City of Saints

City of Saints

Book - 2012
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To the outside observer, Salt Lake City might seem to be the squeaky-clean "City of Saints"--its nickname since Mormon pioneers first arrived. Its wide roads, huge Mormon temple topped by a horn-blowing angel, and orderly neighborhoods give it the appearance of the ideal American city, but looks can be deceiving.

When a beautiful socialite turns up dead, Art Oveson, a twenty-something husband, father, and devout Mormon just getting his start as a sheriff's deputy, finds himself thrust into the role of detective. With his partner, a foul-mouthed former strikebreaker, he begins to pursue the murderer--or murderers. His search takes him into the underbelly of Salt Lake City, a place rife with blackmail, corruption, and death.

Based on a true yet largely forgotten murder that once captivated the nation but still remains unsolved eighty years later, City of Saints reveals a darker picture of the Mormon capital than you ever expected.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781250015792
Characteristics: vii, 321 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jun 06, 2014

A real-life unsolved murder case from 1930's Salt Lake City turned into a historical fiction book with a resolution.

This is a good story. I'm sure it could be turned into a wonderful movie where the 1930's period would really come to life though the set and the clothes, it was kind of lacking in the book itself. A bit on the simple side for my tastes but an agreeable read anyway.

Aug 18, 2013

Good Salt Lake City local color including Mormon Church history and landmarks. Well written and fast-paced. The author gets the 1930’s details right: before television, people relied on radio and newspapers for information; before the Internet, research was tedious and took a long time; no cell phones, telephones used party lines, long distance calls were time-consuming to connect and the connections carried mostly static; many people drove cars but trips took a lot longer before interstate highways existed. Several strong female characters, including the full-time schoolteacher wife of the protagonist. I think her employment was highly unusual for that era, especially with her being a mother of two young children, although the hero mentions at least twice that he would never “allow” his wife to support him and their family.

(Staff) Elaine Bird Jun 15, 2013

A fascinating mystery set in Salt Lake City in the 1930s. I got a great feel for the time and place. Apparently based on a real murder this story is hard to put down. Very enjoyable.


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