Robert R. Irvine (a.k.a. Val Davis) is the author of the Moroni Traveler series. He studied anthropology and archaeology at the University of California at Berkeley and now lives in Northern California.
Baptism for the Deadby R. R. Irvine
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High atop the Temple looming over Brigham Young’s city, the golden Angel Moroni trumpets to The True Believers. Far below, on Salt Lake’s blizzard-blinded streets, fallen angel Moroni Traveler gives the devil his due. An ex-football star turned P.I., Traveler’s searching for his chronically lost love who may not want to be found, and setting up shop in the town he once called home. Penny Varney, ungodly daughter of a powerful High Churchman, wants Traveler to find her mother—whom she fears is dead. The Church also wants Traveler on its payroll, on its terms: Don’t mess in Church business. But when Traveler discovers a far-out sect, a self-appointed savior with a secret army, and blood atonement—sanctified murder in which the victim is “set free from sin”—Church business becomes his calling. It’s a mission that will take him into the haunted, crimson mountains to find a lost soul—without losing his own.
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