(From the publisher):
In present-day Pennysylvania, a severed hand turns up in a safe-deposit box that has not been opened in more than 50 years. The note on the wrapping, written in old Church Slavonic, says it is the right hand of Rasputin, the legendary monk who has been dead since 1916. Yet the hand is perfectly preserved and blood still drips from the wound! Alternately called a man of God, a charlatan, and a drunken womanizer, thius lasting legend is again wreaking havac.
The faithful believe that incorruptible remains--relics--have the power to cure. Yet those who come into contact with hand begin to die; a bizarre series of deaths that puts the acting chief of police of a small town in a race against time. As Victor Rhostok investigates, he is pulled into a web of Russian mysticism and superstition.
In his search, Rhostok encounters Nicole Danilovitch, a young widow. As he looks for answers in the no-man's land where science confronts religion, she seeks redemption for her sins at the hands of a priest who may be a false prophet. And in her past hides the key to the mystery.
Original title: The Rasputin Relic
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery