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.
Publishers Weekly; page 69 2Aug99
By Sybil S. Steinberg;
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.
Publishers Weekly; page 77 2Aug99 L2
By Jeff Zaleski;
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.