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The Pope's Rhinoceros

by Lawrence Norfolk

A slow starter but by page 100 the book had me gripped as I wondered how Salvestro could possibly survive in his horrible world, unable to trust anyone - especially the Pope!

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In the days before they reached Barberino, the very worst, when Salvestro, Bernardo and Groot slept sitting up, back to back, to ward off the throat-slitters, when even the Sicilians briefly stopped knifing each other in some show of self-preservative solidarity ...

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