From the Greek
legend of Cupid and Psyche to the Selkies of Scottish
folk-lore, many cultures have cautionary tales of husbands
and wives who conceal their true identities and flee when
their secret is discovered by overly curious spouses.
When a book is subtitled ''A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the
Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the
Catholic Church'' then the expectation raised is likely to be
of heaps of dirt and loads of tabloid innuendo.