Review: Sanctus by Simon Toyne
HarperCollins, €14.99, hardback
The historic if entirely fictional Turkish city of Ruin is the oldest inhabited place on earth, and is dominated by an insurmountable mountainous citadel inhabited by a secretive sect of Christian monks known as the Sancti.
They are the protectors of something they call The Sacrament and they will do anything to keep the knowledge to themselves. When one of the Sancti throws himself to his death in the full glare of modern communications technology they move swiftly to preserve their secret. This is the first in a trilogy from first-time author Simon Toyne who enters Da Vinci Code territory with considerable elan, delivering a provocative and engaging yarn.