Baptism for the Dead by Robert R. Irvine audiobook

Baptism for the Dead: A Moroni Traveler Novel

By R. R. Irvine
Read by Jeffrey Kafer

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780396093374

The Moroni Traveler Series: Book 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. 

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Summary

Summary

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. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Irvine takes Salt Lake City and, just like Hammett did with Frisco and Chandler with LA, whomps it, stomps it, and puts it in his pocket. Baptism’s as good as they get.” Robert Campbell, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist
“Irvine has a sure hand at interweaving plot and subplot, and a deft feel for characterization. His new protagonist is a likable addition to the long line of tough yet tender gumshoes.” Publishers Weekly
“He’s got the touch.” Wallace Stegner, praise for the author

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Reviews

by ShortNFuzzy 9/13/2017
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An odd duck...not bad...just odd

So, Moroni Traveller. RR Irvine must have really decided to give himself a corner he wanted to write himself out of. I understand there are writers who basically give themselves challenges and write around them (Tom Robbins supposedly randomly writes the first and last sentence of his books then tries to string them together over 400 pages) Take a man named after a Mormon angel from a family that has fallen out of the Mormon faith. Make this man angry and disdainful to said religion. Put him in Salt Lake City and make him a private investigator that (seems to) only work with Mormon clients. It's an interesting device that kind of guarantees cynicism on the part of the author working through his main character. You know what...it works! This turned out more enjoyable than I anticipated. Think Dashell Hammett with different motivations.

Author

Author Bio: Robert R. Irvine

Author Bio: Robert R. Irvine

R. R. Irvine is the author of the Moroni Traveler and Robert Christopher series, among others. He studied anthropology and archaeology at the University of California at Berkeley and now lives in Northern California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 4.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English