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The International Bestseller, Available in 17 Languages, 23 Countries.

Soon to be a Major Motion Picture from 20th Century Fox


" An absolute stroke of genius. Richard Doetsch is undoubtedly one of the best thriller writers of all time! "





"Devilishly fun and enjoyable--more than that, a thriller rich with inspiration, passion, cleverness, and intelligence told by a superbly gifted writer. A highly ambitious novel, and one that delivers on every count."

                   --Brian Haig The President's Assassin

"At the heart of this spectacular thriller is a classic love story. Michael St. Pierre will literally move heaven and earth to save the woman he loves."

                   --Stephen Frey, the New York Times Bestselling author of The Chairman

"  enjoyable and suspenseful read."

                   --Publishers Weekly


The most closely Guarded treasure on Earth.

An explosive ancient secret.

A breakneck journey into the heart of the Vatican.

In a small, heavily fortified room just north of the Sistine Chapel, a master thief is about to strike. All he needs is an instant-to steal the most important treasure in the Vatican museum: two antique keys-one gold, one silver-that protect the secret of salvation..

But a surprise awaits Michael St. Pierre deep inside the Vatican, an ancient secret so explosive, it sends him running for his life?from the streets of Rome to a small stone church in Israel?with two stolen keys and a terrible realization: the consequences of his desperate, brazen act are far greater than he could ever have imagined.

For the treasure he has uncovered?the gleaming prize buried within the most clandestine structure on earth?is about to bring him face-to-face with an enemy more shocking, frightening, and insidious than anyone can guess....

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The Thieves of Heaven is the story of Michael St. Pierre and his race to steal two keys from the Vatican in order to save the life of his dying wife. Swept from New York City to Rome to Jerusalem to Berlin, Michael is drawn deeper and deeper into a world of deadly deception where the consequences of his thieving actions are far worse than the loss of a single life.

At the heart of the story though, underneath the suspense and mystery, is how far a man will go to save the life of the woman he loves.

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