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Mormon Characters in two hot mysteries

Summarized by Kent Larsen

Mormon Characters in two hot mysteries
Kent Larsen 18Aug99 L2

The Book Publishing bible, Publishers Weekly notes that two new high-profile novels include Mormon characters. Best-selling author Scott Turow includes a Mormon-born FBI Agent in his new novel, Personal Injuries and science mystery writer Sarah Andrews has a devout Mormon cop in her fifth "Only Flesh and Bones" mystery.

PW gave both books 'starred' reviews, indicating that they thought the books had particular merit.

Personal Injuries Publishers Weekly; page 69 2Aug99 By Sybil S. Steinberg;

*PERSONAL INJURIES Scott Turow. Farrar, Straus &Giroux, $27 (404p) ISBN 0-374-28194-7

Turow's lead character in Personal Injuries, Robbie Feaver, is a corrupt lawyer trying to work-out a deal with the FBI to finger the judges he bribed. The Mormon character is female FBI agent Evon Miller, who is assigned to work undercover with Feaver and finds herself drawn to him in spite of her better judgement. Like with all of Turows books, the publisher expects big sales and has printed 750,000 copies to meet expected demand.

Bone Hunter Publishers Weekly; page 77 2Aug99 L2 By Jeff Zaleski;

*BONE HUNTER Sarah Andrews. St. Martin's, $23.95 (320p) ISBN 0-312-20381-0

Andrews' "forensic geologist"Em Hansen, the heroine of the other books in her "Only Flesh and Bones" mysteries, attends a conference in Salt Lake City, only to find her host murdered. The investigating officer, a devout Mormon named Ray, suspects Hansen, but she soon finds herself attracted to him. Their relationship leads Hansen to wonder about the difference between his religion and her rational scientific beliefs, allowing Andrews to write "absorbing" dialog discussing creationism, fossil excavation and the scientific method.

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