The sudden death of Utah's Senator Orrin Hatch propels his successor, Lester Horner, first into Hatch's Senate seat and then on to become the first Mormon associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Carried along with Horner is Blythe Oaks, an ambitious and intelligent woman who is also Horner's favorite law clerk and fellow Mormon. But Blythe's reputation - and, by extension, Lester Horner's - is threatened when a female former employee accuses her of sexual harassment and career sabotage.
In Higher Authority White shifts his focus from Dr. Alan Gregory, the hero of Privileged Information and the national best seller Private Practices, to Alan's fiancée, Lauren Crowder. The pool-shooting deputy D.A.'s life is already complicated enough as she picks her way through her relationship with Alan at the same time she is fighting her quiet and dignified battle with multiple sclerosis. But since Blythe's accuser happens to be Lauren's kid sister, aspiring stand-up comic Teresa Crowder, Lauren plunges into the case. And she gets immediate help from an old law school buddy, Robin Torr, whose practice is in Salt Lake City.
When, suddenly, Blythe Oaks is savagely murdered in Washington, D.C., the lengths to which someone will go to protect secrets that might prove embarrassing to higher authorities in the church are starkly revealed. And as Crowder and Torr probe more and more deeply into these secrets, with timely help from Alan Gregory and his old friend Detective Sam Purdy of the Boulder, Colorado, police, White's tough but determined women find the body count growing and themselves placed in jeopardy by a remorseless killer.
©2013 Stephen White (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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I stayed with this book to the bitter end; accepting the odd ball story line in which the "ending" didn't match the run-up; and the very poor vocal characterizations of the women (primary characters) by Dick Hill. His interpretation of women's voices is to make them whiney, timid or both whiney and timid at one time. Very annoying. I've listened to him read other books and didn't find it a problem, but in this book, women were the leads, so it got to me.
That said, the book contained a great deal of history about the Church of the Latter Day Saints, and most of that was a bit frightening. The question of the story was whether the powerful Morman church would actually commit murder to avoid anyone uncovering secrets that would stain the church. Somehow I doubt it, but it made for an interesting plot, until it all came unraveled in the ending that the author invented.
I just don't have the love for this one. . . . even though there were some interesting elements to the story.
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