Practicing past teachings, a Mormon missionary viciously murders a gay man in the avenues of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Elder Aaron Lee and his mission companion walked the Salt Lake City streets spreading the teachings of the LDS Church. After talking with James Barone on the porch of his avenues home, Aaron couldn't get the thoughts to cease. "Homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of the lord." "Why would a Mormon missionary murder?
That was the one question that kept looping through Detective Klingensmith's mind. He and his partner Detective Robbins were about to find out in a journey that would take them from Salt Lake City to the red rocks of southern Utah.
I was interested when reading the synopsis of the book. However what followed was a disappointment, the story was so disjointed, and failed to have any semblance of a slow burn. The style and prose of writing was that of a high school senior. Having been raised a member of the LDS faith, (since having left) the history of the LDS church in Utah is very rich with history and bloodshed, and to hear the narrator pronounce the name or word Melchizedek ( in context of the higher Mormon priesthood) was highly distracting and frustrating, considering that the main target audience is going to be either former LDS members or somewhat scholarly LDS members.
What had the potential to be a fascinating story was unfortunately bastardized by amateurs writing a novel that couldn't figure out if it wanted to be a true crime style writing or a fifth rate John Grisham novel. The only positive to the book was the time spent trying to develop the main antagonist in Aaron Lee. Unfortunately had half the time even been spent on developing a protagonist there could have been a modicum if depth.
Sadly this book suffers from the same fate of Mormonism in that, as author Grant Palmer has popularly termed, being like a lake that is a mile wide, but an inch deep.
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