The Sacred Imposter
Lankford’s third thriller in her Jesus Thief series finds former housekeeper Maggie Johnson mourning the death of her son, Jess—who was cloned from DNA taken from the Shroud of Turin—as she prepares to marry Sam Duffy, the man she loves, and the man who raped her while he was suffering from postcoma amnesia. Meanwhile, her rival for Sam’s love, Coral Anders, is drawn into the schemes of the dangerous Luis Moctezuma. And when rumors about another sacred clone surface, Moctezuma’s plans soon include kidnapping. This novel is a heady blend of diverse cultures, religions, and human passions. Despite some awkward dialogue, the story is engaging, and the characters well drawn.