The critically acclaimed sequel to Gary Stewart’s break-out novel The Tenth Virgin.
Salt Lake City private eye Gabe Utley’s cousin disappears, shortly after claiming that a “revelation” has prompted him to kidnap Wilford Richards, the ailing president of the Mormon church. Which is odd, since the Church announces Richards’ death, schedules his funeral, and names his successor, a California businessman with a shady background. Is Richards a hostage… or is he dead? And if he’s dead, why can Utley find anyone who has seen the corpse? Utley’s dogged investigation forces him to confront his own complex relationship with the faith and pulls him into a deadly whirlwind of corruption, lies and murder.
The new edition features an introduction by Mystery Scene columnist Ben Boulden that explores the life of author and Salt Lake City native Gary Stewart and the intriguing backstory behind his two ground-breaking Gabe Utley crime novels.
Salt Lake City private eye Gabe Utley’s cousin disappears, shortly after claiming that a “revelation” has prompted him to kidnap Wilford Richards, the ailing president of the Mormon church. The acclaimed sequel to THE TENTH VIRGIN.
A ground-breaking novel that's not only a compelling mystery... but also a revealing, highly-accurate look at the Mormon church, its beliefs and its culture....that's as stunning today as it was when it rocked the crime fiction world forty years ago. New York private eye Gabe Utley returns to his hometown of Salt Lake City after his high-school sweetheart, married to a prominent member of the Mormon church, asks him to find her missing and troubled teenage daughter, who may have been kidnapped by a violent polygamist cult.
A very impressive book...what makes Utley's sleuthing so compelling is his sense of ambiguity induced by his own Mormon upbringing
A marvelously intricate mystery with fascinating looks at modern Mormonism. Stewart's depiction of Salt Lake City and the Mormon religion and culture are masterly.
A solidly crafted, skillfully plotted, highly readable second venture into Mormonland--Salt Lake City and environs...a rich, many-layered story, full of twists and turns, touching moments and memorable people.