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Summarized by Kent Larsen

New Thriller Covers 'Bloody Secrets Of Mormon History'
(Brigham's Day)
Publishers Weekly pg71 22May00 A4
By Sybil S Steinberg

Brigham's Day
John Gates. Walker, $23.95 (204)
ISBN 0-8027-3344-1

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- A new thriller by novelist John Gates has a Mormon setting and uses Mormon characters and history. But Publishers Weekly says that the book is 'formulaic' and uses 'stock characters and creaky plotting,' which undermine the novel.

The plot as described by Publishers Weekly shows a limited knowledge of Mormonism. Attorney Brigham Bybee is a divorced, recovering alcoholic who's career was ruined after he filed suit against a 'high Mormon church official.' Ruined, he agrees to help another attorney defend a murder case in Kanab, where he discovers that a 'secret Mormon police force' committed the murder to cover up an old document concerning the Mountain Meadows Massacre that might embarrass the Church.

Publishers Weekly's review wasn't all negative. It did say that Gates "keeps his story moving briskly and garnishes his tale with well-chosen local details and enough Mormon history and lore to awaken the reader's interest in the alternate culture that thrives in Utah."

It also reports that the book, which is released next month, will be an alternate for the Quality Paperback Book Club.


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