Wallace, who grew up in a small-town religious setting, takes readers to the fundamentalist Mormon community of Blister Creek, Utah, where Jacob Christianson, a physician, struggles to reconcile his deep faith with his concerns about his community’s fundamentalist practices. His father, Abraham, is the prophet of a polygamous sect. Abraham has exiled the Kimball family, sending its patriarch to prison. Now the Kimballs want revenge. Taylor Kimball is a brutal man bent on eliminating the Christiansons. As homes are destroyed and people die, Jacob and his family work with the FBI to find the Kimballs and end the violence. Readers will enjoy the stark western setting and the glimpse at life in a little-known community. They will also appreciate the strength of the women living in a patriarchal society. The strong characters and vivid atmosphere provide the appeal in this engrossing mystery.
About the Author
Michael Wallace was born in California and raised in a small religious community in Utah, eventually heading east to live in New England. An experienced world traveler, he has trekked through the Andes, ventured into the Sahara on a camel, and traveled through Thailand by elephant. In addition to working as a literary agent and innkeeper, he previously worked as a software engineer for a Department of Defense contractor, programming simulators for nuclear submarines. He is the author of more than a half-dozen novels, including The Righteous, Mighty and Strong, and The Wicked.