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Baptism for the Dead (1988)

by Robert Irvine

Series: Moroni Traveler (1)

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Moroni Traveler finds it a blessing and a curse to be named for the angel that graces the top of the temple looming over Brigham Young's city. The ex-football star-turned-private detective has returned to Salt Lake City, a town he once called home.During a spring blizzard, Moroni meets Penny Varney, the ungodly daughter of a powerful high churchman. She retains him to find her mother-whom she fears is dead. His boyhood friend, Willis Tanner, also solicits his services on the same day. Moroni can't believe his luck, but there's a catch: Willis is acting for the church and wants Moroni to keep an eye on Penny. Moroni is soon on the trail of a far-out religious sect whose self-appointed savior calls for sanctified murder. Moroni must act fast to close the case and discover the truth. The next victim could be him.… (more)
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There is something Irish saga-like in this book. The main character is not the biological son of the man who raised him, although he is named for him. The love interest of Moroni Traveler, Jr. although a troubled on, is already established (therefore there is no nonsense of Moroni sleeping with the ultimate murderer). The Mormon context provides further mythological themes. The relationship between non-Mormon Moroni and Willis Tanner I am sure will provide rich interaction in subsequent installments. The inevitable theme of polygamy. ( )
  Darrol | Mar 16, 2011 |
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Moroni Traveler finds it a blessing and a curse to be named for the angel that graces the top of the temple looming over Brigham Young's city. The ex-football star-turned-private detective has returned to Salt Lake City, a town he once called home.During a spring blizzard, Moroni meets Penny Varney, the ungodly daughter of a powerful high churchman. She retains him to find her mother-whom she fears is dead. His boyhood friend, Willis Tanner, also solicits his services on the same day. Moroni can't believe his luck, but there's a catch: Willis is acting for the church and wants Moroni to keep an eye on Penny. Moroni is soon on the trail of a far-out religious sect whose self-appointed savior calls for sanctified murder. Moroni must act fast to close the case and discover the truth. The next victim could be him.

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