Heard the author, Piers Paul Read, interviewed yesterday on a talk radio show as I was out running errands. The book sounds good, and is available from Ignatius Press. There is also a website for The Death of a Pope.
And here's the review that will make me want to read it:
If you love the Catholic Church, you will probably love this book whether or not you love a good story. If you love a good story, you will probably love this book whether or not you love the Catholic Church. But if you love both the Church and a good story, you will certainly love this book.
-- Peter Kreeft, author, Because God is Real
Anyone read any of his other stuff?
Edited to add: I finally figured out what I had read that he had written! Alive--the book about the survivors of the plane crash in the Andes! Thank heavens. Now it won't rattle around in my head all day.