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The epic story of a holy relic, an innocent girl, a diabolical experiment that threatens to rip society asunder. “The Sudarium Trilogy” is a thriller for our times.


THE SON picks up the story of THE SURROGATE twenty years later. The agency for surrogate mothers has been exposed as the front of a ruthless cult, bent on engineering the Second Coming. Hannah Manning, having given birth to the child, has chosen to keep him as her own and has fled the country.

In Mexico, where she and her husband, a former priest, finally settle, she has succeeded in bringing up the child in anonymity. But she can’t protect him from a deadly mudslide in the Sierra Gorda mountains, where a miraculous occurrence inadvertently exposes him to the world, even as it reveals the strange circumstances of his birth.

Confused, but resolute, the youth resolves to get to the truth of his origins and undertakes a perilous search that pits him against a mysterious female photographer, a bed-ridden zealot in the grip of demonical visions and arrogant church authorities, not to mention the halt and the lame who believe he has healing powers. A compelling novel of a young man coming of age in a world of hype and superstition, THE SON asks the eternal question, “Who am I?”

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“A labyrinth of adventures that exposes the fanaticism that exists in Spain, as well as in the United States.” – EL COMMERCIO (SPAIN)

“After triumphing with “The Surrogate,” the authors have returned with the second part of their successful thriller, ‘The Son.’” – LA VOZ DE ASTURIAS (SPAIN)


LEONARD FOGLIA is a theater and opera director as well as librettist. His work has been seen on Broadway, across the country as well as internationally. His theater credits include the original Broadway productions of MASTER CLASS (with Zoe Caldwell, Patti LuPone, Dixie Carter and Faye Dunaway), THURGOOD (with Laurence Fishburne) and THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE (with Donna Murphy) as well as the revivals of WAIT UNTIL DARK (with Quentin Tarantino and Marisa Tomei) and ON GOLDEN POND (with James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams). Off Broadway as well as on tour he directed Anna Deavere Smith’s LET ME DOWN EASY. His opera credits include the premiers of three operas by Jake Heggie – MOBY DICK, THREE DECEMBERS and THE END OF THE AFFAIR. His production of Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING has been seen across the country.

As a librettist his opera CRUZAR LA CARA DE LA LUNA (To Cross the Face of the Moon) had it’s premier at Houston Grand Opera in 2010 and was performed at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in the fall of 2011.

DAVID RICHARDS, for more than thirty years, was theater critic for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Washington Star. His articles have appeared in numerous publications in the United States. He is the author of PLAYED OUT: THE JEAN SEBERG STORY, a biography of the controversial American actress who vaulted to fame in France before committing suicide in 1979. Richards, who was born in Lexington, Massachusetts, holds Master’s degrees in French and Theater. He recently completed a third Masters degree at the University of Queretaro in Mexico, writing on the Mexican painter and caricaturist, Miguel Covarrubias. Richards lived in France and the Ivory Coast, where he taught English to African students as one of the first volunteers in the Peace Corps.

Foglia and Richards have written five books together: