Fabulous Fiction Firsts #370
On a cold February morning in 1930, Salt Lake City Sheriff Deputy Art Oveson is called to a gruesome crime scene where young Helen Pfalzgraf, wife of a prominent physician, lay battered and dead in an open field. As it is an election year, Art and his foul-mouthed partner Roscoe Lund are under great pressure to quickly solve this high-profile case.
Among the suspects are the victim's husband, her adoring step-daughter, and her many lovers. The investigations take Oveson and Lund into the underbelly of Salt Lake City, a place rife with blackmail and corruption, underneath a veneer of "upright Mormonism and congeniality".
This engrossing...procedural steadily builds up steam and explodes in all the right places".
"(T)his hard-edged whodunit with echoes of James Ellroy warrants a sequel."
Andrew Hunt is a professor of history in Waterloo, Ontario. He grew up in Salt Lake City.
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