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I picked the ARC up on a whim because I was looking for something out of the ordinary to read. Theological fiction is also a genre I love. The title and cover intrigued me, as did the idea of the Passion as a police procedural. I was heading away on a short sabbatical, intending to work on my own writing. Instead, I spent almost the entire three days reading The Apostle Killer, underlining many of Beard's wonderful phrases and ideas, envious I hadn't come up with this myself. The book is brilliant; I would love to use it for a book study at the church I attend. Beard's writing is clear, crisp, and deep; the plot is just intricate enough without being a messy knot--Beard leads the reader nicely through to an apt ending, with well-drawn characters you care about, especially Gallio. It reminds me of a combination of Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita and Moore's Lamb. Another one I can't wait to put into customers' hands.— Christine H.