..."
Indeed, what if Jesus had left behind a letter written in His own hand? And what if it was hidden in the depths of the Vatican Library?
In the hushed quiet as late shadows fell over the walls of the eternal city of Rome, an elderly monk, his shoulders bent, made his silent and unobtrusive way into the Biblioteca Secreta, one of the four rooms that comprised the Vatican Library. The Library contained a total of 2,527 manuscripts written in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Some were available under strict supervision to be read by outsiders. Others were not.
Excerpt from THE LOST YEARS by Mary Higgins Clark
Copyright © 2012 by Mary Higgins Clark. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc, NY. For more on Mary and her new book The Lost Years go to SimonandSchuster.com