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The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed The Bishop? by Francisco Goldman
In April 1998, Guatemalan Bishop Juan Gerardi was murdered just days after publishing a report identifying the country's military as being responsible for the murder of most of the country's citizens killed during its long civil war. Most of those killed were poor, indigenous people. Gerardi was warned that his life may be in danger, but he thought his role with the Church in a predominantly Catholic country would protect him. With The Art of Political Murder, Francisco Goldman uncovers not just the murder, but the cover-up that followed and the dogged investigation to ferret out the truth. The investigation uncovered threats and intimidation, horrific human rights abuses, and a culture of fear, innuendo, rumors, and disinformation. The Art of Political Murder has received positive reviews with the Washington Post saying, "Goldman's book is both a horrifying exposé and a triumphant tale of justice belatedly served in a country where the concept had lost all meaning, of institutional evil unmasked in a place where it had long operated behind a thousand disguises, of plodding police work and personal courage overcoming a culture of impunity and fear."