Island of the Assassin

Two unconditional secrecies tragically collide when a covert CIA killer develops moral scruples and shares them in confession with a priest.
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Here are some of the best things about my book that I think you'll really enjoy.

It's a cliffhanger, all right, and once you're in, you have to keep going.
The author has a sensual mind: he engages the intellect and ALL five senses.
The prose is tight like a well exercised body. No flabby verbiage but always muscular and always bull's-eye. Decathlon writing.
It's a thriller with a conscience.
The assassin, Kai Landrie, is a covert killer, mystic, yoga expert, and ultra runner except when he's making love.
If you like traveling to exotic places, ASSASSIN will take you: First Class.

A native New Yorker, Joseph Roccasalvo grew up in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. He followed his graduate degrees in Philosophy, English Literature, and Theology with a Harvard Ph.D. in Comparative Religion and a specialty in Buddhism. He has lived and taught in Boston, Bangkok and Chicago. For over ten years in New York City, he was a professor of religious studies at Fordham University´s Bronx and Lincoln Center Campuses. He was also visiting professor of Buddhism at Columbia University in New York City and Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland.

Now engaged in graduate school mentoring, he is also a fiction writer. He has published five novels: Fire in a Windless Place, Chartreuse, Portrait of a Woman, The Devil´s Interval, and The Odor of Sanctity. Two novellas, The Powers That Be and and Beyond the Pale appeared in print as Double Entendre. There followed three books of short stories: Outwards Signs, The Mansions of Limbo, and Triple Sec; then a play, Waging Waugh, and a memoir, As It Were.

in Mexico and New York, in Cambridge and the Virgin Islands, Joseph performed his rhymed version of Jesus’ life, The Gospel Limerick. He has guided students in journalism and international studies at The New School for Social Research, and has contributed essays to the New School’s newspaper in his online column, A Word to the Wise.

Island of the Assassin, a novel, is his latest work. It has been called “thrilling from start to finish” and “wholly engrossing as a challenging work of conscience and current affairs.”

All of Joseph Roccasalvo’s works are available on Amazon.

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