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Dead on Sunday by A.J. Orde

Dead on Sunday (1993)

by A.J. Orde

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While I enjoy the entire Jason Lynx series, I feel this is the weakest one. The character of the murder victim was so offensive that it was hard to understand why anyone even cared who killed him - he was even less sympathetic than most. When you finally find out the events leading up to the murder, you basically feel like cheering. On the other hand, the sheer number of plausible suspects made for a better mystery.

I also do not understand why the publisher would take such an intriguing title as "Looking for the Aardvark" and change it to the incredibly boring "Dead on Sunday". While I admit the second was appropriate, and that religion is important in the story, I would never have picked up a book with that title. ( )
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Troubles, so the old wives say, come in threes.
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Looking for the Aardvark was republished in paperback as Dead on Sunday. They are the same work.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449222829, Mass Market Paperback)

In a desolate chapel in the New Mexican desert, the unpopular Reverend Ernie Quivada lies dead, throat slashed, in front of a hypnotic painting of the Madonna and child. Interior designer and private investigator Jason Lynx finds himself drawn to the crime . . . and to Quivada's beautiful widow. Before he knows it, Jason is in over his head, struggling to stay afloat in an investigation whose vicious undertow tugs at his own deepest feelings . . .

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Denver-based interior designer and sometime amateur sleuth Jason Lynx is still in a funk following difficult discoveries about his own past when his old school friend Bruce Norman persuades him to go to Santa Fe and look into the murder of Bruce's half brother, Ernie Quivada. A self-styled preacher and relentless evangelist, Ernie yearned to do good but could see only evil. His fanaticism and insensitivity had earned him more than a few enemies among all strata of the complex local society, any one of whom might have slit his throat in order to curtail his unwelcome religious exhortations. The diverse list of suspects might even include his own teenage daughter, who left home because she could no longer bear to live with him, and his lovely, repressed, and wonderfully talented wife, who arouses emotions in Jason that he simply can't ignore. A side trip to Oklahoma, where the Quivadas once lived, turns up a likely pair of killers, and a second murder convinces Jason that he's got the case wrapped up. But then, back in Santa Fe, the search for Ernie's slayer takes a cruel twist, and Jason learns a bitter lesson about possessiveness, paranoia, and demented piety - and comes to understand that there are instances when homicide is justified, perhaps even a moral imperative.… (more)

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