I needed a devout villain — two devout villains, actually — for my new crime novel, The Inquisitor's Key.
The novel is set in Avignon, France, where a series of French popes reigned for most of the 1300s. The plot includes two crimes, a medieval murder and a modern one, so I needed two killers. And because the book warns about the match-meets-gasoline perils of mixing religion with politics, both bad guys had to be fueled by a high-octane mixture of faithfulness and ruthlessness.
Want to know why the villains of The Inquisitor's Key could justly be called the doppelgangers of real men of the past and present? Continue reading this article over at the Tampa Bay Times to solve the mystery.