CITY OF SAINTS
This Hillerman Prize winner is well written, with excellent characters and an intriguing mystery. Based loosely on a real murder in the 1930s, it paints an interesting picture of religion, western culture and the tensions between Mormons and non-Mormons. There are rich possibilities to mine in upoming books.
A beautiful socialite turns up dead. New Salt Lake County Deputy Art Oveson ends up acting as a detective when it is obvious powerful forces are not interested in finding the true killer. With his partner, a non-Mormon in every way, he is determined to find the truth and the truth takes him into the Salt Lake City hidden from view, a dark place of corruption and lies. Finding the truth about not only the murder but also the victim is complicated and threatens everything Art loves. (MINOTAUR, Nov., 320 pp., $24.99)