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***18,000 copies sold in France***
Satan’s Autopsy is a gripping thriller that seeks to answer questions about the excavation of an unusual skeleton—and the origins of mankind.
The story opens in the mid-seventeenth century in the Vatican, as a convention of cardinals elects Umberto Donatelli pope. Even as he accepts the position, Donatelli is haunted by his knowledge—and fear—of a strange discovery that could alter his destiny.
The inhabitants of Lansec, a small village in the south of France, have been terrorized by a strange creature wandering their streets attacking and killing their livestock. Their priest suggested that they could remedy the situation by building a new church. During the first stages of excavation, however, an unusually large skeleton was found in a tomb. Deeply unsettled, and fearing something he does not yet understand, Donatelli leaves for Provence. At the tomb, Donatelli meets Zénon de Mongaillac, a young doctor who believes more in science than ancestral curses. They are guided into the unknown by a hermit—the beautiful Agnes—who is suspected of witchcraft by the villagers. The three of them must confront a truth more terrible than they could have imagined, a truth upon which their lives, and the future of the papacy, depends. Could the skeleton, the bones, be the remains of Satan?
In this suspenseful first novel, Luis de la Higuera pays tribute to those people, known or unknown, who have tried to understand the origins of humanity.
Luis de La Higuera :
Luis de la Higuera is a writer for film and television in France. Satan’s Autopsy is his first novel.