The Apocalypse Stone

Pete Earley

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"Judge not, lest ye be judged."
These words have rarely if ever crossed the mind of Aberlene county judge Evan Spencer. From a middle class background, he graduated law school, married into wealth, and now has his eye on a Supreme Court seat. All seemed to be going well for Judge Spencer, until he received a package from an old college friend he hadn't heard from in years containing a cryptic note and a small stone. But in trying to track down his old friend, Spencer learns of the man’s suicidal leap from the roof off a 20-story balcony.
Evan Spencer now has control of an object whose power is beyond anything he could possibly imagine—an object whose very existence has been kept under wraps by the Vatican for decades. Spencer has been given the Apocalypse Stone: the actual stone Christ used when he stated "He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone." Throughout history this stone has been passed along, inflicting its possessor with stigmatic wounds and vivid visions of their sinful life.
Enlisting the help of Reverend Angelo Grasso, a seventy-two year-old expert on the history of stigmatic cases, Spencer must uncover the secrets behind this strange stone, or watch his family, career, and possibly his life be destroyed.


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Chapter One
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
 
Patrick McPherson was looking at the ten of spades and seven of clubs, a total of seventeen in blackjack. He’d bet a thousand dollars. The dealer’s up card was the ten of hearts.
 
“I think you’ve got another face card,” McPherson told the dealer. “That’ll give you twenty. So the only way I can win is if I can draw a four.”
 
The gambler on McPherson’s right snickered. The odds were against McPherson. Chances were, if he took a third card he’d bust.

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"Pete Earley is a major talent."--Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of Liars and Thieves

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Pete Earley

Pete Earley is a former Washington Post reporter and winner of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar for Best Fact Crime Book in 1996 for Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town. His book, which also won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, helped free an innocent man from Alabama's death row. Earley's account of the John Walker spy ring, Family of Spies, was a New York Times bestseller and CBS mini-series. The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison was a national bestseller and was based on a year that Earley spent inside a maximum security federal prison as an author.

Born in Arizona, Earley was reared in Colorado and worked for newspapers in Kansas and Oklahoma before moving to the Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C., where he lives with his wife, Patti. They have seven children.

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The Apocalypse Stone
Pete Earley

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June 2007
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ISBN: 9781466838475
ISBN10: 1466838477
368 pages
$7.99
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