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According to Luke by Rosanne Dingli

According to Luke by Rosanne DingliAccording to Luke, by Rosanne Dingli. Bewrite Books, 2011. 366 pages.

Shattered by the breakdown of yet another romance, Jana Hayes becomes a recluse in her tiny Venice apartment and buries herself in her work as an expert art conservator … until an ancient religious icon brings Roman Catholic priest Rob Anderson into her life.

The secret they discover hidden in the mysterious artifact turns out to be not only devastating, but deadly.  And it has the star-crossed couple running for their lives across Europe and the Middle East, pursued by three ruthless opposing factions, each for its own reason determined to torture and kill to lay hands on the world-shaking evidence uncovered.

While Rob struggles with his priestly vows and Jana with an overbearing billionaire mother who holds the purse strings to an outrageous ransom demand, they discover, with the help of an ageing genius symbologist, more and more damning revelations about one of the New Testament’s most sacred gospel writers – and as the evidence mounts, the stakes rise and the blood flows.

According to Luke is a thrilling romantic novel of secrecy, symbols, faith, and forbidden love. It takes the reader on a quest for an ancient truth so powerful it disturbs the Catholic Church: a truth so explosive it attracts violent separatists and demands a ransom of millions. Follow a chase that charges from Venice to Malta, and then to Ravenna: a chase that escalates to disaster in Damascus, until a solution is found in the Victorian countryside in Australia.

About the Author

Rosanne Dingli is an award-winning Western Australian novelist, author of Death in Malta, According to Luke, six collections of short stories and a book of collected poems.

Born in Malta, Rosanne received her education and her most significant youthful experiences on that Mediterranean island. She was there when Malta became independent from Britain in 1964, and witnessed the country’s introduction to republic status in 1971. Speaking three languages fluently from childhood, the cocktail of cultures of her early life became inseparable from how she understood the world.

Emigrating to Australia in 1982 confounded a number of long-held presumptions about culture, freedom, what it means to be a woman, and the whole business of becoming an author.  Her first published piece, in 1985, set her on a one-way journey towards life as a writer, which she has tried several times to give up, without success.

Her first novel, Death in Malta, was written quickly, but took years to edit to its present form. According to Luke was a labour of intensity, love and discovery.

See all Rosanne Dingli’s books – and much more – on her WEBSITE

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  1. The exhibition launch for According to Luke went really well – artist Robyn Varpins created 34 reverential yet mysterious artworks taken from the narrative, which attracted many visitors. They listened to readings, asked questions, enjoyed the artworks and cups of tea or champagne, and bought autographed books and paintings or sculptures. It was exhausting but tremendous fun. Three book club people approached me, and this thriller will now be read by three local book clubs – and they all want me to go and chat with them. That’s great in anyone’s book.

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    I love having According to Luke featured on BookClubBuddy.

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