Binding is hardcover. Pages are tight and clean. No structural damage to binding or hinges. There is light shelfwear and rubbing to the boards. Library discard with usual attachments and marks. DJ protected with mylar and not clipped. Pocket removed. Stated First Edition. 453 pages. HardCover Binding. Year: 1978. ISBN: 0689109059. A rich turmoil of Vatican intricacy, global terror, and the astonishing bonds between human beings, this is a novel of faith, doubt, love, fear-and the unexpected gift of hope.