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Friday, June 30, 2017

Spotlight on the Book of Judas by Linda Stasi

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Bestseller Linda Stasi with second Alessandra Russo Thriller

Stasi reveals the true story of Judas Iscariot, most beloved disciple of Jesus
NEW YORK, NEW YORK It all started when Linda Stasi noticed an old novel, I, Judas by Taylor Caldwell, on the bookshelf in her home. She hadn’t bought it, neither had anyone else in her family, and she certainly hadn’t placed it there. In fact, she’d never even seen it before, but nonetheless this 1977 tale about the imagined life of Judas Iscariot had somehow

mysteriously appeared. Then, three days later, while on a getaway weekend in Princeton with her daughter, she was shocked to see—right on the front display table in the Labyrinth Bookstore—another book about Judas. This one was about a recently re-discovered 2,000-year-old missing Gospel of Judas. Intrigued by the bizarre coincidence, she bought it—of course. But she sure wasn’t prepared for what she herself discovered within those pages.

The Judas codex, she learned, which had been found in a cave in Egypt four decades earlier, then lost on the European and Middle Eastern blackmarkets for years, had been found again—rotting in a Citibank box deposit box in Hicksville Long Island. Not only was that the very town where she’d grown up, but the codex had been hidden in the SAME Citibank branch where she’d had her first-ever account. What were the chances? A million to one? A billion to one? There were even rumors out there that some of the pages of Judas’s Gospel were missing.

The fix was in. Another Alessandra Russo mystery began—one that had to be solved.

From hard-hitting New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi comes Book of Judas, a riveting religious thriller featuring beloved protagonist Alessandra Russo.

New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille says, “It will take your breath away.”

New York Times bestselling author, Lisa Scottoline says: Linda Stasi is a modern-day Damon Runyon, and her heroine, reporter Alessandra Russo, is a veritable force of nature, by turns witty, gutsy, and as a mother, surprisingly tender. You won't be able to put down Book of Judas, and you'll root for Russo through this gritty, breakneck thriller against a vivid backdrop worth of The Da Vinci Code.   237 Old Hickory Blvd., Suite 201  Nashville, TN 37221

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New York City reporter Alessandra Russo is pulled into yet another intrigue; this time her friend Roy inherits a strange religious manuscript, tightly protected in a mysteriously locked tube. Rumors run rampant that these are missing pages from a rotted codex, the heretical Gospel of Judas, which postulated that Judas was not the betrayer, but the beloved of Jesus. Alessandra’s interest in the manuscript is truly piqued when she is faced with tragedy no mother should experience, and must track down the missing pages of the Gospel to set things right.

Do the lost pages reveal a secret that will challenge Christianity's very belief about the creation of life, or even the power to unleash Armageddon? What if such explosive documents fell into the hands of modern-day terrorists, dictators, or religious fanatics? Can Alessandra crack the code and learn what the Gospel of Judas is truly saying to the faithful?

During her investigation, Alessandra is plunged into a dark world of murder, conspiracy, sexual depravity, and most importantly, a race against the clock to save her own child.

LINDA STASI, the popular and well-read columnist for the New York Daily News, and previously for the New York Post, has also been an on-camera TV co-host with Mark Simone for the past 18 years on NY 1 - Spectrum’s “What a Week!”

She was named “One of the Fifty Most Powerful Women in NYC” and has won numerous awards. She is a two-time winner of Best Column by the Newswomen’s Club of NY, Best Humor Columnist, and named Woman of the Year by the Boys Town of Italy for her charitable work such as driving a tractor-trailer in an 18-truck convoy from NYC to the
gulf states with hurricane relief supplies.

Stasi has appeared on TV talk shows and news channels such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, Hardball, Good Day New York, The O’Reilly Factor, and The View, as well as CNN, Fox News, MSNBC news shows, and many others. She has appeared several times on
“Coast to Coast” with George Noory and is a regular guest on I Radio’s nationally broadcast Mark Simone Show, and countless others around the country.
Brash, funny and opinionated, the acerbic Stasi’s first novel, The Sixth Station, published in January of 2013 by Forge Books was hailed as, “A helluva religious thriller,” by Nelson DeMille, while Steve Berry said, “You’ll be grabbing the pages so tight your knuckles will turn white!” Booklist said of the book, “Dan Brown and Steve Berry fans have another controversial novel in which to lose themselves.” For The Sixth Station, Stasi was selected as a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award.   237 Old Hickory Blvd., Suite 201  Nashville, TN 37221

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Stasi has also authored five non-fiction books – Looking Good Is the Best Revenge, A Field Guide to Impossible Men, Simply Beautiful, Boomer Babes, and Scotto Sunday Suppers.

Not afraid to say what’s on her mind in her popular Wednesdays and full-page Sunday columns in the New York Daily News, which has a print readership of more than 650,000 on Sundays, and millions of digital readers daily.

Linda Stasi’s husband, Sid Davidoff, has been named to City & State’s100 Most Powerful,” and they were the first couple ever married by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Her daughter Jessica Rovello was named by INC Magazine as the top CEO of the Best Company to Work For in the USA, Arkadium.

Advance Praise from Bestselling Authors for Book of Judas:

An innovative masterpiece that left me gasping for air.―Sherrilyn Kenyon, New York Times bestselling author

“A stay-up-all-night page-turner.” ―Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author

“Addictive, menacing, and thrilling.”―Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

“Stunning.” ―Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author

“A dynamic, fast-moving page turner.”―William Martin, New York Times bestselling author

“Book of Judas”

Linda Stasi      September 19, 2017   Forge Books
ISBN-13: 978-0765378750

Price: $23.60 (Hardcover )

Thriller     Suspense

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