Jude the obscure. Jude the patron saint of lost causes and final hopes. Jude, the least-known but greatly beloved apostle. Intrigued by the persistent and growing popularity of St. Jude, Liz Trotta-- a journalist who earned her stripes covering wars and murder trials, political scandal and assassinations-- launched an investigation into this most enigmatic of saints. "Jude" is the story of that investigation-- a quest to discover the true face of a saint credited with miraculous powers of healing and rescue. Travelling to Rome and Turkey, pursuing the mysterious Jude through the reliquaries of the Vatican and the shrines and churches of America, Trotta weaves an engrossing tale of spiritual sleuthing, piecing together both a history of the saint and the story of the wonders-- healings, redemptions, improved fortunes-- that countless supplicants the world over credit to him. And in the end, "Jude" also reveals the fascinating, always half-hidden face of St. Jude himself, and the powers of faith and belief to transform our lives.