The Vatican Connection: The True Story of a Billion-Dollar Conspiracy Between the Catholic Church and the Mafia

Written by:
Richard Hammer
Narrated by:
Stephen Bowlby

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2023
11 hours 45 minutes
With a round, open face and a penchant for tall tales, Matteo de Lorenzo resembled everyone's kindly uncle. But Uncle Marty, as he was known throughout the Genovese crime family, was one of the New York mob's top earners throughout the 1960s and '70s, the mastermind of a billion-dollar trade in stolen and counterfeit securities.

In the spring of 1972, de Lorenzo and his business partner, Vincent Rizzo, traveled to Europe to discuss a plan to launder millions of dollars' worth of phony securities. Shockingly, the plot involved Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, the scandal-plagued president of the Vatican Bank. Unbeknownst to de Lorenzo and Rizzo, however, the NYPD was already on the case-thanks to the work of Det. Joseph Coffey.

Coffey, the New York policeman who investigated the Lufthansa heist and took the Son of Sam's confession, learned of the scheme in a wiretap related to the attempted mob takeover of the Playboy Club in Manhattan. He worked tirelessly to trace the fraudulent stocks and bonds around the world and deep into the corridors of power in Washington, DC, and Rome.

Meticulously researched and relentlessly gripping, The Vatican Connection is a true story of corruption and deceit.
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